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Affirmations for Creating a Clutter-Free Life

If you’ve heard about the emotional advantages of living a clutter-free life and you’re ready to get started, writing down and repeating simple, positive affirmations can help you get started and can help you keep on decluttering when you hit a hard spot in the process.

Affirmations for Creating a Clutter-Free Life

Decluttering Your Home State your affirmations in present tense, as if you have already achieved a clutter-free state, and write them down.

Using present tense and the act of writing your desires down in your own handwriting have an impact on the way your subconscious mind processes your affirmations and they affect how much success you have in the long run.

5 Examples of Affirmations for a Clutter-Free Life:

(Feel free to use these, or adapt them as needed to suit your lifestyle.)

  1. I make progress every day by getting rid of at least three pieces of clutter.
  2. Every day, I enjoy my life more because I have a clean, clutter-free living space.
  3. I no longer feel the stress that comes from dealing with unwanted junk all over my home.
  4. I always know where my shoes are, because my home is neat and tidy.
  5. I don’t waste time looking for lost papers and keys because everything in my office has a place and I put things where they belong.

Dare to Enjoy a Life Without Clutter

“If you’ve had something for more than six months, and it’s still not repaired, it’s clutter.”  – Gretchen Rubin

Deciding which of your treasure are clutter can be a challenge. One approach is the six-month test mentioned above though I would add one exception – if it gives you joy, even if unused for six months, it might not be appropriate to call it  clutter.

  • So, for example, you’ve recited your affirmations about decluttering and you’re ready to tackle cleaning out your overstuffed kitchen cupboards…
    • You toss out old pans with scraped off nonstick coatings and plastic containers with missing lids – easy choices.
      • Then, you get to your grandmother’s gravy boat – you haven’t used it in over a year, but you love it nonetheless.
        • It gives you joy!
          • So – keep it, but make sure to make a proper space for it.

Back to Your Affirmations…

To get the most results, write your affirmations on a slip of paper and keep it handy, so you can refer to it and read it, at least, three times a day.

When you read the affirmations about decluttering, picture how your home or office will look, and let yourself experience how it will feel.

The more vividly you can picture the lifestyle you want, the more inspired you will be as you begin tossing out the clutter.

Once you have your chosen affirmations in hand, go another step and get started on decluttering to get organized- as great as affirmations are, you still have to do the work to get the lifestyle.

3 Easy Tips for Decluttering

While the biggest and most important tip I can give you about decluttering is just to take the bull by the horns and get started, there are a few smaller things you can do to break the task into manageable parts.

3 Easy Tips for Decluttering

  • Make a plan before you begin.
    • Make it an easy plan, though, decide where you will put garbage, dishes, laundry, and items for each of the home’s occupants.
    • If the mess is small, like the clutter in this photo, there won’t be much to the task, but if you’re tackling a clutter hoarding situation, it’s especially helpful to know where each type of item goes.
  • As you fill each container, stop and deal with it.
    • If it’s dirty dishes, sometimes it’s easier to deal with a sink full and go do something else, rather than spending hours bent over the sink washing every dish in the house.
    • Same for laundry, or any other chore.
  • Limit your time organizing to what you feel is reasonable.
    • I know you want it DONE, but getting overtired with achy muscles will set you back in the long run.
Clutter image courtesy of MorgueFile


  • Give yourself a pat on the back for every small achievement as you work, and don’t talk about what you’ve achieved to anyone who won’t be supportive.
    • People who don’t struggle with clutter problems don’t understand, and family members often find it easier to blame others for the mess in the first place, rather than taking responsibility for their roles in it.

How to Declutter

Find, make, or buy things to put the  clutter in – you cannot tackle a clutter problem if you don’t have places for everything.

Baskets are great because a basket contains some of the clutter while looking nice on your shelf or tabletop.

Reasons to Declutter Your Home

There are so many great reasons to get rid of clutter.

  • It can be a great, motivational first step in changing everything that’s wrong in your life.
  • Clutter creates stress.
  • It makes you feel bad about yourself and your life.
  • You can’t find things you need if they’re lost in the clutter.
  • Clutter attracts unwanted critters (mice, roaches, bedbugs, and silverfish, just to name a few.)
  • Life is easier when your things are organized.

Take it All Off

I recently finished reading a really unique and helpful eBook by an author named Betsy Talbot. I was lucky enough to pick it up via a BookBub promotion.

The book was called Strip Off Your Fear: Radiate the Confidence Within.

The book exceeded my expectations because it used a fun stripper example all the way through to provide examples of how to boost your self esteem and learn to love yourself.

I felt it was a perfect book to review here, because what can be more instrumental to rewriting your life – and tapping into your intrinsic vicissitude – than a boost in self esteem?

Talbot used the stripper example in the sense of taking off your clothes to examine the exposed sensitive areas underneath – including negative self-talk, and fears about self worth and even about life in general.

The part of the book that I found the most helpful, was the direct manner the writer used to talk about “how” self esteem gets damaged, “why” it stays that way, and then offered mental exercises to help move to the next phase of a better sense of self esteem.

If you would like to check out this (in my opinion) awesome eBook, here is a link so you can easily jump over to Amazon:

I liked it so much I’m now reading another of Betsy Talbot’s eBooks – this one co-authored with her husband, Warren, The Step by Step Guide to Getting Rid of It: Eliminate the Clutter in Your Life (also an Amazon offering if you’re interested in decluttering your life while you rewrite it).