In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a calm home often feels like it’s just out of reach. We rush from task to task, sometimes without taking a moment to breathe, let alone reflect on the spaces that surround us. There’s a quick way to tap into a sense of calm amidst the chaos: decluttering. And the easiest starting point? Clearing just one surface. Whether it’s your kitchen counter, office desk, or dining table, let’s explore how a simple act of decluttering can transform not only your space but your mind too. Bonus: removing clutter also removes stress – that’s a win!

Here’s something I know – CLUTTER = STRESS

You want a clean and clutter-free home – let me show you how! I want to help you get past that clutter, past that stress, to the place where you can enjoy life, your kids, have time for what matters to you and not stress over clutter. I want you to know that cleaning doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

Maybe you are ….

  • just wanting to take the house back
  • struggling with a different schedule
  • wanting a clean house and don’t know how to get one
  • feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where or how to start
  • need some support to help you with self-discipline

Through the Jumpstart Your Routine Course we follow 9 simple steps to RESET our lives and homes – one of my favorite modules is Module #6 – Clear the Surfaces. Clutter equals stress and clearing surfaces will help you eliminate the stress that clutter brings.

Today, if you feel stressed out, unmotivated, unsure of where to start, clear ONE surface. Just one. It can be your kitchen counter, a kitchen table, your bathroom counter, the mantle, your desk….any surface.

Here’s how to clear one surface:

  • Identify your surface. It might be a kitchen counter, an end or side table, a coffee table, a mantel, the fridge …. Just choose one surface to start!
  • Completely empty/clear it – leave NOTHING on the surface.
  • Wipe the surface off with a barely damp cloth and/or your favorite cleaner.
  • Step back and gaze at that clean and empty surface. Sometimes a clean and clear surface can give you a little calm in a room. Leave it empty for a bit if you can.
  • When you’re ready, evaluate what you are going to put back. Do you need everything? Are you using it daily or weekly? Is there anything you can donate, sell, put somewhere else?
  • Return the necessities to the space or leave it empty for a bit.
  • Evaluate again – how does it look? Any additional edits?

You’ll be surprised with how clearing just one surface makes you feel. Clearing one surface CAN help with that overwhelmed feeling. Leave a note in the comments to tell us what surface you’re clearing today!

Ready for more? I’d love to help you get started with a routine that works – come join me in the Quarterly Clutter Club!  It just opened but closes on September 30th – if you feel like a little daily decluttering would be helpful for you, join us for for Q4!

Decluttering goes beyond just creating an aesthetically pleasing space. It can also free our minds from the visual noise and offer us a little breathing room. By starting with just one surface, you’ve taken the first step towards cultivating an environment where calm isn’t just for the moment, but a consistent theme. So, next time you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders, remember the power of decluttering a surface and embrace the instant calm it brings.