A deep decluttering process is often kickstarted by an imminent move. The deadline of removalists coming and a looming pile of household items needing to be packed into boxes gives people who were otherwise less than motivated to downsize their possessions the push they need to get started.
But what about if a move isn’t on the horizon but the household clutter has reached critical mass. Is it possible to do a moving-style declutter without a move in place?
The third season of Channel Nine’s reality decluttering show Space Invaders is screening now. The show follows hosts Peter Walsh, Cherie Barber and Angie Kent as they help Aussie families clear out their clutter and find more calm in their home.
From garages bursting with boxes and bikes to basement rooms filled with kids toys, it’s clear that the clutter is taking its toll on these families. Many guests speak of feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to start.
As participants go through the process of reducing their physical belongings, they also go through an emotional lightening as well. The result of less stuff is more joy, more freedom to do what makes them happy.
But you don’t have to go on reality TV to experience the Space Invaders effect. All you need is the right team and a willingness to get it done. Here are our tips on how to do it.
The reality of reality TV is that there’s far more happening behind the scenes than is shown on our screens. It takes a big team to pull off what Space Invaders does in a week.
Trying to achieve the same results on your own is going to be difficult. The more help you have, the easier things will be. So reach out to as many people as you can.
You can call on friends and family – just make sure you consider who will be most helpful in this situation. Things can get fraught when emotions are running high or there are unresolved issues around your stuff.
Professional services are also available to help. Home organisation experts and professional declutterers will be able to help you decide what to keep and what to let go. While removalists can rearrange furniture and pack boxes away for storage.
If you have the time, enough help and a determined attitude, you may find you’re able to achieve a Space Invaders style decluttering transformation in a week or so.
But for most people, the decluttering process will probably take some time. Start out small and set yourself achievable decluttering goals: sorting out a shelf, draw or cupboard can give you that sense of achievement to then tackle a whole room.
It’s possible that, just like on Space Invaders, the clutter has become so overwhelming that you don’t even know where to start.
In a situation like this, creating space [both physical and mental] might be the only way to get through it.
In this case, you might consider boxing up your clutter and sending it to short term storage in order to have a physical area to sort through it. Designate a room such as your garage or spare bedroom as the sorting room. Bring back from storage only as many boxes as you can realistically manage. Give yourself a timeline and clear deadline to sort through everything.
This way, you’re only having to really deal with a small portion of your belongings at a time. This also makes it easier to manage your donation drop offs and anything that needs to be disposed of.
Make sure that anything you do keep has its own designated place within your house.
Best of all, you can achieve similar results to those decluttering shows yourself, without the need to have Peter Walsh climb over all your stuff.
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