How To Simplify Life and Get Rid Of Stuff – 10 SIMPLE Tips That Worked For MY Junky House

How To Downsize Your LIFE And Get Rid Of STUFF So You Can FINALLY Get Organized –

Tired of feeling overwhelmed with clutter and the weight of all your STUFF in your junky house?

Ready to start simplifying life and get rid of your excess stuff for good?

These 10 simple tips below will help you get a grip on things and finally find some peace in your life.

All it takes is getting started!

How I finally decluttered my home after being overwhelmed for YEARS
To declutter a house that has overwhelmed you with clutter for years, set a goal and timeline, tackle one room at a time starting with the most cluttered areas, sort items into piles of things to keep, donate or sell, and throw away, take breaks and reward yourself for progress, and consider enlisting the help of a friend or family member. Let’s break it down step-by-step with some tips and tricks to help…

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10 Simple Ways to Simplify Life and Get Rid Of Stuff

I’ll admit it: I used to have stuff everywhere in my home – and WOW, how all that STUFF used to complicate my day-to-day life in so many ways.

But above all, it just plain frustrated me!

It got to the point where I’d walk around screaming inside, “my house is a disaster and I don’t know where to start!”

And my LIFE – oh girl, it was a cluttered MESS too.

I was constantly asking myself:

“HOW do I get rid of stuff and live simply?”

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Downsizing LIFE

What I’ve learned about downsizing my stuff and my LIFE is what I share below – and my goodness, my life has changed so much! In fact, my life is, dare I say… simple now.

Now, I’ve simplified by consistently getting rid of stuff I don’t need/ use and getting rid of any excess stuff that is just taking up space in my house and in my mind.

It has been SO freeing!

Yep, I pretty much declutter EVERYTHING.

If that is your goal, too – I have 10 tips below that will help you finally get rid of ALL that stuff and live a more simplified life.

10 Tips That Work

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1. Too much STUFF does THIS to your life.

To start this process, you must understand how STUFF complicates your life.

When you have a lot of STUFF around, it’s easy to feel like you need more STUFF. You get caught in the cycle of acquiring more stuff when it’s not even making you happy. Confusion, stress, and anxiety sneak in as your environment seems to be getting more complicated and chaotic. You seem to need more and more things just to keep up with life.

STUFF is not your friend! It causes stress, confusion, clutter, overspending, and cluttered thinking.

Once you seriously understand that, you are truly ready to DO something about it.

2. Use a Clutter Control “OUT” box

Here are the key steps to help you simplify life and get rid of stuff with a “Clutter Control OUT” box:

  1. Designate a “Clutter Out” box or trash can for unwanted stuff.
  2. Anytime you come across anything you do NOT want or need, put it in the Clutter Control OUT box.
  3. When the Clutter Control OUT box is full, sort thru what will be trashed and what will be donated.
  4. Be sure to trash the stuff that is trash, and donate the donation stuff RIGHT THEN.
  5. Rinse and repeat.

Another simple strategy I follow that helps me get rid of stuff is the ‘Box IN/ Box OUT’ decluttering challenge – that one helps ME a TON!

Interested In A Declutter Challenge?

How To Use A Declutter Challenge To Get Rid Of Clutter

How To Use A Declutter Challenge To Get Rid Of Clutter

3. The simple way to get rid of STUFF

Set a timer and GO! Yes, just set a timer for 15 minutes and dive in to declutter one small area. It could be your desk, your closet, the nightstand, the bathroom cabinet. When you have that time to focus only on decluttering that one space you’ll have some amazing results!

30 minutes is my usual Get Rid Of Stuff block time now – I get SO much done with that because I am all focused on one task. But I’ll be honest, I started with less than 5 minutes on my timer.

Start with whatever amount of time you think you can handle and then build up minutes from there.

4. Acknowledge how STUFF has taken over your life.

Feel overwhelmed? Do you feel like you need more and more STUFF to be happy? Have you found that when you get rid of stuff, your life seems too empty? Maybe you’ve come to the realization that all the stuff in your life is taking over. Maybe you’ve made excuses for why it’s ok to have so many things around. Maybe you’ve found yourself needing more and more stuff to make life “perfect”.

Listen to me AGAIN:

Stuff is not your friend!

If you think you have an actual problem with your relationship with STUFF…

READ: How Much Clutter Is Too Much?

5. Don’t let paper clutter build up.

I love using this paper clutter method for simplifying my paperwork, mail, bills, etc.

I don’t follow her rules exactly, but I like the way it makes me look at my paper clutter and how to handle it so it never builds up.

