When it comes to decluttering, which way is better: one BIG purging session or several short decluttering bursts?
This is a great question. Both options have pros and cons, so let’s discuss those first.
One BIG Purge:
Immediate benefits! When you don’t have to maintain all that “stuff” you save time. You gain freedom. You get mental clarity. It even motivates you to purge other things in your life weighing you down…things like activities, digital clutter, time wasters, etc.
Many people don’t have the motivation or mental fortitude to take the drastic measures needed for a big purge. It takes determination and mental toughness to quickly make decisions about your stuff.
Several Decluttering Bursts:
Small decluttering projects are a great way to start the clutter-busting process. It allows you to can “try it on” so to speak. Declutter a small area and then see how it feels. If you survive (which you will!!) try it again. Eventually, you’ll see that you 1) miss practically nothing of what you remove from your home, and 2) a few empty physical spaces frees up mental space too!
It can take YEARS to see any real progress. You’ll never be able to deal with “problem areas” like your basement or attic. You’ll never finish important projects like getting your photos in order or giving your most sentimental items the attention they deserve. You’ll never feel like you have time for others. Getting rid of one item a day just won’t cut it. It really does take a plan of action and a big mindset shift to begin to make significant progress.
What I recommend:
A combination of both. If you’re in the decision-making mood and ready to create some room in your home, start with a big purge. You’ll see benefits. Then continue to declutter in short bursts.
If you’re not brave enough to pull in a commercial sized dumpster just yet but you want to see what it feels like living with less, start with a small area.
Since dealing with clutter is a continual battle, you don’t conquer it and then ignore it. There’s a continual cycle where new items enter your home and others leave. But when you combine the idea of taking baby steps with a big purge, your mindset about stuff begins to change.
That mindset shift combined with step-by-step instructions is the exact approach we take in the Simplify Your Stuff coaching course. If you’re up for the challenge, I’d love to have you join us!