7 Big Decluttering Tips
- Identify the purpose of a room and get rid of anything that doesn’t serve that purpose. If this sounds stoic, hang in with me for a second. Think about it. Your bathroom doesn’t need a Peloton. Your kitchen doesn’t need a video game station. Find purpose and balance for every space, or everything will remain confused and out of balance.
- Distinguish between decluttering and tidying up. Simply put, these things are not the same. It’s like the difference between rearranging the furniture and renovating a space. Decluttering makes tidying up a thousand times easier.
- Simplify walls. It’s easy to point at the messy surfaces, cluttered closets, and dramatically stuffed junk drawers, but one of the quickest ways to create more “breathing room” in a space is to declutter the walls. What’s hanging in your way?
- Start with the easier spaces and move on to harder ones. Overwhelm is a true mind-killer. Some say, “Eat the frog” and tackle the most excruciating task first. While this may work for some, I find getting some quick wins, creating momentum, and working your way up to the more significant tasks is better.
- Choose one of three options for every object: remove, relocate, and leave. Success and speed go hand-in-hand. When evaluating possessions, it’s time to be decisive, categorize each object, and then move on. Rinse and repeat.
- Count the “clutter cost.” Think about your money, energy, and the days and hours spent addressing clutter. And the time clutter takes away from what matters most. From this standpoint, who can truly “afford” to live a cluttered existence?
- Focus on the gains, not the subtractions. Minimizing isn’t just about getting rid of clutter. It’s about adding freedom and control back into your life. Celebrate your wins in the form of new freedom, not the number of items you eliminate (although it can be pretty cool to keep count!)
Find clarity and enjoy your life. The more energy you put into removing the excess, the easier it will be to find and develop habits to manage better the things you keep.
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