Toys ooze out of their boxes. Books are stacked on top of books, a mishmash of titles and discarded book jackets. You have three can openers and can only find one. Oh yes, it’s time to declutter. Off to Pinterest you go; minimalist moms and decluttering divas throw out their suggestions: One room at a time One category at a time The whole house in one layer One week, once, and it’s clean forever Fifteen minutes a day and you’ll get there eventually Konmari So you roll up your sleeves, ready to whip your home into shape. But kids don’t put their toys back. Dishes need to be done. You need to get work done. And, shockingly, you are the only one interested in decluttering. Eventually days turn into weeks. Maybe you’re discouraged because your one perfect room makes the rest of the house look like a pit. Maybe the one category at a time method isn’t noticeable because you just cleaned around other clutter. Eventually, as you tend to life, your decluttering project falls to the wayside because you prioritized other things and instead of a clean, Pinterest-perfect home you are left with guilt and a sense of failure. Featured image and cover photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels

The Decluttering Experiment

So you roll up your sleeves, ready to whip your home into shape. But kids don’t put their toys back. Dishes need to be done. You need to get work done. And, shockingly, you are the only one interested in decluttering.

Eventually days turn into weeks. Maybe you’re discouraged because your one perfect room makes the rest of the house look like a pit. Maybe the one category at a time method isn’t noticeable because you just cleaned around other clutter.

Eventually, as you tend to life, your decluttering project falls to the wayside because you prioritized other things and instead of a clean, Pinterest-perfect home you are left with guilt and a sense of failure.