The Clutter Snowball

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Clutter Snowball - Great idea!

My husband has wisely made the correlation between Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps and an effective decluttering method.  I’ll elaborate on the steps as we make our way through our Live With Less year-long journey but today I want to share how our proposed Clutter Snowball is similar to Dave Ramsey’s Debt Snowball method (Baby step #2).  Dave Ramsey’s method is very effective and we hope that ours will be too!

{By the way, I have to stop and say that I highly recommend Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover!  I know his plan well because my husband and I followed it to become debt free and we are currently on step 4.  We love it!}


It’s called the snowball method because of how it works.  When you want to build a snowman you could bring handfuls of snow and pile them up in one spot but most people start with a tight snowball and roll it around the yard.  Why is that?  It’s because everyone knows a rolling snowball will build a snowman much quicker.

Big Snowball

Just like Dave Ramsey suggests paying off the smallest debt first I’m recommending that you start with the smallest space in your home to declutter first.  That’s why last week’s challenge was to clean one drawer.  For the next two weeks your challenge is to tackle the smallest section of your home but I’ll give more details on that tomorrow.

Clutter Snowball Method!

Here are the three ways they are similar:

– Behavior Modification – Both the debt snowball method and the clutter snowball method are designed to change your behavior.  Change your habits, change your life, as the cliche goes.  When you’re intentional about a goal and you have steps to reach it, you are 100 times more likely to succeed.  I know that you already have your goal in mind.  You can probably already visualize your home looking fabulous, can’t you?  I have those day dreams often.  I’m here weekly to help supply you with the baby steps.

– “Gazelle Intensity – Dave coined the term “gazelle intensity” after reading Proverbs 6:4–5, which says, “Give no sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids. Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, and like a bird from the hand of the fowler.”

In other words, when you’re in debt…or when you’re in over your head with clutter, you need to work as hard to get out of debt as a gazelle works to run from a cheetah.

It’s possible to escape the cheetah but it won’t happen if the gazelle shuts his eyes and hopes the cheetah will disappear {like I’ve done a time or two with the clutter that surrounds me}.  It takes work, hard work, and a plan to outrun that cheetah…but WE CAN DO IT!

– Visual Change = Motivation – When you see change happening you’ll stick to your plan.  This is my favorite point!  I know that a few of you have already came to this conclusion on your own by the comments you’ve left in our Facebook group Live With Less and I just love that.

When we start small we can see the rewards of our work and that feeling of accomplishment is amazing!  Sometimes we’re even motivated to go and clean even more but if we’re not, that’s okay.  Cleaning out my linen closet made me want to clean out every closet in our home and donate even more trash bags.  I didn’t have time to do that this week but that’s okay!  Small steps are the way to go.  What if I had attempted to clean out a massive space only to have pulled everything out and ran out of time?  I would have had more of a mess than I started with.  I’ve done this before.  I became overwhelmed, threw everything back in it’s place, and left defeated.

Together, let’s take small steps this week to clean our smallest room or section.  If you haven’t divided your home into 12 sections yet, you can see this post for more information.  Tomorrow, I’ll be back to share a more detailed method for attacking that clutter filled small space but feel free to get started on it now if you’d like!

Do you like the clutter snowball idea as much as I do?  I hope so!  What is the smallest room that you’ll be tackling in the next two weeks?