Stuff. Stuff. Stuff.
We all know that too much stuff = silent stress.
Minimalism is becoming the new hot thing… but how do we get there?
We’re busy and it’s hard to find the motivation or energy to deal with it. It’s overwhelming, especially because there is no plan or system. So, the stuff just stays where it’s at and slowly accumulates more stuff.
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3 months ago, we sold our house and decided that before we bought another house we wanted to try living and traveling in an RV for a few months. The adventure ahead was exciting but the amount of stuff that stood in the way was overwhelming. (You can only fit so much in an RV and we didn’t want to pay for a huge storage just to hold stuff we were too lazy to sort through.)
So, we started sorting through our house room by room, box by box, pile by pile… it was a lot of stuff.
So much in fact that my stomach starting hurting.
But our house was under contract so I was forced to keep going. Then, one day I saw the light at the end of the tunnel… I walked by my clothes and saw only what was left, a few manageable stacks, and I realized that I loved every. single. piece. of clothing in those stacks.
I couldn’t help but smiling. This is what I had been missing.
I’d never realized how many adorable things were in my closet until I cleared out all the so-so stuff.
I feel so free now. The only things surrounding me now are practical items and things that I absolutely love.
Through the journey, I’ve learned a few tips about de-cluttering and minimalism to make the process easier. My favorite 4-step trick is below…
4 Steps to Minimalism
First, take a deep breath. This system takes a little bit of work up front but saves you so much time and energy later.
- To begin, take everything (yes everything) out of your closet.
- Then pick out all your favorite items and return them to your closet.
- Next quickly grab all the items that you know for sure you’re ready to get rid of. Do this quickly, no need to spend a lot of time on this step. Trash/donate the items right away.
- Everything that is left, box up and date the box. This box is gonna hang out in the back of your closet for a few month (usually around 3-6 months). If there’s ever an item in the box you need or miss, grab it back out. Then at the end of 3-6 months, take a deep breath, and donate whatever’s left in the boxes without looking inside.
Once it’s gone you’re gonna feel dead weight lifted off your shoulder. It’s worth not peeking inside to “make sure” there isn’t something important in there. If you peek, chances are good that you will end up sorting the entire box and use up unneeded energy and likely never finish the project.
Let’s be real here for a second, chances are good there will probably be an item or two that you’ll miss down the road if this happens just buy it again. It’s worth spending a little extra to buy something again, rather than keep everything “just in case.” Remember, the amount of stress you’re dumping off, is worth it’s weight in gold.
Now, to make the whole process easier, minimize your life at the same time as a bunch of other like-minded people. The moral support and accountability will be huge!
I thought it would be fun, if a group of us moms all went through a declutter challenge at the same time! It’s going to be the most fun de-cluttering you have ever done
You’ll be getting rid of clutter at the same time as everyone else, which will be super motivating.
We’ll go through the course Freed from Clutter and just like a bookclub, hold each other accountable and motivated through the whole thing! And since it’s online, it can be flexible with whatever else you have going on that day!
Join me and get rid of all your clutter in 7 days.
7 days of actionable, doable steps.
We’ll connect through a Facebook group and I’ll even do some live videos in the Facebook group to get the party going. I’ll be sharing my best tips and tricks (and emotional support) from the clutter process we just went through.
…And to help make it even more fun, I’m throwing in a free cup of coffee for everyone who joins this declutter challenge!
Free Coffee On Me
Yep! You read that right.
Who wants a free latte, mocha, or maybe a hot tea, on me?
Coffee always make things more fun + helps energize, so I figured it was an essential ingredient in your success!
Sip your coffee with a bunch of cool online friends (including me) and watch your house (and sanity) transform at the same time.
Scroll down to “Snag Your Spot” for more details.
What Makes This Course Special
The course goes through your house not just room by room, but area by area.
When you declutter your kitchen we’ll start with the countertops, then under countertops, then drawers, then refrigerator, then… you get the idea.
And you’ll be going through the same room as everyone else in our little group! You can post before and after picture of your progress in our little Facebook group and everything!
After 7 days, you’ll be shocked at how refreshed you feel, your stress levels will be lower, your family will be happier and you’ll be kicking your feet up in peace.
What This Isn’t
If you want a perfect house that is always squeaky clean, this isn’t the right group. This group is more about real moms, getting rid of that extra clutter, de-stressing their lives, but still letting their kids be creative. So even with less stuff, the house is gonna get a little messy but it’s gonna be manageable and soooo much easier to clean up!
Even if you end up getting rid of only 1 thing, you should still join us! Free coffee and the chance to hang out, chat and laugh with a group of real moms just like you – priceless!
Snag Your Spot Now
- Grab your spot by clicking here.
- Email me at Alida@therealisticmama.com with the subject: COFFEE + FB GROUP
- I’ll add you to a private FB group AND send you $5 via PayPal to buy yourself a coffee when you start the course. 🙂 OR, just keep the $5. It’s totally up to you!
Note: Make sure you email me your PayPal email address so your coffee money doesn’t get lost. We’ll be going through the course after the 1st of the year, for a New Years resolution that we’ll all for sure keep! First come, first served at this deal. Spots are limited.
See you soon!