Just that one skill of knowing how to get rid of paper clutter has REALLY simplified my day-to-day life.

Need Help With Paper Clutter?

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How To Get Rid Of Paper Clutter To Simplify Your Life

6.Keep it simple.

If you’re really wanting to simplify your life, getting rid of stuff should not feel overwhelming or like a chore.

Instead, think of it as something you GET to do – a gift you give to yourself.

Remember, this process is more of a life change than it is a one-time sprint. Go at your pace in a way YOU feel as you’ll be able to keep it up.

✅  TIP: Get these printable checklists to keep you on track.

You’ll find tons of cleaning checklists, 3 different Declutter Challenges, and tons of printable pages to declutter room by room at YOUR pace.

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7. Get rid of clothes you don’t wear or need.

Take a good look in your closet – how much of that STUFF do you actually WEAR?

Girl, it’s time to LET IT GO.

Here are tips to declutter your clothes that really helped me.

Let’s all be honest, we really CAN have too many clothes – to the point where we don’t even know what we HAVE anymore.

And that leads to…. buying MORE clothes – ugh!

Need Help Getting Rid Of Clothes?

How To Get Rid Of Clothes To Simplify Your Life

How To Get Rid Of Clothes To Simplify Your Life

8. Get help if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

If the sheer thought of decluttering ALL your stuff leaves you WHY you feel SO overwhelmed, it’s OK to get help. Just make sure to get the help you need from someone who knows how to simplify life and doesn’t overwhelm you with information and “helpful” suggestions.

You can hire a local organizing coach, consult a professional organizer, or do a web search for “organizing coach” and “organizer” – but I understand that hiring someone is not always in everyone’s budget.

My best advice?

Enlist the help of a trusted friend or family member… especially if you can NOT figure out HOW to get motivated to clean.

If motivation itself is not your “issue”, but you just want some inspiration…

Read these 5 weird decluttering tips to put a little pep in your decluttering step.

9. Make getting rid of stuff a habit.

Find a few simple ways to handle things so you don’t become overwhelmed. Don’t let the process become more of an inconvenience than it should be.

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Simple tips for getting rid of stuff to simplify your life:

  1. Plan ahead – write down items you want to get rid of and set aside those times you’ll tackle your space.
  2. Don’t be afraid to get rid of stuff – if it gets in your way or distracts you, let it go and move on.
  3. Don’t worry about the size of your STUFF pile – everyone has stuff. Heck, most of us have too MUCH stuff. The important thing is – YOU are getting RID of it.
  4. Give yourself a break from STUFF – if you feel overwhelmed and need a breather, just take it!

It takes a while to create a new habit, but it’s worth it in the long run – especially when you want to control the clutter in your home.

Try to simplify your items, rather than just getting rid of STUFF.

For example, instead of having a huge closet full of clothes with no rhyme or reason for what’s inside, pare down what you have so it’s easier every day to pick out an outfit – simple and organized.

Need Help Getting Started Because It’s All TOO MUCH?

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How To Start Cleaning A Messy, Cluttered Neglected House

10. Be kind to yourself.

Remember, you are NOT a bad or lazy person if you have lots of STUFF.

It’s just an unfortunate fact that modern day society, media, and advertising is all about getting people to spend more money on more stuff. It’s easy to fall into that trap!

Imagine how your life will be after you get rid of stuff. Will it improve?

How about your daily routine – will it go more smoothly?

It’s not just about getting rid of a few things; simplifying means you are identifying the STUFF that dominates your life and going through it one by one with a new way of thinking.

You might feel like this process will never end, but if you keep at it, it WILL get easier and easier to find those items that deserve to stay in your life – and the STUFF that needs to go.

Remember: Getting rid of stuff is about making space for the things you want in YOUR new and simplified life.

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My House Was a MESS!
And my anxiety was through the roof!

I needed a plan to get it together - it was all pushing me over the edge.

Thing is - we LIVE here... I never had the fantasy that my home would ever look "Pinterest perfect".

I simply wanted more control, less clutter and much less anxiety.

I finally found something that worked for ME.
  • My house is now easier to clean - I can now clean it in minutes, instead of hours.
  • I can now actually FIND the things I'm looking for.
  • I learned some simple decluttering systems that make me much more efficient every day - and I'm more relaxed and less overwhelmed all the time (finally)
  • My house now looks pretty darn good almost all the time.
  • Best of all - I no longer stress about guests unexpectedly showing up.
Turns out, it was so much easier to do than I ever expected.

This is how I did it.

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