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Speed Decluttering as an Olympic Sport – Minimalist at Home

Do you see that giant ball of lead in the shot put picture?

Imagine instead that dusty trinket on your bookcase or those pairs of shoes you never wear about to be tossed into oblivion.

Today’s post is all about flinging your clutter fast and furiously.

Speed decluttering is my favorite method of cleaning things out. I don’t usually have tons of time to devote to simplifying a space but I love seeing quick results.

How to Speed Declutter

Just like an Olympic sport, speed decluttering takes some practice. Here are the basics:

  • Attack your clutter with intensity. Toss entire boxes or drawers full of junk if you can’t remember the last time you touched it.
  • Give yourself a time limit – get a timer or stopwatch if necessary.
  • Focus on function – not emotional attachments.
  • Prioritize quickly – you know if you really need something. Be honest!
  • Toss the excess immediately. Don’t store it. Don’t sort it. Eliminate it!

It’s not always easy. You might get tired or make funny faces like that guy throwing the shot put. But the workout you get from speed decluttering feels awesome!

The Benefits of Speed Decluttering

I love speed decluttering for several reasons. It’s beneficial because it:

  1. Eliminates paralysis by analysis. Jump right in and take control.
  2. Gives you quick results. Who doesn’t love looking around a freshly cleaned space? It feels great!
  3. Saves time – our top commodity. Why waste more time clearing out when our time could be spent doing something we enjoy?
  4. Skips the emotional stuff. There’s just no reason to beat yourself up for eliminating items of emotional attachment. It’s your life and your space, so do what you need to do.
  5. Is easy to repeat. After experiencing one decluttering victory, it makes us more willing to jump in next time.

So if you find yourself with a few spare moments, put them to good use. I promise you’ll love the results!

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