Clutter isn’t just a nuisance; it also impacts our brains. Having a space that feels complete and not cluttered leads to the brain feeling uncluttered, making it easier to make financial decisions. Let’s spice up the challenge of decluttering your home easily and quickly as we cover speeding up your decluttering process and popular minimalist challenges in this episode.
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7 Tips to Speed Up the Decluttering Process
This article from Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist, known to have written books on minimalism, shares tips on speeding up the process of decluttering.
What Jen + Jill have to say:
If you find yourself getting overwhelmed trying to declutter room by room, try going in waves— walk around your home with a box and fill it with items you may no longer need. Jen wants to donate some of the things from her home. Label the items you would place in storage units or spaces with dates so you can revisit them after 6 months.
While it is not highly recommended, giving yourself a limited time to complete a task will push you further in decluttering faster. You can also get some help from the people you live with or some friends. But Jill advises you to invite the friends whom you care about and ask what they think about your space. Thinking, talking, or even listening to a podcast about decluttering does not result in change!
11 of the Best Decluttering and Minimalism Challenges Worth Trying
The article from Sarah Ever After lists down fun mini-decluttering challenges you can do over 30 days.
What Jen + Jill have to say:
The first challenge is for you to decide on 10 spaces you want to move through in your decluttering process. Find 10 items in each of those spaces, which will then have you getting rid of 100 items by the end of the challenge. You can also do the 12-12-12 challenge, which instructs you to search for 12 items to throw away, 12 to donate, and 12 to put in their right place. Jill looks back on an episode (Ep 59 Creating Soulful Simplicity in Your Life with Courtney Carver) where they tackled the Project 333 challenge that you may also find helpful.
A popular minimalism challenge called “Min’s Game” is often left unfinished by participants. The challenge allows you to start small and work your way up, but by the end of the month, you may find yourself having a hard time finding 400+ items to take out. Jen would try doing this challenge backward. The packing party challenge may not be for everyone, for the most part.
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How do you usually deal with the "what if I need this later?" when decluttering?
Jen admits that she may not be the best person to ask this, as she usually just chucks it first and asks herself later.
But for Jill, she asks herself filtering questions for an item, such as how do I foresee myself using this in the future? How much will it cost to buy again if needed? How hard will this item be to find in the future?
Bill of The Week
Thank you Emily for sharing your bill about not paying for your house!
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