5 Common Decluttering Mistakes

Have you ever tried to declutter a room but left totally frustrated and discouraged? Decluttering is something people want to do, but they often go about it the long way.

If you’re decluttering your home, make sure you’re not making these common decluttering mistakes.

1. Not picking a focused area to declutter If you are trying to declutter your home, don’t just pick and choose an item here and there to get rid of.

This cherry-picking approach is a common mistake. It’s very inefficient and will never make a significant impact. Instead, declutter focused areas – a drawer, a cupboard, a closet, a room!

You probably can’t declutter the entire house or the basement in a day, but you could do it in a week if you break it into manageable tasks.💥

2. Trying to find the perfect home for each and every piece of clutter you want to discard Sometimes people are hanging on to some piece of clutter because they want to find just the right person for it.

Maybe it’s a children’s toy that they no longer want, but they don’t just want to toss it in the trash or donate it to the thrift store. So it sits on the shelf with other unwanted items, taking up space while they look for someone who wants to have it. Anybody done this before? 🙋‍♀️

Instead of doing this, remember that even if you give something away anonymously, someone else will likely be blessed by it. You’ll save so much time if you just make a big donation drop at the thrift store (or even throw the stuff in the trash if it’s no longer usable).

3. Not disposing of the clutter right away Some people are good at doing the heavy lifting and choosing items to get rid of, but they don’t complete the decluttering process! They tidy up a room and remove all the clutter which then sits in a pile by the door or in the trunk of the car for weeks.

If you do this, you’re missing out on the best part of decluttering – the wonderful end result! So make sure to plan a drop off at the thrift store or to list your item for sale immediately. Make a deal with yourself that if the boxes of clutter aren’t gone in a short period of time (like a week), you’ll throw them out.

4. Holding out for perfection Some people postpone decluttering because they don’t have time to do it up to their standards. They want a nice long stretch of time uninterrupted by children or other responsibilities. This might be ideal, but probably not realistic.🚫🙅‍♀️

If this is you, see if you can redefine the scope of what you want to do.

Change from “Today, I want to declutter the bedroom” to “Today I want to declutter my nightstand.” Do that task from beginning to end and then do something else.

5. Thinking decluttering is the same as organizing While you can certainly organize WHILE you declutter, don’t confuse the two. Organized clutter is still clutter.

If you have too much stuff or things you don’t want, make sure you discard these things and organize what’s left.


Here's your assignment for the week!

I want you to look at one SMALL area to declutter today! It could be a drawer, a closet... just a small area that won't take more than 15 minutes.I do a free 45 minute session with all of my clients and we can take a look at what area may be the best place for you to start decluttering. Are you ready to start decluttering your life? It's time! It will be freeing, I promise! Let's do this! Your Life Coach Robin