Inside: Learn how to ruthlessly purge your house of junk to enjoy a more simplified space!

Do you feel like your house is starting to become full of junk?

Are you hanging onto too much stuff that you’ll probably never use again?

Has clutter become a huge problem in your life?

It might be time to ruthlessly purge your house of junk.

If you aren’t sure how to purge stuff from your home, but you’re ready to make a change and transform your life, this article is for you. Keep reading to learn how to purge your house – even when it feels hard – and declutter your space.

Are you really ready to be ruthless to purge your house of junk?

Now, before you begin, you’ve got to ask yourself one question.

Are you ready to be ruthless?

When it comes to decluttering and purging, many people approach the task like it’s going to be easy. And then they end up holding onto tons of stuff they thought they’d be able to part with.

But if you’re really trying to purge your house of junk, you’ve got to be ready to sever the emotional ties you’ve made to the stuff you own and let it go. 

When your goal of having a clutter-free space becomes more important to you than holding onto all of the things, you’re ready to be ruthless in decluttering your stuff.

Some people who are really ruthless will end up doing extreme decluttering and have very dramatic results. Even if you don’t want to take it to quite that degree, you can still make a big impact on your home.

How do you know when it is time to purge junk?

You might be wondering, “Do I really need to purge my house of junk?” 

If you’re asking that question, the answer is probably, “Yes.”

Most of us keep too much stuff in our homes without even thinking about it.

Keeping less clutter around can bring lots of benefits. They include: mental clarity, better focus, and less stress, not to mention less time spent cleaning. 

You’ll definitely benefit from purging junk in your home – so why not start today?

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Why does decluttering and purging my house seem so hard?

The idea of decluttering your home and purging your house of junk can seem overwhelming and even a little bit scary. Change is hard and it takes work to create a decluttered space.

We develop a sense of attachment to the things that we own, especially if we’re dealing with any kind of scarcity in our lives. 

But one thing’s for sure – as overwhelming as it might feel, you can absolutely figure out how to purge stuff from your house as long as you’re committed to making a change.

How do I start purging junk from my home?

The hardest part about purging junk from your house can be getting started. Fortunately, all it takes is a single step to start building momentum and ultimately transform your space into a clutter-free, junk-free sanctuary.

The best way to start purging junk from your home is by starting. Get the 5 Areas to Declutter in 10 Minutes to help you to begin making progress right away!

After you start on some easy areas in your home, then move through room by room to ruthlessly declutter the junk in your home.

Have a plan for what you’re going to do with unwanted items.

If you think you have so much junk you need a trash-hauling solution, like a rentable dumpster, go ahead and look into renting one.

Do you think you’ll want to hold a yard sale and try to turn a profit off of your stuff? If so, that’s fune, but realize that it will take longer to achieve the clutter-free space of your dreams.

By making a plan and having a checklist of steps to follow, you can stay on track and declutter your house for good.

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How to get ruthless when decluttering junk!

Ready to start decluttering your junk? It’s time to get ruthless.

And by that, I mean – it’s time to make some hard decisions. Say “no,” and get rid of some of the stuff you’ve been holding onto. 

Not quite sure how to take a ruthless approach to decluttering your junk and purging your house?

Think about the fact that you’re labeling it junk.

If the things that filled your home were all valuable, you wouldn’t call it junk – and you wouldn’t be thinking about purging it.

Somewhere, subconsciously, you’ve recognized it’s time for that stuff to go.

Don’t start your junk purge with the sentimental stuff

It certainly can be hard to get rid of some things, especially items that evoke strong memories or come with sentimental ties.

Make it easy for yourself to build momentum when purging your house by starting with the easy stuff – old magazines, a closet full of clothes you never wear, or something else you truly don’t care about.

When was the last time I used/thought/needed it?

If you’re having a hard time parting with a specific item, ask yourself, “When was the last time I actually used this? When was the last time I needed it?” 

You can sometimes make yourself see a little bit of logic and reason by asking those straightforward questions. You can’t argue that you need that spatula if it’s one of six in your kitchen and you haven’t used it in at least six months.

Don’t cry over “spent money,” It’s already spent

Some people struggle to get rid of stuff because they see it as throwing away money. You bought it, after all! Getting rid of it is essentially throwing that hard-earned money into the trash… right?

While it isn’t ideal, there’s no use crying over money that’s been spent. It’s already gone. You aren’t getting it back, and if you aren’t using the stuff you spent it on, you aren’t getting any value out of it and it’s just taking up space.

It ends up serving as a reminder of past purchase regrets and nobody needs that kind of negativity in their life.

If it’s junk, broken, and you haven’t fixed it by now, you aren’t going to!

