July 11, 2023 3 min read

My journey to a decluttered life started years ago, and I must confess, I did not perceive the clutter in my home as overwhelming. It wasn’t comparable to my grandmother’s house filled with artifacts and souvenirs from past decades. I prided myself on being fairly decent at letting things go. But, by the time I completed my twelve-week decluttering journey, not only did my home seem 100 pounds lighter, I personally felt a burden had been lifted. I was falling back in love with my space, and the transformative benefits of decluttering were so potent that I was compelled to share the experience with everyone I knew.

There was a newfound clarity in my life. Coming home from work, I found everything in order, and was able to dive straight into evening tasks like preparing dinner without the prerequisite of cleaning the kitchen. My living room radiated warmth and coziness, as each night I committed just five minutes to restoring everything to its rightful place. My dining room became a hospitable space, graced with inviting placemats and plate settings, free of the piles of mail and paper clutter that had once presided. My bedroom became a sanctuary, with clear, clean surfaces that I was determined to maintain. Even the bathroom greeted me each morning with an uncluttered sink. The hallways of my home were traversable even in the dark, no fear of tripping over forgotten items.

Living free of clutter was not just a revelation, but a life-altering shift. I saved money because I was now keenly aware of what already filled my pantry before setting out for grocery shopping. I strategized my meals, shopping strictly for what was necessary, resulting in less wastage of food. Each time I felt the allure of needless items at Target or the Dollar Store, a firm inner voice would protest, "That's clutter, put it back". I pledged to myself to invest less in physical things and more in memorable experiences. My home transformed into a refuge housing only the objects I cherished. It became a haven of tranquility and joy, a space I could relish without the constant nagging reminder of endless tasks.

Keeping a decluttered home felt gratifying and was surprisingly straightforward to maintain. However, the magic lies in the persistence. The effects of decluttering dwindle if not complemented by new cleaning routines and habits. Once established, these daily routines are nimble and quick. If the daily routines are in place, the weekly ones become a breeze, enabling you to enjoy a clean home without surrendering an entire Saturday to it.

But remember, decluttering is not a mere one-time challenge; it’s a lifestyle. The momentary lapse brought on by a vacation can disrupt your routine, and before you realize, clutter may start to sneak back into your spaces. A single piece of mail left on the dining table may send the signal to others to pile more paper clutter on top of it. A couple of nights of being too exhausted or busy to restore the order in your house could dampen your motivation to keep things tidy. During such times, it is crucial to get back into your routine as if no disruption ever occurred. Without guilt, simply resume the next day's routine. Moreover, we need to maintain vigilance when introducing new items into the home. If we're operating with limited storage space, we should always ask ourselves, "Do we really need this?"

If you are ready to embark on your own journey towards a decluttered, peaceful home, I encourage you to explore our comprehensive decluttering series. This series is designed to guide you step by step as you transform your space and your life. To maintain the harmony of your decluttered space, our daily routines checklists [link] are a valuable resource. These checklists will help you establish and stick to a simple, manageable routine that keeps clutter at bay.

And remember, while you are creating beautiful spaces in your home, consider using our Good Vibes All Purpose Cleaner. It's not just a cleaner, but a partner in your journey to a decluttered life. Infused with distinctive, uplifting scents such as Nag Champa, Frankincense & Myrrh, and Sandalwood, it's made from plant-based ingredients that are gentle yet effective, helping you maintain your space and enhance your mood while doing so. Here's to your journey towards a serene and vibrant home, filled with nothing but good vibes.

We would love to hear your thoughts and experiences as you journey towards a decluttered and vibrant home. Have you started decluttering your spaces? What challenges and triumphs have you encountered along the way? And how has incorporating the Good Vibes All Purpose Cleaner enhanced your cleaning routine? Feel free to share your stories in the comments below. Your experience might just be the inspiration someone else needs to begin their own decluttering journey.

Ymani Efunyale
Ymani Efunyale

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