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Scanning through minimalists’ groups on Facebook, I often see the question: How to declutter my home if I have a 9 to 5 job? How to start the minimalist journey if I’m a full-time mom? Below is my simple answer and little guidance, how to declutter if you have a full-time job.
Firstly, be aware that most people (not only you) have jobs or businesses, or are parents, or have other tasks to do daily. Decluttering their own home isn’t anybody’s job and the only thing in life. Most people are tidying up their homes between doing other important tasks.
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And if you really want to do it, if you’re thinking about this with excitement, if you’re hoping for good and big changes in your life after decluttering – you’ll find the time.
How to declutter if you have a full-time job?
Choose your method:
FAST & EASY | Picking what you need.
You can declutter fast and in a radical way, following Ryan Nicodemus’ packing party.
All you have to do is to pack everything like you’d be moving, decide how long your experiment will last (Ryan did 3 weeks) and then live your normal life, unpacking only things that you need in a certain moment. What will be still covered or in boxes after the chosen time, you’re getting rid of!
Is it doable while having a 9 to 5? Yes! Just use one evening for looking for boxes/bags and another evening for the packing.
Check also my minimalist experiment: Declutter using pen and paper.
Check this book: 10-Minute Declutter.
SLOWER & UNEASY | Throwing away what you don’t need.
In this method you go to every storage space in your home, take every item and decide whether you want it to stay or not. Ask yourself questions:
Do I use it?
Do I need it?
Do I like it? (It’s Marie Kondo’s method.)
Put back only things that serve a purpose in your life. And rather no duplicates. If you cannot decide about an item, you can put it into quarantine, for example to your basement and check if you’ll need it in the next few months. And the rest of things are to sell, donate or put into the trash can.
Is it doable while having a 9 to 5? Yes! You don’t have to declutter your home in one evening. You can declutter one shelf every evening. Go room after room, shelf after shelf. You set the pace for yourself.
I chose this method at the beginning of the year to reassess possessions in our apartment. And the reason for decluttering again after years of being a minimalist, I’ve explained in the article about my simple and slow living plans for the New Year 2018.
Check this book: Declutter Your Life in 29 Days.
How to declutter when I have a full-time job? – The possible reason for asking this question
Hey, and maybe you should answer this honestly to yourself: Why are you asking this question, how to declutter if you have a full-time job? Aren’t you asking this question just to put the action on the back burner? Aren’t you procrastinating when you pretend to be looking for advice?
Just do it.
There are no magic shortcuts in life.
Instead of minimalism, which applied once can really simplify your life 🙂
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