We all strive to be organized and efficient. But how can we be organized if our closets are overflowing, our floor is stacked with boxes and newspapers, or the kitchen is filled with dirty dishes and expired items? You cannot function in such an atmosphere. Therefore, if you are trying to stay organized or want to simplify your life, start decluttering.
But before we begin, it is essential to understand what clutter is. Clutter is anything that we keep in our house or surroundings, which does not add value to our lives and creates a mess. Decluttering can not only improve your home’s overall look, but it can provide you with mental peace and positive energy.
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Sort it out
You don’t need fancy tools to declutter your home, only a few baskets or bins for five different purposes:
This box is for items that you wish to keep with you.
This bin is for items that can be recycled, such as unwanted paper, fabric, or glass.
This bin is for items that need repair.
This bin is for items that can go into the household trash like expired products or broken things.
This bin is for items that you can donate.
Decluttering step by step
Once you make up your mind to declutter, keep in mind the following tips:
The best way to begin is by making a plan. Organize what you want to do and where you want to start from. Categorize the items and tackle them one by one. Making a list will help you stay organized and on track. As the first step of decluttering begins, you will not be overwhelmed or stressed.
One area at a time
It is a good idea to begin by cleaning one area at a time. Decide which area or room you want to start with. Try to focus on one room and after completing the decluttering of that room, move on to the next space.
Start slow and small
If you’re new to decluttering, you can start slowly and build momentum by dedicating at least a few minutes a day. Even if you give away 2-3 items a day, you will gradually begin the cycle of downsizing and decluttering.
Look at everything
Once you start the process of decluttering, you must look at everything in the designated room. This way, you will get a good idea of your belongings and decide what you wish to keep and what needs to go.
When adding things to the boxes and sorting through your belongings, don’t put anything away unless you have a definitive idea of what to do with it.
If you have a tough time deciding what to keep or not, ask yourself if you love it and need it. Are you going to use it? If the answer is no, give it away. However, if any particular belonging has some sentimental value attached to it, you may store it separately.
Getting rid of clutter physically
Identify clothes and things that you no longer need or have never used and donate them to an organization or someone who might need them. Getting rid of clutter physically is an integral part of organizing your surroundings. This will not only help you stay organized, but you would have done a good deed too.
Once you have designated the belongings to either of the five boxes and gotten rid of everything you don’t need or no longer want, assign a designated space for all the belongings that you have retained. You may invest in some good containers to stay organized.
Take before and after photos of the area you have decluttered and organized. Once you see how your home looks, it becomes easy to declutter your home.
Control the in-flow
The decluttering process is continuous, you must ensure the surrounding stays neat and tidy. Assign a dedicated space for incoming letters, mail, and other things, that take up room on your counters and shelves. These things account for most of our clutter.
No matter how big or small you start out or what tips you follow, make the decision to declutter and actively work on it. You’ll be glad you did!