These days our society learn from a big change to improve our healthy lifestyle and cope with pandemic. Before we start to jump off the end and throw away without second thought.
How to Start Declutter
There are a number of areas in our lives that we can let clutter build-up: physical things in our homes, emotional or mental clutters in our minds, finances/debt cluttering our budgets, and more.
While all of these areas are important to address, for the sake of this series, we’re going to focus on our homes.
Decluttering doesn’t have to mean getting rid of everything you own and getting started. It doesn’t have to be, and shouldn’t be, a complicated process. Usually, the hardest part is just getting started.
So if you’re ready to simplify your life and ditch the clutter, start here.
Make An Plan of Action
Think about your schedule and be realistic about it. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Daily: Set the timer for 15 minutes and declutter as much as possible until the timer has run out.
Work towards a goal: fill one box a day or two boxes a week of items to be discarded.
Set a goal or deadline, write it down, and working towards it will help you stay on the job and keep you accountable.
Just make it fun! Choose a way to reward yourself when you get to your goal. It could be a little treat like a bowl of ice cream while you watch a favorite show, or a girl’s night out with friends! Whatever the hell gets you excited!
The 3 Styles Of Clutter
Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”William Morris.
The things in our home should earn their keep. Anything that isn’t bringing us joy or helping us out in our daily lives must go. Things to get rid of by breaking down the “extra stuff” into three categories: trash, redundancies, and unnecessaries.
Let’s break the ones down a little bit further…
- Trash is
‘Trash’ does not literally mean items that need to end up in a landfill. Rather, this category is more of the obvious items that take up space and need to be disposed of.
Whether they need to be thrown away/recycled, donated, or sold, they should be fairly easy to part with. Obvious trash could be things like old papers, receipts, magazines; worn/cut clothing, half-empty or expired products, unmatched socks, etc.
Items that should be donated or sold include clothing that you haven’t worn in more than 6 months, samples that you’ll never use, things that used to be useful, but that you’re no longer wearing (old electronics, books, furniture, etc.)
This is going to be harder than the others. I tend to err on the side of “always be prepared” when it comes to having multiples of certain items. It’s hard for me to let go of the idea of “just in case” when it comes to simplifying my life. But, in reality, the odds of actually hosting 10 guests who have all forgotten the deodorant are pretty slim.
I’m used to living with less and avoiding having drawers full of “waiting” multiples to be useful. First, you should consider getting rid of the redundancies and duplicates while sifting through your items.
For those of you who thought I was just crazy about having 10 extra deodorants, this category might be easier for you.
But to give you some ideas of more common redundancies, here are some duplicates to consider getting rid of: clothing items that are similar (how many white T-shirts do you really need?), throw blankets, kitchen utensils, bedding sets, small appliances that do the same thing, decorative vases… You get the idea.
To me, acquiring unnecessary things is a symptom of the society in which we live. Somewhere along the way, we’re starting to match things with happiness and happiness with things.
Things that once served a purpose are not always useful.
Examples of items that fall into an unnecessary category are: things that used to be sentimental, bags that you never used, books that you haven’t read and have no plan to read, gifts that you never used (or liked in the first place), knick-knacks that could be decorated but really just take up space, freebies that you never needed.
Helpful Decluttering Tips
Tip #1: If you come across things you’re on the fence, here’s what I’m suggesting: put those items in a box and store them out of sight. After 30 days, check the box again, and if you haven’t used or missed the stuff, throw it out!
Tip #2: Most paper clutter can (and should) be eliminated by electronic filing and disposing of physical documents.
Keep in mind items that cannot be digitized: birth certificate, marriage certificate, passport, social Security card, vehicle title.
Acquiring all that excess stuff wasn’t going to happen overnight, so getting rid of it will take some time. Be sure to use the resources I’ve linked to if you feel stuck!