The Best Decluttering Tactics For Overthinkers

by Simplify

Decluttering your house can be an easy task or one of the most difficult tasks you’ll ever take on. And it really just depends on how hard you choose to make it. Wanting to turn the tide for those looking to minimize their homes, Dawn Madsen developed some decluttering tactics that work for all people—even chronic overthinkers.

According to Dawn, learning how to not think so much when decluttering your home can be quite a life-changing epiphany. What a successful home decluttering project really boils down to is letting go of the intrusive thoughts you experience while you clean. In essence, declutter your mind while you also declutter your home.

Instead of thinking of all the ways you could use an item in the future, whether you actually will use it or not, ask yourself if you use that item now. If the answer is no, it’s probably a good idea to just go ahead and get rid of it.

Most people don’t go out shopping for items they might need someday. So, storing items simply because you might need them someday isn’t the smartest decision either.

Of course, discovering how to declutter your home when you’re so used to talking yourself into keeping everything isn’t all that easy. But, when you’re determined to recognize all the what-ifs you use to overthink your project, decluttering becomes a much simpler process.

Decluttering tactics

Dawn shares tons of decluttering tips on her Youtube channel, but one of the major roadblocks she says that people face when implementing her advice is that they tend to overthink everything—and her advice is forgotten in the process.

Therefore, the decluttering tactics she’s spouting these days are to forget about the money you’ve already spent on items and to put less thought into what should stay and what should go.

Decluttering tactics

For more decluttering tactics, discover this guide on how to start organizing a messy home or how to declutter your home in 15 minutes a day.

To see more videos, check out The Minimal Mom YouTube channel.

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  • Gaye Lake Gaye Lake on Feb 02, 2023

    It often seems that when I get rid of something, I need it sooner than later!!


  • Sha72287297 Sha72287297 on Feb 03, 2023

    My rule of thumb is if I have not worn it or used it in a year, then out it goes. I donate to a local charity all that is in decent shape.

    • Judith Brown Judith Brown on Feb 12, 2023

      Years ago I was a single working mom w/two small kids. Most of our clothes came from charity thrift stores. I was so grateful to the people who donated to those shops & remember that when deciding what to keep or pass along to someone else in need.