Maybe you’re looking to slim down in 2017—that’s great! But your overstuffed home could also benefit from losing some weight as well. Check out these tried-and-tested diet tips for your home:
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Trim the fat!
Healthy, permanent weight loss is done slowly and carefully—it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. To really get rid of clutter, you need to start changing your bad habits and that takes significant time and commitment. Don’t deprive and burn yourself out by trying to accomplish everything at once. Begin by making a plan and sticking to realistic goals, then gradually work your way towards your fulfilling them.
What you consume (or avoid consuming) is a huge factor in what you’ll be able to accomplish this coming year. There’s really no point in cleaning up and getting rid of clutter if you’re constantly buying stuff you don’t need and bringing them into your home. Take a good, hard look at everything you purchase and make sure that these will improve and help you organize your home better.
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Make a plan that details exactly the steps you need to take your home’s health in peak condition and implement them. Establishing a good home cleaning and maintenance system is good, but it’s important to mix things up once in a while so you don’t get stuck in a rut.
…and keep it off!
As soon as you’ve reached your goal, you’ll have to keep at it and sustain your progress or you’ll just slide back into old habits. A regular cleaning and organizational routine is key to clutter maintenance, so it’s a good idea to focus on that. Splurge on quality cleaning supplies and storage systems, and then switch up your goals to reflect an attainable maintenance strategy that you’ll able to sustain for the long-term.
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Even, and especially when things are going smoothly, it’s important to regularly check in with what’s working at home and what could use minor modifications so that you and your home are always in peak shape.
Got other ideas for keeping your home in great shape, 365 days a year? Share them with us; we’d love to hear from you!