How to Set Yourself Up for Decluttering Success

Help clean your home, and lose weight, all at the same time.

September 22, 2016

When you prepare to declutter each new part of your home, I understand how daunting the challenge may seem. But you can do this.

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Here's how to tackle each area to make the cleaning spree as successful as it can be, and reap the weight loss benefits that come with it:

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Create a vision

Your vision is your starting point for decluttering the room. This vision sums up how you want the room to suit your needs, what emotion you want the space to evoke, and how you'll feel once the room is doing its job. 

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It's easy to say, "I want a painting for my bedroom" and to find one that's suitable. It's more challenging to say, "I want peace and calm, romance and tranquility from my master bedroom" and then work to create that mood in your space. But doing this first will help you declutter the room more efficiently—and enjoy better results for the effort you put into it.

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Follow a list of tasks

How do you eat that elephant? One bite at a time. Go through each room in a deliberate manner. Some rooms require more tasks than others. Some tasks are easy, some take more time and labor. At the beginning of each project, scan the list of tasks and figure out how to divide them evenly over the week so you have enough time for each. 

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Give yourself plenty of time

You're losing weight and making your home livable again. These are not trivial undertakings. They're huge improvements of utmost importance. Give these activities the time and focus they deserve. 

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Plan your day around how you'll eat and when you'll do your decluttering tasks. Keep your kitchen stocked with foods on your meal plan so you never order a pizza because your cupboard is empty. 

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Remember that it’s not just about the decluttering

Be sure not to forget to make time for exercise throughout the week, and try out no-equipment workouts you can do at home so you can appreciate your clean space. Stick with it so your body becomes ready for the increasing physical challenges as you progress through the program.

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Take photos

Before you start on each area, take a picture of it. By looking at a picture of the clutter, you can view your rooms from another, more detached and less emotional perspective. Afterward, you'll be able to enjoy your new room even more once you take an "after" photo to do a side-by-side comparison.

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Down the road, you'll also have photographic reminders of how you never want your home to look again. While you have your camera out, consider taking pictures of mementos that you're going to haul out. Letting go of things is often easier if you have photos that preserve the memory of them.

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Get support

Be sure to line up your own forms of support and create ways to broadcast your success (if you enjoy sharing these sorts of events, of course). 

Bring your family on board.

You'll especially need the support of everyone else who lives in your home. Since you're probably going to be rearranging rooms they use—and you'll likely want to get rid of some of their stuff while you're decluttering—you'll want them to have some appreciation for what you're doing. 

Even better: Have them join you in your decluttering and weight loss activities whenever possible! When your family is involved, they are far more likely to be committed to the changes you hope to achieve.

Adapted from Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight

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