Decluttering can be a very positive and productive experience, an opportunity to learn about yourself and your values, and to make real and positive changes not only in your home but also in your life.
To make this work, you need a systematic approach, – the 5-Step ‘Let go – Move on’ Program:
Step 1 – Get started
Before you start to do anything you have to become well aware of where you are now and why you want to change (your home/your life), you have to determine where you want to be tomorrow, and you have to plan how to get there.
Having a deep understanding of your current situation, your values and your vision will enable you to make the right decisions later in the process and to get and stay focused and motivated on your declutter journey.
Step 2 – Map the space
If you wish to change your living situation, you first have to understand its current condition and core elements. That’s why it makes sense to get to know your home and your belongings better.
And you should not forget to have closer look at the most important ‘element’ of your home: you! You alone – your needs, dreams, ideas, beliefs, capabilities – determine the purpose and the success of the decluttering project.
Step 3 – Plan for action
Decluttering is a strenuous physical activity, is mentally demanding, often gets very emotional and takes time. Your want to avoid feeling overwhelmed even before you start or losing momentum during the process.
Thus, it is important to prepare and plan the work carefully and realistically. A detailed action plan will guide you safely through the sorting and organising process.
Step 4 – Let go
Now you do the physical work: Sorting, decluttering, and organising.
You take all your belongings out and sort them into categories. And then you make decisions, based on and guided by the insights you gained in Step 1 to 3. You choose what you wish to keep and how you want to organise it. And you decide what you no longer need and how to discard it.
Step 5 – Move on
After the hard work is done and the clutter is sorted out, it’s time to celebrate! And then, when the party is over, you want to make sure that you continue on the chosen path.
Maintenance of the new and clutterfree order in your home (and in your mind) is key to long term success. New routines and habits and regular checks will help to keep you on track.