Decluttering doesn’t need to be difficult. It actually isn’t. What holds you back is your mindset — your attitude around it. It can seem overwhelming when you’re surrounded by stuff. Clutter creates anxiety and feelings of overwhelm. No one wants to feel like that!
So what can you do instead?
I’m going to share five of my favorite decluttering Mini Challenges. They’ll help you reduce clutter quickly and easily. And, you’ll see and feel the results. The good news is that they each take only 5 minutes.
Just for today, I’m going to ask you to suspend any unhappy thoughts you have around decluttering. I want you to try out a Mini Challenge.
First, read through the Mini Challenges listed below. Next, select one that resonates with you. You don’t need to do all of them — just pick one. Next, grab your phone and set a timer for 5 minutes. Complete the challenge. It’s only 5 minutes so you can put your best energy behind it.
Mini-Challenge #1: Clear one surface space
Find one small space to clear. Remember you’re going to have to work fast. If 5 minutes isn’t enough, then reset the timer for 5 more. Ideas about where to start: clear the top of your dresser, pick clothing off the floor in your bedroom, straighten shoes in the closet, clear the kitchen table or a counter. Pick one surface to work on. Go! I know you’ll love how you feel when your eyes see a clean space rather than clutter!
Mini-Challenge #2: Empty a Shelf
You’ll find shelves in just about every room of your home so you can take your pick. Find one shelf and take everything off it. Dust or wipe it down with a damp cloth. Discard anything you don’t need. Next, place everything back on the shelf in an organized manner.
Remember, you’re trying to declutter so that means getting rid of stuff and cleaning. You’ll love the result. Ideas about where to start: kitchen cupboard shelf, closet shelf, bathroom shelf, book shelf. Remember you’ll only focus on one shelf. I know you’ll love the result. Now you can see how easy it is to declutter the rest!
Mini-Challenge #3: Create a place for papers
Papers. Even in this digital age, we have a lot of paper to manage — mail, bills, receipts, notebooks, calendars, and so on. Find a box where you can sort all your papers. Set your timer for 5 minutes. Next, as quickly as possible, gather all your papers and place them in the box.
Save the sorting for another day. Right now, you just want to get all the papers contained in a single place. In the future, buy a few file folders, label them, and then organize your papers. So let’s get started! I guarantee you’ll breathe a sigh of relief just by completing this simple challenge.
Mini-Challenge #4: Put 5 things in their place
Everything has a place. More likely than not, some of your things are not located where they need to be. Clothes might be on the floor rather than in the clothes hamper. Paperwork might clutter your desk rather filed in folders and hidden from view. Dirty dishes might be in the sink rather than washed and stored in cabinets. Set your timer and find 5 things to put away in 5 minutes. The more you can do in 5 minutes, the better. You can make a game out of this and try to beat the 5 item goal. This would also be a fun game to enjoy with your children!
Mini-Challenge #5: Donate or throw away 5 things
This is one of my favorite challenges because you get two choices on how you want to use it. If you’ve got clutter, you likely have more stuff than you need or use. You’re going to have to think quickly for this one as there’s no time to get emotional or cling to things you really don’t need.
Before you starting, decide to focus on one thing — either finding 5 things to donate or 5 things to throw away. This focus will help your brain spot the items more quickly and easily. Set your brain for donate or discard. Then grab a bag or box. Set your timer for 5 minutes and go for it!
There you have it. Five mini challenges that can help you get a start on clearing your clutter. Be sure to check back for more tips in the future.
Clutter can stand in the way of accomplishing your dreams. It can keep you stuck in your business, stalled in your career, or miserable in your home. It doesn’t need to be that way. There’s a way out and you don’t need to find it alone.
If you’re ready to declutter your life so you can free up your mind and energy to pursue your heart’s desire, let’s chat!
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