Too Much Stuff-Not Enough SPACE? How To Simplify Your Life and Get Rid Of Stuff in 7 Easy Steps –
Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed with too much STUFF?
Do you have too much stuff but not enough space?
Trust me, you are NOT alone!
While there’s no magic overnight solution to the clutter, you can declutter and simplify your stuff with this simple 7 step system that works – because getting rid of stuff feels GOOD!
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Too Much STUFF?
When you’re overwhelmed with too much stuff, it’s feels impossible to figure out how to organize a room with too much stuff – let alone your whole house!
The good news is: You CAN simplify your life and get rid of stuff without feeling overwhelmed or suffering from decluttering guilt.
I know you feel you should just throw everything away and start over, but extreme decluttering is not the solution here.
Before you declutter EVERYTHING, let’s talk about the signs you have too much stuff and how to get rid of the things you do not need to simplify your life and quiet your mind
✅ Warning Signs
Wondering if you really have too much stuff? How MUCH stuff is TOO much?
Having too much stuff is a real burden on your emotional well-being as well as for those who also live in your home.
Here is a quick quiz for you to help you determine if YOU have too much stuff – check off all that apply to you. The more you check, the bigger your problem with excess stuff and clutter might be.
11 warning signs that you have too much stuff:
- Your stuff makes you feel overwhelmed and embarrassed
- You can’t find things in your home – or plain forget you have it – so you buy it again
- You have so much stuff that you can’t even figure out where to START getting rid of it
- You regularly find expired items in your pantry or refrigerator
- You keep buying more organizers and baskets to “organize” your stuff
- Your drawers, cabinets and closets are stuffed to the max
- Your rooms feel suffocating and cramped
- Family and friends comment on how much stuff you have
- You have tons of things you NEVER use, but you feel guilty throwing things away
- You feel at peace and relieved when staying in a hotel room
- You hide your clutter and stuff in a spare room, your garage, etc and keep the door closed
A home does not get to the point of having too much stuff overnight – and can’t be expected to become clutter free that way either. The more stuff we have in our homes – the more cluttered our homes look and our brains feel.
Wouldn’t it just be more simple – to just have less stuff?
Of course it would – but how do we get there?
How To Get Rid Of It
So now you know you officially have TOO MUCH STUFF.
Let’s move on to how to get RID of too much stuff and get your clutter under control.
note: you do NOT need permission to throw things away – it’s YOUR stuff, let’s get rid of it!
It may seem like a daunting task, but by starting slow and working your way around your home – it will all be worth it.
The more we can make our home our own instead of using them to store things we don’t need or that clutter up the room, the better!
Your home is NOT a storage unit, ok?
If you want to minimize your belongings and get rid of excess STUFF, but don’t know where to start, do this:
Start with one room at a time!
No need to completely overwhelm yourself with the BIG project of the WHOLE HOUSE – start the easy way.
How To Simplify Life and Get Rid Of Stuff
I was flat out OVERWHELMED with too much stuff and not enough space – these are the 7 steps I took to get rid of my stuff to finally simplify my life AND my home.
One of the easiest ways to reduce the stuff in your home is by tackling just one room at a time. That doesn’t mean you can’t dejunk the stuff in other rooms later on when you’ve finished – it only means that the first step should be small enough so that it’s doable on its own while also ridding your home of some excess clutter in the process.
7 Step Checklist
Here’s the checklist with the seven steps listing how you can start getting rid of “stuff” in your home, starting with one room at a time…
1. Pick one room or space to begin.
Step one to getting rid of stuff to simplify your life is this – get motivated and then pick ONE room or ONE space to start.
Maybe it’s your living room or kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, office – or you could do it by area (like cleaning out a closet or decluttering your junk drawer).
If you’re new to getting rid of stuff in this manner, I strongly recommend starting SMALL to begin with – like, pick your bathroom counter to start with.
2. Get a trash bag, box, laundry basket and a timer.
Have everything you need on hand before you start – and be sure you’ve ready why you should NEVER use boxes when decluttering.
3. Set the timer for 15 minutes
Yes, only 15 minutes! No need to over-stress yourself with some long drawn out process. Start with 15 minutes and FINISH -that, alone, will motivate you to perhaps do a longer time later.
Put trash in the trash bag, things you want to get rid of / donate in the box and things that belong in another room in the basket.
Don’t overthink this, just do it. If you have to, pretend it’s not YOUR stuff to hopefully take that mental attachment feeling away from your things.
If you have decluttering guilt, remember:
It’s just STUFF.
5. Work Out To In
Begin in one corner of the room and work around the walls first – middle of the room last.
Don’t be working randomly around the area – make a path and stick to it.
When the timer goes off – throw the trash out and then put the items in the basket in their correct rooms.
If your Clutter OUT box is full – get rid of it – if it is not full – save it for the next 15 minute cycle.
7. Repeat When Ready
Repeat this 15 minute system until all the stuff you want removed is out of the room leaving ONLY the things you really want in the space.
It’s amazing how less stuff can bring more happiness in life.
One day, I read this list of kitchen stuff to throw away – and did it.
The sheer act of throwing away unwanted STUFF was so freeing – it was like this suffocating weight was lifted off of me.
I felt so relieved to have that stuff GONE.
From then on, I had a renewed energy to declutter and simplify my home – and got to work 15 minutes at a time.
Now, I love walking into ANY room in my home AND I don’t feel embarrassed anymore when company comes over.
Remember, you house is your HOME – it is NOT a storage unit for STUFF!
Simplify your stuff – this will free up valuable space in your home and in your mind for other purposes – and can allow you to relax more as well.
If you commit to doing these small steps to simplify your belongings over and over – you will have your home decluttered without feeling like you have taken on a huge overwhelming project.
The burden of too much stuff is very real and is something I think we can all relate to.
The best way to reduce the burden of too much stuff is to simplify your belongings.
Getting rid of STUFF has a positive effect on your mind, your emotions, and the way you view the world – so don’t be afraid to start!
Remember: Keep it simple!
Don’t be afraid to take it one small step at a time.
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