Decluttering Club: Why You Should ONLY Declutter With Bags NOT Boxes (and more Decluttering MISTAKES)
-trying to downsize, declutter and get rid of stuff to get seriously organized at home? Don't make these mistakes...

Today’s Declutter Challenge Club topic – 6 Decluttering MISTAKES you might be making when downsizing your stuff that are sabotaging your attempts to declutter your home.

Whether you’re decluttering slowly – or doing an extreme decluttering sweep of your home – let’s make sure you’re setting yourself up for success.

decluttering mistakes for Decluttering Club

Welcome to Life Hacks for Moms - we hope you enjoy all our tips and tricks for busy moms! Please note that we use affiliate links and ads to generate income at no cost to you.Thanks for visiting - and please feel free to share!

Overwhelmed by clutter and can’t seem to get motivated to declutter ALL your clutter piles?

I’ve been there. For years, I let decluttering slide because it was TOO overwhelming and I didn’t know where to start. And it kept getting worse (which made me too depressed to clean)!

I tried time management, cleaning schedules, list making, box sorting, stuffing my clutter in a closet, etc etc ETC… but nothing really helped.

In fact, I felt as if the clutter was getting worse!

And, it actually was getting worse since I was just moving things around – and not getting the clutter OUT of the house.

Finally, I found this system to declutter my home and it WORKS! My house is now organized and clutter free. I’m no longer overwhelmed when I walk in the front door!

It feels GREAT!

Many of my friends and family have now asked me to help them declutter their homes and I’ve learned a few things while watching them.

Know what I learned?

The MISTAKES people make when attempting to declutter their home.

Decluttering MISTAKES - new tips and tricks for our Decluttering Club. These are the 6 biggest mistakes your can make when you declutter your home

Decluttering Club – Let’s talk about 6 BIG decluttering MISTAKES and why we NEVER declutter with boxes when you’re de-junking your home to finally conquer your clutter

Decluttering Mistakes

Here are my Top 6 Decluttering Mistakes To Avoid that I see others make (that I used to make as well):

  1. trying to declutter the whole house at once,
  2. not following a proven system,
  3. buying new items when they already own enough of the same type,
  4. keeping broken items with plans to “fix it later”,
  5. letting sentimental value dictate what stays in the house, and
  6. not using bags and boxes the proper way.
Here’s a Decluttering School Tip:

Always use BAGS when you are decluttering your home… NOT boxes.

There’s a very simple reason why bags work SO much better when decluttering any room in your home.

Declutter Mistakes Using Boxes

Retrain Your Brain

When you’re uncluttering your home (or Decluttering… or de-JUNKING), it’s important to retrain your brain so you don’t feel SO darn overwhelmed by all the clutter around you.

There’s a reason all that clutter built up in the first place, right?


In order to change our behavior WITHOUT feeling overwhelmed, we have to do things differently and pretty much “trick” our brain into wanting to declutter.

One of the most important things you can do to retrain your brain is to ONLY declutter with BAGS and NEVER with BOXES.

Bags vs Boxes

The whole point of decluttering is to get RID of stuff, right?

In order to retrain your brain into a new “Get Rid Of It” mentality, you should ONLY use bags to remove the trash clutter from your home.

There’s a very simple reason why… and it has to do with how your brain subconsciously works.

It’s also one of the main reasons why Decluttering Challenges, like the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge, work so well for people when they never could find success with other decluttering programs.

It’s all in the BAGS, my friend!

Think for a moment what things in BAGS mean to you vs what things in BOXES mean to you.

For most people bags full of stuff = TRASH.

Boxes = storage or gifts (or Amazon deliveries ha!)

So, when deciding the whole bags vs boxes decluttering strategy – use BAGS.

Bags mean: GET RID OF IT

while boxes mean: KEEP IT

Decluttering is all about getting RID of stuff to simplify your life.

Don’t let your brain sabotage your decluttering efforts because your brain doesn’t feel comfortable getting rid of those things you pack up.

Put it all in BAGS… trash bags are your best bet.

Trash bags = TRASH.

Your brain is already trained to throw bags of trash away.

Try it.

 The Secret Lives of Hoarders: True Stories of Tackling Extreme ClutterShow Me This Making Space, Clutter Free: The Last Book on Decluttering You’ll Ever NeedShow Me This Decluttering at The Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with StuffShow Me This The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of ClutterShow Me This


More Decluttering Tips

Did you know there are 15 things in your kitchen you should throw away RIGHT NOW?

I’ll put money on the fact that YOU have at least 10 of those things in YOUR kitchen right now.

Check out the list of 15 things and get rid of them TODAY


Decluttering Club Tips

From 10 minute decluttering to turning your clutter into CASH, here are more tips for our Decluttering Club that will really help.

Decluttering Club Members

How To Turn Your Clutter Into CASH

How To Simplify Your Life And Get Rid Of Stuff

How To ENJOY Household Chores and Have Fun Cleaning House

How To Declutter When You Feel BAD Throwing Things Away

15 Things In YOUR Kitchen You Should Throw Away Right NOW

Miss Anything?