064: Homestead Decluttering — the why and how
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Decluttering as a homeowner is important, homesteader or not! But homesteaders are a tricky bunch—as frugal people, we tend to save a lot of stuff so we can reuse as much as possible. In today’s episode, we tackle the topic of stuff and how it can be a problem on the homestead. I also offer tips on a few pretty simple ways for how to deal with the stuff that might be taking over your home, your homestead, and your productivity.
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Summary of today’s episode:
Why should you declutter your homestead?
- Too much stuff leads to overwhelm, which leads to inactivity
- It gives you more space so you can take on more projects or add to the homestead in an organized way
- Helps you figure out what’s important and a priority on your homestead
- It can save you money – if you’re disorganized, you can’t find stuff, so you buy stuff you don’t realize you already had.
- If things are organized, chores take less time—decluttering effectively manages your time for you.
How to declutter your homestead:
- You have to be in the right mood, for sure. But don’t let “I’m not in the mood” be a deterrent for weeks on end.
- Often suggested method #1: Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (“does the item bring you joy?”)
- Often suggested method #2: Have you used it in six months?
- Often suggested method #3: 30 day challenge to remove a bag or box worth of stuff from your house everyday.
- The super not-fancy-just-be-an-adult method I use — Pick a spot, work on it, move on. Grab a few boxes or tables: Don’t need, do need, think about it. Divide items into the boxes, then deal with each box.
- Make it a team effort only if it’s helpful.
Links referenced in today’s show:
It’s Not About Money…except when it is by Amy Dingmann (that’s me!)
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Episode 061: Time Management for Smart Homesteaders
Farmish homesteading group on MeWe
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