083 Clutter Threshold – How Much Stuff Can I Handle? Podcast

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My mom’s clutter threshold vs. mine.

28 Days to Hope for Your Home (retiring as an e-book on Feb 29th!)

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When the Thought of Decluttering is Overwhelming, Start Here

When decluttering is overwhelming and you don't know where to start, start here.


I get it.

Decluttering a slightly messy closet is a nice thought.

Decluttering an entire house with cabinets that won’t close, entire rooms that can’t be used, a walk-in closet that hasn’t been walkinable in months/years . . . is completely overwhelming.

Really, I get it. Decluttering is overwhelming.

The best advice I can give (based on way too much personal experience) is to grab a trash bag (or a shopping bag or a box you were planning to throw away) and start removing trash. Trash is easy.

If you have a recycling bin, grab it too.

Start with the most obvious trash in your home. Food wrappers. Dirty tissue. Empty packaging. Broken toys placed “briefly” on the kitchen counter (last month) so you could decide if you had the time/energy/desire to fix them.

Here’s the thing. “Clutter” is an ambiguous word. Clutter can be a pile of papers, a pile of shoes, or a closet full of who-knows-what.

Over the past more-than-six years of my own deslobification process, I’ve learned this:

Clutter = The Unknown

Who knows what kinds of glorious treasures I’ll find in that pile? Who knows what kinds of can’t-possibly-get-rid-of-it stuff I’ll uncover?

I don’t. And even worse, I don’t know what I’ll do with it if/when I run across this unknown treasure/necessity.

All that not-knowing is a great reason to wait.

And not do anything.

So to make myself do something, I start with the easiest of the easy stuff: trash.

Make the pile a little smaller or the room a little less stuffed-to-bursting by pulling out ads for used car lots or the empty boxes I thought I’d already taken out to the garage.

There are two possible results to this strategy:

  1. I see a visible difference because the trash is gone, get inspired to keep going and completely finish decluttering what was once an overwhelming space.
  2. I see a visible difference.

Either way, I’ve made progress. I like progress.

If you’re continually overwhelmed by the clutter in your home, keep reading.

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If even thinking about decluttering is overwhelming, this is the place to get started decluttering your home.


Only Available for 20 More Days – 28 Days to Hope for Your Home!

Warning 28 Days to Hope for Your Home will be retired from e-book form at the end of Feb!

Just letting you know that if you have thought about buying 28 Days to Hope for Your Home, but haven’t yet . . . don’t delay.

I know for a fact it was four years ago when I first released 28 Days to Hope for Your Home. I remember because I’d had this great idea to put it out on February 1st, and I was going to market it to those people who had given up on their New Year’s Resolutions within the first month of the year. The idea was to spend February working toward real hope.

And then I realized it was a Leap Year.

But 29 Days didn’t have the same ring to it.

Little did I know that I would still be receiving emails four years later, letting me know that another home has been improved by following the broken-down-as-far-as-they-can-be-broken-down steps in that little e-book.

But alas, it’s coming down.

My “real” book, How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind, will be released on November 8th of this year. That book will cover it all, giving you everything you need to get your home under control (except for the sweat and effort and tears you’ll have to provide). I asked if I could add 28 Days to Hope for Your Home as an appendix to that book, and the publisher agreed. As a formerly hopeless housekeeper, I couldn’t bear the thought of someone learning all about how to keep their home under control from the book, but then not having immediate access to that day-by-day, quick-start guide.

So, if you don’t have it, now is the time. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until you buy the big book in November. I promise you, you’ll want that book, too.

And your dishes will already be done, so you can stop and read as soon as you get it!!

Go here to be sure you don’t miss it!

Only Available for a Limited Time! This e-book will guide you through the development of four basic habits that will get your home under control!


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