In recent years, “decluttering” has developed into a catchphrase, and self-proclaimed “decluttering and tidying-up experts” like Marie Kondo have emerged to offer guidance on the subject. The goal is to transform your home from a dirty, disorganised, and chaotic space into a spotless, well-organised, and calming spot.
The vast majority of us harbour the hope that one day we will be able to reside in an orderly home. Still, the reality is that many of us have way too many personal belongings, which fill the space and make it look cluttered and disorderly. Getting rid of clutter and achieving a minimalist look, or at least one that is more minimal, takes a lot of work and can be an extremely challenging endeavour. In this article, we will look at some things to consider and do to make the process a little easier, particularly if you feel overwhelmed by it.
- Dedicate time to it: Dedicate time each day or week to the task. It does not make a difference if it is for the entirety of a day, a few hours, or even just ten minutes; everything counts! To prevent you from becoming overly exhausted or overwhelmed, you should set a timer and stop when it goes off. The best way to approach it might be to take it one step at a time but do it frequently.
- Make sure you have everything you need available: There is nothing more frustrating than getting back into the swing of things only to realise that you forgot to bring the bin liners up from the kitchen or the box you wanted to use to store stuff in the other room. Make sure you have everything you need before heading to the room or area where you will declutter and start the project.
- Make a plan for what you will do with the items: A common mistake that many people make when they declutter is that afterwards, they do not have a plan for what to do with the items they removed from their homes. They then have boxes and bags sitting around their house or in the trunk of their car for months after the event, which simply transfers the problem and, in many cases, makes it even more inconvenient than it already was. Make plans to take any items that are still in excellent and usable condition directly to the charity shop. To recoup some of your losses, you might want to consider selling any items that can be resold on eBay or Facebook Marketplace; however, you should always be prepared with a backup plan in case the item does not sell.
- Do not eliminate things only needed during certain times of the year. One of the most common mistakes people make when trying to get rid of clutter is that they go a little too far and get rid of things they need during certain times of the year, such as Christmas decorations or beach gear. When it comes to that time of the year, and they are forced to go out and purchase new things, they regret having decluttered in the first place and vow to never do it again. Put everything in a box that can be easily identified and labelled that you will need for the following year’s activities, and hire a self storage facility to store them in.
You are the only one who can declutter your home successfully and efficiently. Nobody but you can determine what must be kept, what can be thrown away, and what brings you too much happiness to let go of it. The first step, which is also the most crucial, is to take action.