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Recently, I had a chance to read the new book Step-By-Step Decluttering. It is a guide with printable worksheets for going through your stuff. I read the book and have been filling out the printables and it has helped me lots. Not just in the practical sense but emotionally as well, like the kids’ bookshelf decluttering session that I worked on this past Friday.
Here’s a before picture which doesn’t seem that bad except this is what I stare at when we are sitting at our dining table. And I’m reminded constantly of its disarray!
I’ve been putting off going through all these books and games because I knew that a couple of the games were given to them this past Christmas and felt guilty about getting rid of them even though my kids had no interest playing with them. I felt guilty because one of the games I had purchased for them for Christmas and knew I had wasted our money on the game since they played with it once and then didn’t really like it. I also felt guilty because some of the books were gifts, and I didn’t want any relatives’ feelings to be hurt. And yep, that makes no sense because it’s not like someone is going to stop by and take inventory of our tiny library! LOL
Because of the Step-By-Step Decluttering guide I decided to forge ahead in this little area in my home since it would give me a jumpstart in going through the entire duplex. I set my timer for 20 minutes. Instead of just one shelf in 20 minutes, I went a little crazy and cleared the entire thing onto my dining table and chairs…
Next, I cleaned off those dusty shelves. While taking everything off the shelves, I sorted as best as possible with what to keep and what to set free. But, there were a couple Chic-Fil-A books I didn’t know I had duplicates of and those were added to the giveaway pile. In all, two full grocery bags of giveaways were collected from this decluttering session and it only took about 30-45 minutes including taking the items off the shelves, grouping like items together, cleaning the shelves, consolidating two of the memory matching games to one box, and replacing all the items left back on the shelf. Not bad!
It may seem silly that a quick bookshelf decluttering session would make such a difference in my little space but it does! Since decluttering this area I’m feeling more inspired to keep journeying through the entire duplex. I since have gone through three storage trays under the china hutch and have plans to eventually get to 8+ totes worth of mine and my kids’ keepsake stuff – like a sock from what once was a pair that my daughter wore when she was a baby. Crazy right?
I’m just glad to have read the new decluttering book because I finally don’t feel so guilty about letting go of clutter!
Are you having trouble letting go of things? Needing help not just in the practical ways to declutter but also how to emotionally let go of things? Then Step-By-Step Decluttering is a good resource to use! Launch week discount of $5 for this guide starts March 7, 2016 9am EST and ends Monday, March 14 at midnight EST. “Get while the gettin’ is good!” I say! And check back this week with another of my decluttering ventures….