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Sure, there are a few pieces of mail on the counter and the dishwasher needs emptying but otherwise, your home is ready for people to drop by without turning your checks red with embarrassment.
Think this is a pipe dream?
Keep reading and I'll show you how it's possible.
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As a new mom, I thought giant messes were just a natural result of having little kids.
I also thought that if I could just figure out the right organizational system or buy a few more bins and containers, I'd conquer the mess for good.
Well, you can imagine that this was a losing battle!
It doesn't matter how many cute containers, shelves, and storage solutions you have if your house is overflowing with stuff!
It was just too much.
And once my 3rd son was born I decided that I'd had enough.
And so I stopped organizing so much and embraced living with less.
I learned how to let go of things, even important things, if they weren't being used in our lives or bringing us value and enjoyment.
I learned how to make decisions about what to keep, how to manage my emotions around those sentimental items, and how to declutter without making my family resent the decisions I make.
Now I have 4 boys.
But instead of being a disaster zone, our home is fairly minimal.
We don't have a lot of clutter. It's not spotless but it's EASY to clean up in just a few minutes a day. (I have a theory that if you house is always spotless, you're missing out on opportunities to have fun!)
And we have time for the things that are important to us!
I can have friends over any day of the week without a massive cleanup (or feeling the need for repeated apologies about the mess). There might be a bit of dust on the shelves, but dusting isn't a priority for me so I don't worry about that...
We've saved thousands of dollars a year by no longer buying all that stuff. And that's not even counting the value of not being stressed out over mess and clutter. You can't put a dollar amount on peace of mind.
I know exactly how you feel.
As I've decluttered our home and felt the stress melting away, I've found it impossible to stop talking to others about it.
First I wrote a book.
Step-by-Step Decluttering has helped thousands of people find peace and freedom as they declutter their homes.
But people wanted more!
They wanted a place to talk about these sometimes gut-wrenching decisions (Do I donate that wedding china or keep it to use once a year? How do you deal with relatives who won't stop giving toys to your kids?)
They wanted more training and someone to help guide and coach them through the emotional minefield that clutter can be.
So then I created Decluttering School.
Decluttering School will help you get started and stay motivated as you declutter your home.
If it were, it would be easy, you'd be done in no time.
Clutter and the struggles that go along with decluttering are highly emotional and gut-wrenching.
To have a real transformation, you need to work through a lot of mental hurdles. Otherwise, you'll find yourself right back where you started (or in a worse mess).
And you need support in a safe place.
And that's where I come in!
In this monthly membership site, you get:
Bite-sized Training Videos
3-10 minute videos on topics such as
A Library of Action Plans
A whole selection of 1 page ready-made checklists.
Use these plans to tackle specific areas of your home whether you have 10 minutes or 10 hours.
Decluttering is only half the battle. A neat and tidy house depends on learning certain habits. Once you've got these habits in place, the clutter practically takes care of itself!
As a group, we work on one challenge a month to help build these habits.
We have 1-2 live Q&A calls a month where you can get your questions answered and get clarity on whatever issue you're currently tackling.
Private Facebook Group
No need to air your “dirty laundry” to the rest of Facebook!
Our members-only group is a safe place to share your struggles, get advice and encouragement.
If you'd like a fellow Decluttering School student and partner of your own to encourage and keep you accountable, we'll match you up!
Use Decluttering School on your schedule!
All this material is available to you at your convenience - access any of the resources and training as long as you're a member of Decluttering School!
New training and resources are added every week.
You may have heard of using the question, “Does it spark joy” to decide if you should declutter something or not.
Well, this test doesn't always work.
What about useful things (think a stepladder) or things you got on sale that don't necessarily spark joy but that you might find useful?
The 4 Clutter Tests will give you an objective way to look at each of your possessions (especially the tough ones) and make a decision to keep or declutter in a way that you can feel good about without second-guessing yourself.
The 4 Clutter Tests is a short video presentation with worksheet.
Cindy Weatherford joined the group wanting to declutter her home so she could list it for sale.
Her home's transformation is simply amazing!
Decluttering School is just $24 a month.
You can cancel at any time.
But enrollment is only open a few times a year.
(less than $1 a day)
You are invited to try out Decluttering School for 30 days! If you decide it's not for you, ask for a no-hassle refund.
You've got nothing to lose!
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
I love our Facebook group but it’s BUSY in there!
With 15,000 people chatting away, it’s easy to get distracted and side-tracked from your goal. Plus, Facebook is awesome for community but not so great when you need to stay organized and work through training materials.
The membership site is focused and organized.
You’ll know exactly what to do to make progress. No more spinning your wheels!
And I’ll help you to stay motivated and take those baby steps.
It’s always hard when the family is resistant.
But most people discover that they personally have plenty to declutter.
And so even if your spouse or other family isn’t on board and has too much stuff, you can still work on your OWN belongings (and maybe the kids’ things) and make a big improvement.
Plus, when you do this, you might be surprised at how many spouses come around and start following your example. The key here is to be non-judgmental and encouraging.
We do discuss navigating clutter and family members in some of our lessons.
The membership is for anyone who has decided to tackle their clutter. Obviously, if you don’t have a lot of clutter, you probably won’t need much of the training.
Also, people who are true hoarders probably need professional help which I’m unable to provide
The overwhelm comes from not having a plan and from facing a really big amount of work.
The good news is that once you get started decluttering the RIGHT way, it’s a LOT easier to make progress and you’ll feel a lot better in general.
The key is to take it slow and have accountability and support.
Decluttering School is a monthly membership (like Netflix for decluttering). Each month, we'll bill you your membership fee.
And when you join now, your cost will never go up.
Many people hold on to clutter when money is tight.
But clutter also has a very real cost – lost and late bills, needing to buy things again because you can’t find them, money spent to store and maintain things you don’t use.
If Decluttering School can save you from needing to buy just 1 item a month, it will easily pay for itself.
When you start paying attention to how much clutter actually costs you in real dollars, you’ll be extra motivated to tackle it.
If you decide it’s not for you, you’ve got 30 days to ask me for a refund. No questions asked.
I built this membership with YOU in mind!
We’re all busy! And the last thing I want is for you to get behind and feel like you’re not keeping up with the material.
That’s why each week will have just 1 lesson or resource for you to implement.
The videos are short – 3-10 minutes tops – and you’ll have the option of a transcript and summary in case you don’t care for videos.
This material is designed for busy people. So if that’s you, you’ll be right at home.
Nope – Facebook is optional!
We do chat on Facebook but the training and resources are all on the Decluttering School website. Plus, you’ll always get the weekly email with your lesson of the week.
So if you don’t care for the busy-ness of Facebook, I understand. You can still benefit from the resources.
And never dread hearing that doorbell again!
Freedom from clutter and peace of mind is waiting for you!
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