340 items

Your house should have at least 340 less items in it than it did on February 28.

Are you feeling a big weight lifting off your shoulders?
Are you feeling energized or overwhelmed by this process of decluttering?

It is completely normal to feel either or both at times. The process of removing things from both your home and your life can be physically and mentally draining.

One of the reasons that I suggest spending just 10 minutes each day decluttering is because that is a manageable chunk of time. If you spend too much time, you will encounter decision fatigue. Your willpower gets weaker the more decisions you are asked to make.

Have you ever noticed that at the end of the day it’s harder for you to make good decisions?

This is probably the time of day that you are most likely to cheat on your new diet plan or sit down and veg out in front of the TV.

You have been making decisions all day and your body and brain are just down right tired by the end of the day.

Decision fatigue can happen at any time of the day, and is very prevalent after you have forced yourself to make a lot of decisions.

So if you have been pushing the limits of this decluttering challenge I encourage you to return to just 10 minutes a day.

If your schedule is such that you can’t always do 10 minute every day, then on the days you declutter do 10 minutes two or three separate times of the day. For example, you might do 10 minutes in the morning on Saturday and 10 minutes in the afternoon.

Be aware that your ability to make good decisions or any decision at all later in the day will be hindered.

A couple of weeks ago I was reminded about decision fatigue when I was decluttering with my husband.

He is not partaking in this challenge on his own, but he does have to help me make some decisions on items that pertain to the whole family. (side note- if he agrees to sell something of his you should consult him on the price. Lesson learned the hard way)

I was trying to declutter our board games. For our family this is a huge undertaking.

We LOVE games and we have A LOT of them.

I didn’t even touch the games that only my husband plays with his friends that are in our office closet or the games in Cassidy’s room. We only looked at the family games in our basement family room.

I sorted them all out and brought Brian in when it was time to make decisions. (side note: doing all the work ahead of time and having the non-participating member of your house simply make decisions can be very effective)

He was doing really well until about halfway through. He said,

“I don’t know anymore, you’ve already asked me about so many and I have agreed to get rid of a lot. Asking me to get rid of more right now seems like too much.”

donated games
The 33 games that we decided to sell and donate.

He had hit decision fatigue. As he sat there he was staring at the huge pile of games he had agreed to declutter and it was overwhelming. He didn’t want to part with anymore.

In the end we decluttered 33 games from our family game area. We still have well over 100  games.

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The games that got to stay. No shortage of options for family game night.
This week we head into the final stretch of the Lenten Declutter Challenge. I want you to focus on doing your 10 minute decluttering earlier in the morning when you’re decision making skills are at their best.

If you are struggling to find more areas to declutter, you are definitely going to need strong willpower and decision making skills to finish this challenge out.  Find a new area to declutter and get started.

Need some new areas to consider, check out ideas from last week, or consider your attic, storage spaces, linen closet or front hall closet. You probably don’t need as many towels, washcloths, coats, hats, gloves, etc. that you have on hand.

Good luck this week. You’re almost there!

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