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Biting off more than you can chew? Why it's important to break down decluttering projects

So I've been seeing a lot of jokes/memes on social media of people who have taken everything out of their closet to clean/declutter and then are sitting in the middle of a pile of stuff looking frazzled and overwhelmed.


And honestly, it's completely on point.


Why does this happen?


We get excited about the project. Maybe we read an article about decluttering a certain way and are told, "All you have to do is pull everything out..."


We truly think we can get it all done in a reasonable amount of time. Either it's our brain telling this or the article/TV show makes it seem doable and completely ignores the rest of our life - kids, texts, emails, and other distractions that inevitably pop up.


We don't take into account decision fatigue. Which keeps us from making too many decisions in one go. And honestly, not many people even know it's a thing so there is that too.


So how do we fix this? You only do a little bit at a time. Instead of taking everything out of the closet, just work on one thing (maybe just your sweaters/jumpers). Or you just work on one box in storage at a time.


Sure, it will take longer to get the project done but you are more likely to finish the decluttering project. And you won't find yourself in the middle of a room full of stuff, completely tired of asking yourself if you need or want something only to have to put everything back because you don't have any more time to spend on the project that day.



I hope this helps you on your decluttering journey.


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