Decluttering Your Life
Possessing fewer possessions has many benefits. However, it can be difficult to take action even if you have fewer possessions until the many benefits of clearing clutter are revealed.
Less work. It’s enough to do the chore of cleaning, but it can be even more stressful to have to clean around objects you don’t feel attached to or actively dislike.
It’s easier to organize. It’s suddenly easier to find things. You don’t have to “disappear” things. Instead of moving things around in your home, you can move them around and enjoy it.
Reduce stress. It’s easy to see the clutter in your home and feel nauseated. It would be wonderful to look around and find a home that you love.
Less debt. You can spend less time buying material possessions and cluttering your home. As a result, your wallet, bank accounts, and credit card statements will be fuller.
More financial liberty. The majority of American households live paycheck-to-paycheck (59% according to a recent poll by Charles Schwab in May 2019). In addition, nearly half of the respondents have credit card debt. Combining minimalism and decluttering will help you build savings that can be used in an emergency.
You will have more energy to pursue your passions. You will be happier if you have less debt, more financial freedom and a clean house.
Okay, now you are aware of the benefits of decluttering. But, you might be confused by the next question: Where do you start?
10 Creative Decluttering Ideas
You can get creative with your ideas if you are having trouble decluttering. These are some great decluttering tips that will help you organize your home.
- Begin with five minutes per day. This is a good starting point for anyone new to decluttering.
- Give away one item each day. This would eliminate 365 items from your home every year. You would have given away 730 things if you increased the number to 2 per day. This number can be increased if you find it too easy.
- Fill a whole trash bag. Grab a bag and stuff it with items you can donate to Goodwill.
- Donate clothes that you don’t wear. Hang your clothes in the opposite direction. When you have worn an item, turn the hanger in the right direction. After a few months, throw away clothes that you have not worn.
- Make a decluttering list. It is much easier to organize your clutter. You can also use the decluttering list.
- Complete the 12-12-12-12 challenge. Find 12 items to toss, 12 to donate and 12 that can be returned to their rightful home.
- Imagine a first-time visitor to your home. As if you were visiting a friend’s home, enter your home. Make a note of your first impressions about how organized and clean the home is, and then make any necessary changes.
- Take before-and-after photos of one small area of your home. Take a quick photo of the area and clean it up. It’s easier to declutter more of your home once you have a clear idea of how it could look.
- Ask a friend for help. Let a friend go through your house and pick out a few big items that you can throw away or give to someone. Your friend must agree to your reasons if you want to keep the item. It’s time to dispose of the item if they aren’t.
- Use the four-box method. Take four boxes and label them with: trash, give away or keep. Place each item in one of these boxes. No matter how small or insignificant it may seem, you should not skip any item. It may take several days, weeks or months to complete, but you will be able to see how many items are actually in your possession and know what you should do with each one.
Whatever tip you choose, the goal is to make your first step towards decluttering with enthusiasm.
Behind clutter lies a beautiful world of peace and tranquillity. It is up to each person to decide how to declutter their home.