Get this great book here: 10-Minute Declutter: The Stress-Free Habit for Simplifying Your Home
Ok, I have to admit it…I need help when it comes to the clutter department. Our home over the years has just kept accumulating things as our kids grow and it’s gotten to the point recently where it is embarrassing to invite people over and it’s just overwhelming to try to get started. So when I had the chance to review this book, I figured it was worth a shot! I’m not big on “self help” type books, but I have to say that I really did enjoy reading through this. The authors have a very friendly and conversational style that makes what could be an extremely dry subject actually interesting. I appreciate the fact that they clearly acknowledge that organization is not easy for everyone and walk through all the reasons that people develop clutter in the first place and how to counteract each one.
The idea of building up a habit of 10 minutes a day to declutter a bit at a time is really appealing. Trying to tackle the whole house at once is just so much that I can’t even figure out where to start, but the idea of breaking it up into tiny pieces seems quite manageable. The authors give some suggestions of what a 10 minute session might include, such as going through the contents of a single drawer or placing unneeded items into a giveaway box for Goodwill and taking that box out to the car. They suggest starting with the highest visibility rooms (like the kitchen or family room) to help build a sense of accomplishment. I hadn’t really thought about it that way, but their logic now makes a lot of sense to me. They also suggest spending multiple days on one room until that room is fully decluttered, then moving onto the next room.
After the first few chapters that set out their general philosophy and how to get started, the authors have short chapters that individually cover all the different room and areas that are found in a typical home. I like this layout in the book, because it allows me to just browse to the section for a certain area (bathroom, closet, pantry, etc.) when I’m ready to start organizing that portion of my house, rather than get bogged down in lots of extra details weeks or months before I’m ready to use them.
Right now I’m on vacation with my family. When we get back home I plan to start including 10 minutes a day in the evenings after work, using this book to help me work through the whole house. I’m really excited that I finally have a game plan to get our house under control!