My top tips for overcoming decluttering inertia

There I was, staring at my 2017 in 2017 decluttering chart, pondering how my progress had stagnated. In January, I decluttered 200 items. Six months later, I’ve only managed a further 500ish items. Telling myself, “I must try harder”, I racked my brain for the ultimate idea to inspire me and reignite my motivation.

Then something struck me. Less than two weeks into June, I’d already decluttered as much as in all of May. Without even trying, I’d already solved my own problem! How?

Something is better than nothing

This stealthy surge in momentum coincided with reading Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck[i]. Manson discusses what he calls the “Do Something Principle”. Rather than waiting for the inspiration to do something, just start. The principle is based on the premise that action (doing something, anything) is both the cause of motivation, as well as the effect of motivation.

Manson's Do Something Principle - the key to overcoming inertia when decluttering

This resonated with me. Manson gave a name to a principle that I apply in different facets of my life to overcome procrastination. Despite having pretty much zero motivation for decluttering, Manson spurred me to re-engage with some of my tried and true strategies for overcoming inertia. I picked up the pace, got back on track with my goal, and it was painless.

In turn, that inspired me to share my top tips for overcoming your own inertia.

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My plan to declutter 2017 things in 2017

Decluttering, minimalism, minsgameI am going to declutter 2017 things from my home in 2017 and here’s how I plan to do it.

My decluttering journey began 18 months ago – a kitchen drawer, then the linen cupboard, before diving into my first go at the Minimalism Game. I’ve gone through my whole house at least once, twice for some areas, but I’m not finished yet. I notice the benefits on a daily basis. My mission this year is to tackle my last sticky trouble spots. I figure I still have at least 2017 excess belongings, there’s only one way to find out …

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Playing the Minimalism Game: A Guide to Success

Do you want to give the Minimalism Game a go, but feel daunted? I made this guide for you. It contains what I wish I knew before I played the Minimalism Game for the first time.

#minsgame, Minimalism Game, The Minimalists, declutteringIf you’re not familiar with the Minimalism Game, it’s a month-long challenge to get rid of your excess stuff. On day 1, out goes one thing; on day 2, out goes two things and on and on until day 30, when out goes 30 things. That’s around 500 things in total if you keep going for the whole month. You can find out more about the game on The Minimalists website.

Using the Minimalism Game, I’ve decluttered over a thousand things from my home . It’s simple and fun, but it’s also work. Quite a bit of work. However, with some effort upfront you can set yourself up for success and make it through the month.

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How to kickstart your clean out

Have you got too much stuff? Do you want to free up some much needed space and cash, but are having trouble getting started?

I have a guest post over at Orges full of tips to help.

Ogres is a free online marketplace for outgrown resources.

(Note: The Ogres marketplace is currently only available in New Zealand)

That’s a wrap on the #minsgame – lessons from 18 months of decluttering

I’m all #minsgame-d out – for now!

The challenge

My husband and I ended up completing two rounds of the #minsgame at our place between August and October.  We breezed through the August round and went, gung-ho, straight into another round. However, by mid-September, we gave other things priority and couldn’t keep up the pace. Plus, documenting all the decluttering was becoming a drag. Continue reading “That’s a wrap on the #minsgame – lessons from 18 months of decluttering”

Minimalism or spring cleaning? Week 2 #minsgame 2

This week, I’ve been pondering the question – am I moving towards minimalism or just spring cleaning?

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Week 2 – 77 items decluttered

I have come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter. Whatever ‘this’ is, it feels good and I’m glad I am doing it. Continue reading “Minimalism or spring cleaning? Week 2 #minsgame 2”

Looking back and heading forward – #minsgame 2

While my first go at playing The Minimalist Game got underway with a fair bit of angst and trepidation, this time around it’s fun!

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Week 1 – 23 items decluttered

Lesson learnt

It was only this week, when I started decluttering again on a daily basis, that the lesson of last year’s exercise really came home to me.

As I went through cupboards and drawers, I noticed I had a different mindset – stuff was just stuff.  Letting go of stuff is so much easier than it was the first time around.

Benefits realised

While doing the Minimalism Game again came about on the spur of the moment, on reflection having a year-long gap between rounds is beneficial.  A whole year has gone by and I haven’t missed or regretted a thing I decluttered last June.

What’s more, I continue to notice the benefits of last years big purge. When I need something from my plastics shelf, linen closet or bathroom cupboard, I just go and find it – no searching through an overflowing mass of clutter, no sense of dread, no swearing as I try to shove everything back in with one hand while trying to slam the door shut with the other!

Energy spent < energy saved

The energy I expended on last years Minimalism Game has been eclipsed by the energy I’ve saved on a daily basis through reduce sighing, searching, stuffing and swearing!

It’s so worth it. In my head, in my heart – I know this.  With this knowledge I am excited to get stuck into round 2.

Have you noticed lasting benefits from decluttering?