Are you one of those people who holds onto stuff that’s only a little broken, convinced you’re going to fix it one day?

Chances are, that day never comes – and that’s one of the ways you’ve accumulated so much clutter and junk in your home.

If you’ve been holding onto stuff that you could fix but simply haven’t, stop trying to convince yourself that you will. Either do it, or get rid of it. 

If it’s still packed from your last move, let it go

Still have items packed in boxes from your last move? It’s time to let that stuff go. If you haven’t bothered to access those items in years, then clearly they aren’t very important to you.

People have a tendency to hold onto items for someday when…, but, often, someday never comes and they’ve used up valuable space in their home for years storing extra stuff.

Holding onto excess stuff can keep you from fully embracing your life now. It also means more things to move and maintain.

Tips to keep junk from building up again 

Once you’ve finally managed to declutter your home and purge your house of junk, you’ve got to find a way to keep it that way forever. The last thing you want is to undo your hard work and find yourself in the same mess you were in before. 

Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to prevent junk and clutter from building up in your house ever again.

Why am I buying this and is it “junk”?

Before you make a purchase, ask yourself why you’re buying it. Is it something you need? A planned and budgeted purchase? Or is it just something you want – something you’re going to forget about entirely in a few days?

Sometimes, you might realize what you’re about to buy is junk – or will become junk quickly enough. In those situations, moving on and saving your money is the wisest course of action.

Learn to shop more intentionally to keep clutter from piling back up in your home.

Do I want it or do I need it?

Another way to determine whether or not a purchase makes sense is to ask yourself – is it something you want, or something you truly need?

While you don’t have to deny yourself of all ‘wants,’ the things you need to buy should clearly take precedence – and shouldn’t contribute significantly to junk or clutter in your house.

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One in one out rule

If you have lots of a specific type of item, like shoes, clothes, or bakeware, an easy way to keep your collection under control is to embrace the “one in one out” rule.

Every time you buy a new piece to add to your collection, get rid of one. Sell it or donate it, if possible. Make room for whatever you’re adding so you don’t end up in a situation where you’re surrounded by junk.

Wait at least 24 hours for new purchase

A good way to keep yourself in check is to wait at least a full day before deciding if you’re going to make a big purchase.

By giving yourself time to truly think about it, you’ll gain clarity and be more likely to avoid making a poor purchasing decision.

Benefits of purging your home of junk:

There are many benefits that come with purging your home of junk. As painful as the actual process might be initially, you’ll certainly enjoy the rewards that come from a cleaner home, like…

Enjoy Your Home More

With less clutter and mess around, you’ll be surprised to see how much more you enjoy relaxing at home. A clean, organized space can be uplifting and calming – unlike a cluttered, junk-filled space, which can cause stress and anxiety.

Home Functions More Efficiently

When your home contains only the items that you actually love and use, everything is more efficient. Cooking, cleaning, working, relaxing – everything becomes easier.

There’s simply less to distract and deter you from what you’re actually trying to do.

Less Money Wasted

If you live in a cluttered home that’s filled with junk, it can be hard to even know what is in your house. 

Sometimes, you might find yourself buying stuff you know you already own – but simply can’t find. And that’s a real waste of money that can be avoided if you can manage to purge your house of junk.

It feels great to get rid of junk!

Purging your house of junk might sound scary, but once you get started, you’ll be amazed to see just how amazing it can feel to live in a clutter-free space. Not only will your space benefit from this shift, but your mind will, too! 

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7 Comments

  1. Great article Julianna! One thing that had really helped me to Declutter ruthlessly is that feeling you get right after you donate, trash or sell something. It’s gone! It wasn’t so hard! You feel lighter! It’s GREAT!
    Instead of letting things eat me down and waffling about whether or not to get rid of them, I’m just free!

  2. Julianna,
    Help! I have probably at least 300 books I have accumulated over the years. How do I ruthlessly start getting rid of most of them? Do I donate them to thrift shops? Do I take them to a used book store that may give me a few cents for each one? I have no desire to carry them along to our next home.

    1. Hi Joanna. I’d go with whichever option you feel best about. If you want to get a little money back, feel free to take them to a used book shop, but if you’d rather just be able to drop them all off and make it really easy, then donate. You could even save some of your favorites to put in a neighborhood library to share with others in your community.

  3. My most difficult things to declutter are some things that belonged to my mother and photos. I have asked my daughters if they want anything and mostly the answer is no. There are a couple of things that I have decided to give them. My Mom had a lot of jewelry and mostly nice jewelry. I want her things to be appreciated and loved like I do. It sounds silly but that is how I feel. What are your suggestions for moving on from her things?
    Thanks,
    Dede

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