Do you ever feel like you have to dedicate an entire afternoon or even a weekend to do any meaningful decluttering?
While it’s great to have long uninterrupted stretches of time, decluttering doesn’t have to wait until the stars align and you’ve got an entire weekend free (and let’s face it- that may never happen anyway!)
Nope – you can declutter and make a significant dent in as little as 5 minutes!
Read on to see how.
When people tell me they’re overwhelmed by the clutter and can’t decide where to start, this is what I do.
I tell them to look around for the quick wins.
The low-hanging fruit.
What can they do RIGHT NOW that will make a difference?
And when it comes to clutter, here are 2 things that I’m positive almost everyone has too much of in their homes.
1. Magazines and Catalogs.
Oh the magazines! We “only” get about 5 subscriptions but when you count all the catalogs that arrive without you having to ask for them, you could end up with a pretty high stack of unread magazines.
My rule is if it hasn’t been read in about 2 weeks, it needs to go.
The thing about magazines is that a new supply will show up in your mailbox every week! No need to stress about a lack of ideas or reading material.
So take a walk through your home and collect an armful of magazines and catalogs.
Toss ’em Into the recycle bin or maybe to pass along to a friend.
If you’ve got extra time, you might want to take a stack of magazines to your local doctor’s office or hospital waiting room. Preschools sometimes take magazines to use for crafts.
If you’re worried about privacy, definitely get yourself one of these little black out stamps (affiliate link).
This little roller stamp is so much fun to use.
My kids fight over who gets to black out the addresses lol.
You can use them to wipe out your address and any other personal information on paperwork or mail. Plus, they’re super fun to use!
2. Pens and pencils
Pens and pencils seem to multiply in junk drawers, kitchen cupboards and home offices.
Let’s not forget about all the dried up markers and broken crayons you may have hiding in the back of your craft bins and toy boxes.
So take a minute or two to collect all the pencil nubs, pens without ink, etc. etc. and toss ’em in the trash.
If you’re the kind of person who likes video, I recently did a Facebook live talking about this very topic!
Whew – I hope you got through that quickly!
What I love about decluttering is that you can do little bits and pieces when you have a few extra minutes and still have a nice result to show for your work!
Do you find it hard to start decluttering? Do you think this idea will help?