Pare Down Guiltlessly with "The Home Decluttering Diet"

Pare Down Guiltlessly with "The Home Decluttering Diet"

Brittney Morgan
Aug 22, 2017

In need of some major decluttering (or perhaps an entire home organization makeover)? Whether you live in a tiny studio apartment or a huge house, paring down and finding a space for everything can be an overwhelming task, especially if you're a person who forms attachments to your things.

The good news is, there's a resource that can help you declutter and totally revamp your entire home, all in one super handy book—it's called "The Home Decluttering Diet" by Jennifer Lifford, and it's full of tips for just about every square inch of your home.

The first problem many people face when trying to declutter or move towards a more minimalist lifestyle? There are mental obstacles to face—emotional attachments, guilt, etc.—because for many people, stuff is actually way more than just stuff. Lifford's book addresses this head on in the second chapter (after covering some basics in chapter one) so you can get started with a different perspective and be ready to actually take on those obstacles.

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Later in the book (chapters five through fifteen, specifically) "The Home Decluttering Diet" takes on every room you could possibly have in your home, from the kitchen to kids' rooms and everything in between—not to mention outside, too. Each chapter comes with detailed instructions and tips for paring down and reorganizing that particular area of your home, along with tons of DIY projects that can help you up your storage game. The final chapter of the book is all about maintenance, so that once you get your home in tip-top shape, you can more easily keep it that way.

But where the book really shines is in chapter four, in which Lifford shares a super smart 30-Day Home Detox Daily Plan. The idea is to spend 15 minutes a day getting rid of as many items as you can so that you'll have completed a full rundown of your home by the end of the plan. Here's a quick preview of the first week of the plan:

Day 1: Paperwork
Day 2: Front Entryway and Coat Closet/Mudroom
Day 3: Purse
Day 4: Cleaning Supplies
Day 5: Fridge and Freezer
Day 6: Pantry and Other Dry Food Storage
Day 7: Free-for-All

Each day comes with detailed-but-snappy instructions on what to do (also, "free-for-all" is meant to be used as a catch-up day in case you didn't finish any of the tasks in days one through six) and the whole plan is a great start to a full home reorganization project. Even if you don't feel the need to totally revamp your entire home, it's a great way to do a fairly thorough declutter without taking up a ton of your time by doing a little bit every day.

You can get "The Home Decluttering Diet" on Amazon for $12.09.

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