Today's Declutter 365 mission is to clear the clutter you've identified from previous missions, and to get it out of your house by donating, selling or trashing it, so that those decluttering tasks are fully 100% complete, and you're making consistent decluttering progress.
As you might imagine though, this mission is not something you can do once, and have it be complete. Especially since as you do more Declutter 365 missions in your home, identifying more clutter, you'll need to repeat this step to clear that clutter as well.
Therefore, this is a recurring mission during the Declutter 365 program, to make sure these items leave your home, consistently and regularly.
There are several choices for how to remove the items, and the main ones include:
This is consistent with the choices you have for each item, when you're decluttering that were discussed in the linked article, about how you declutter your home.
That's because once you've decided something is clutter, it means it does not need to, and should not, stay in your home, but instead you need to get rid of it.
The thing to remember while doing this mission is to take the time to decide for each item that's clutter how it will leave your home and take the actions necessary to make that happen.
Those necessary actions can be as simple as throwing a bag of clutter that contains just trash into the trash can. Or to recycle clutter items that can be recycled.
It could also mean to take those clutter donations you plan to give away to the donation center, or call for a donation pick up. Or it could mean to take some steps to actually sell the items you believe are worth your time to sell, to recoup some cash from your decluttering efforts.
Treat these steps and actions, of removing the clutter from your home, as 15 minute at a time missions, in and of themselves.
For instance, if you've got a lot of stuff to donate, use one of your 15 minute missions (or more, if necessary), to load items into your car, and drive them to the donation center.
Or, if you're selling things online, use a 15 minute session to take photos of the items, and another 15 minute session to list the items on the website.
These examples help you get the drift and point of this mission, which is don't let the stuff you've identified as clutter pile up too long.
Often, clutter disposal takes additional time and energy to complete, but since it's a necessary part of the decluttering process you've got to devote some of your 15 minute decluttering sessions to this task as well.
Remember, this last step of the decluttering process, of clearing the clutter from your home and getting rid of it completely, is the final step necessary to make true decluttering progress.
If you start to feel like you've got too much clutter accumulating, in stacks, piles, boxes, etc., as you do more and more Declutter 365 missions, I encourage you to take a break from new Declutter 365 missions and use some 15 minute sessions to actually work on getting this stuff out of your house.
It may take longer to get all the Declutter 365 missions done this way, but it will help you in the long run because the stuff will actually be leaving your house.
I've already added this recurring mission within the Declutter 365 calendar within most weeks, in some form or fashion, but if necessary, you should do this mission even more often to keep removing stuff from your home.
If you do this you'll celebrate as slowly, but surely, all this clutter leaves your home, leaving more space and breathing room for you, your family, and for the rest of the stuff you do want to keep and use in your home.
If you look at the Declutter 365 calendar you'll see, typically on Saturdays, that I've got this mission to clear the clutter, or a similar mission designed to remove the clutter completely from your home, in that weekly spot.
Here are examples of some of those missions, which explore some aspect of getting rid of that clutter from your home, in some form or fashion:
The most effective way to declutter your home is to alternate back and forth between identifying the clutter in your home, with the Declutter 365 missions, and then to use this recurring additional Declutter 365 mission to completely remove the clutter from your home, and then start the cycle all over again.
Doing both the tasks of identifying clutter, and then removing it completely from your home, eventually leads to a clutter free home!
You can find a round up of the Declutter 365 missions here on the site, when you're ready to identify more clutter in your home.
Photos courtesy of readers Lara and Erin
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