Decluttering Momentum in Action

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Quite a while ago, I received a quick note from one of you sharing your success cleaning out your closet. I had every intention of posting it as a reader story, but I’m glad (for once) that I didn’t get it done right away. I received another message recently, with details of an even bigger decluttering success story.
This is a great example of how decluttering momentum works.
Declutter non-emotional stuff first. Deal with the things that obviously need to be dealt with but don’t cause emotional pain. Experiencing this success and the joy of living with less gives momentum and will eventually bring you to the point where you can tackle overwhelming, emotionally difficult clutter.
The first email:
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I want to share my closet. I am super proud!! I have recently lost some weight, and much of what I have doesn’t fit. Or fits oddly. I saw a 40 hanger challenge on another blogger’s page, and after some thought, decided to give it a whirl. I used much of what I learned here, and started yanking stuff out. My husband came in, looked at what I was doing and started to say something. I made the sound you make when the dog is getting ready to pee on the rug. He turned around and quickly left! Lol! After my purge, I had used TWENTY FOUR HANGERS!!

Granted, I have folded stuff, but it *all* fits. I can *see* it, I will wear it without fear of ruining it. If I don’t wear it, it will hang there till it won’t fit, or is out of style!! I honestly couldn’t be more happy right now!!

Much love and thank you for all the inspiration!! I am deslobbing myself!!

BTW, I purged over 150 items of clothing!! And more than 10 pairs of shoes!

The second email, months later:

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Hello again! I wanted to share another breakthrough for me that YOU are responsible for.
I have started to tackle a corner of my basement that has boxes I have had since I was 19 years old. I will be turning 40 in February, so I have moved this crap from house to house more times than I can count.
I would open a box and throw a few items away, get overwhelmed because it was a box of papers and photos. I forced myself to go through them. I found stuff I didn’t even know I had.
I looked at my parents’ nasty custody papers over me, and the memories flooded over me.
I cried. A lot.
I then gathered all those papers, and took them to the wood stove, and burned them. A million pounds were lifted off my shoulders. I released all the old anger and hurt in that fire. It was good. I reminded myself, I’m not other people’s memory keepers.
I also burned some old photos of past relationships (friends and lovers). I did break a rule you have suggested… I went out and got 4 plastic totes. I have my family memorabilia in probably 6 totes that stack together to form a dangerous teetering tower of plastic and paper.
I am giving each person ONE new tote. After that new tote is filled, that’s it. No more. The emptied totes will house something else… or be turned into recycling bins…. but the goal is to get all those little things into that smaller space.
I am reclaiming my house, one step at a time, and you have helped me along the way… in more ways than you know <smile>
Thank you,
Melody S.
 And her P.S. . . .
Of all those boxes that I cleaned out so far? I took an entire mini van of crap to the dump. I even told my husband if he sees something he thinks I didn’t mean to throw away, to just throw it away. I know what’s in the boxes that’s going, and I promise it’s supposed to be there. He gave me a pat on the back, and cheered me on.
I love this so much. All of it. Gaining Decluttering Momentum (starting with non-emotional stuff like clothes and later tackling the tough stuff like custody papers) is possible. - From Our Mailbox
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The Mama Who Kept on Decluttering

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I don’t share many pictures of my kids’ rooms anymore. They’re old (one is FOURTEEN) and have their own lives and such and I don’t feel it’s my place to share their messes with the world.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t declutter. Oh boy, we do.

It gets easier and easier and easier every time. You know how I talk about re-decluttering? And decluttering momentum? And how we live a (totally imperfect) lifestyle of decluttering now?

All those things apply to my kids. Every time we declutter their rooms, the impact is bigger because of all the other times we’ve decluttered. They also are reminded, every single time, that a decluttered room is much more livable.

We still stink pretty bad at keeping rooms perfect, but every decluttering session is worth it. Really.

Here’s what we decluttered recently:

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  1. Stuffed animals. My daughter had big plans and claimed she was ready to get rid of most her stuffed animals. (Most of about 40.) She pitched three. I understood. And since the rest were contained, I didn’t fight that battle.
  2. The Supergirl cape. This is a win! We’ve debated about that multiple times, but this time it was angst-free.
  3. Clothes, clothes and more clothes. Some didn’t fit, and many were just honest answers to the question of whether they would ever choose to wear it.

Want to see LOTS of links to previous kids’ rooms posts? Go here.

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Stopping in the Middle of a Whole House Decluttering Project

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Can you tell I’m behind getting back into the groove of blogging after the craziness of the holidays?

No? Oh. Never mind, then.

I took this picture on New Year’s Eve:

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We had some friends come over. We had actually planned to be out of town, but my husband unexpectedly had his gall bladder removed the week before Christmas and we decided to stay home and let him rest.

The week after Christmas, I shared Non-Overwhelming Decluttering Tasks that are focused on producing visible results and actual progress each and every day. I’m a big fan of NOT making a bigger mess when I declutter.

And it worked. I wasn’t done decluttering (har-dee-har-har-har!!!! like I’ll ever be done!!!) on the day of our gathering, but all the work I’d done was visible. Each day’s effort had made an impact.

Here’s the beauty of that: in the middle of my week of decluttering, I could stop and clean.

Just stop. And clean.

I dusted ceiling fans (phooey on the cold weather that wouldn’t let me keep them running so the dust would be invisible!), cleaned bathrooms and moved furniture to vacuum underneath.

It felt good.

Waking up and starting to clean (instead of first having to shove and shift clutter) is a huge perk of focusing on visible progress above all else every time I declutter.

Did you go through the five days of non-overwhelming decluttering tasks (or are you going through them now)? Have you seen the benefit?


Oh. And don’t forget that my e-books are on sale through the end of January. You can get both 28 Days to Hope for Your Home and Drowning in Clutter? for $5, which is usually the cost of one e-book. And . . . in case you’re hesitating, you need to know that as of March 1, 28 Days won’t be available anymore as an e-book, in preparation for its inclusion as an appendix to my REAL book coming out in November.

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