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Day 1 of 30 Day Clutter-Free Countdown - Quote about Decluttering

Decluttering Tip of the Day

You’re here because you feel like you have too much.
You’re here because you need more time. You’re sick of the chaos. You want more of your life back.

You already know what I’m about to tell you. You’ve already figured it out. And that’s what brought you here.

You are not your stuff.

And you’re ready to let go. You’re ready to make a change. You’re ready for this journey.

It’s going to feel impossible sometimes. You might feel hopeless at times. You might declutter boxes upon boxes of stuff, without feeling like you’ve made a dent.

It’s possible. There is hope. And every item you release from your home IS progress.

It might take more than 30 days for your home to feel transformed. But if you keep working at it, keep stripping yourself of what’s holding you back, you’ll get there.

Get angry if it helps.

Be angry with the society we live in, which has taught you, told you, commanded to you over and over that more is better, always.

Be angry with the culture of comparison, in which we are constantly looking at what others are doing, what others have, and what others are striving for, rather than looking inward.

Be angry, if you want, with your past self, for falling into the trap, for buying, acquiring, accepting, and holding on to so… much… stuff.

But forgive, too.

We can’t change the past. But we can change our futures by changing our present actions.

We can change our society, starting with ourselves, then reaching out to friends and teaching our children a different way of life.

We can change our culture, by celebrating our happy moments, by being truly joyful in the lives we live, by refusing to compare our worst days to other people’s best.

And we can change ourselves by committing to a new way of thinking, then practicing every single day until it becomes second nature.

We don’t have to be controlled by clutter.

We don’t have to hold on to things just because they came into our lives somehow. We don’t have any obligation to the objects in our world.

We are not our stuff.
Our things do not define us.
Our worth isn’t determined by what we own.

The knowledge you own is in your head, not in the lecture printouts and handwritten notes from your school years.

The culture you’ve experienced is in every fiber of your being, not in the books on your shelves, the tchotchkes you’ve gathered, or the photographs you’ve taken.

The memories your children are building are in their hearts and their bodies, not held in the toys in their bins and baskets.

Your love for your family is embedded in your soul, not in the family heirlooms that have been passed down or the monogrammed keepsakes you’ve been holding on to.

If you lost everything today, you know you’d be all right. If there were a fire. Or a flood. Or a tornado. You know you’d be okay.
As long as the most important things – your family, your pets, your well-being – were in tact.

And you know none of it goes with you when your life is over. You know that.

You. Are. Not. Your. Stuff.

You already know this. You’ve already figured it out.
That’s why you’re here.

So let’s go.

Let’s let go. Let’s make one of the biggest changes we can imagine right now… shedding the weight that’s holding us back from everything we want.

Let’s let go of the stuff, and embrace people.
Let’s let go of the junk, and hold on to love.
Let’s let go of the clutter, and grasp life.
Let’s let go of the past, and create a new future.
Let’s let go of constant maintenance, and accept more free time.

Let’s let go of the guilt, shame, and fear, and step into true freedom.

Are you ready?

You already know you want to do this. You already know you need this change. But are you going to do it? Are you going to follow through? Are you really, truly ready?

If you are, let’s begin.

Today, day 1, gather 30 items to get rid of. In your entire house, 30 is such a small number. It’s almost nothing. Even 30 pencils, 30 pieces of paperwork you don’t need, 30 assorted lipsticks and nail polishes, 30 magazines you have waiting for you to read “someday.”

Whatever your 30 is, it’s tiny. It’s almost insignificant.

Except that it’s the most significant thing you can do today, because it’s step 1 on this journey.
You’re starting.
And you’re not going to stop until the clutter is clear, your heart is lifted, and your mind is free.

18 Comments on 30 Day Clutter Free Countdown – Day 1

  1. Brandi Sulak says:

    I just joined and took a load of 30 to the Goodwill today!!! But I can’t download the starter pack. Do we still get that?

  2. Megan says:

    I’m so glad I found this!! Having three young girls(5,2and 5 months old) its hard to keep up. I really want to spend more time interacting with them rather than picking up after them all day, every day. I’m spending most of the week cleaning and have no time to play with them.

  3. Sharon says:

    I am so glad for the push to get going. It has been just what I needed. I packed a box of things to pass on to my daughter. There was more than 30 items. Cookbooks and some diabetic testing supplies I had extra of. Also some CDs and a wall phone she needs. I don’t need it as I can use my cell in an emergency or power outage. I is surprising how quickly that number of items adds up.

  4. Stacey says:

    I am excited to begin the 30 day countdown. I feel like clutter is taking over everything in my house and life. I am ready to make a change baby steps will get me there.

  5. Sasha says:

    I’ve been wanting to take back my house for so long. I’m so grateful to have found your blog and I’m so excited to begin! Today is day one for me. Yay me!

  6. Vivian407 says:

    Recently joined and found the 30 day clutter free countdown. I decided to start mine on 1/1/16. It is now day 5. So far so good.

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  8. Caroline S. says:

    Absolutely love the little “pep talk” you threw in here! I always have a hard time letting things go because of sentimental value, but your words in this post really put everything in perspective for me. It is true when I’m gone these things won’t stay with me. Tough love is going to get me through my de-cluttering venture! So glad I stumbled on your blog while exploring about organization and de-cluttering

  9. Jessica N says:

    Today I packed up all my “fat clothes” from my closet/draws and put them in my truck to be donated!

  10. Jen says:

    Is anyone else having trouble printing the workbook, or is it just me?

  11. Theresa D says:

    This has started at just the right time for me. I had done a month of daily decluttering in July but had been less committed in August. I saw that I had to declutter 30 items first up and thought “this is impossible”. I had just Konmarie’d my underwear and sock drawers and felt sure I wouldn’t find 30 item but up and at ’em and 15 mins later 30 items to go. Thanks for the motivation,

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