8 creative ways to declutter
give yourself a time limit each day
Five to ten minutes should be manageable and not put a dent in your day to organise one area such as a pantry shelf, or bathroom cupboard. Stick to this routine till you complete that particular part of the room.
allocate three bags or boxes
The keep box, the throw away box, the donate box. Place items into one of these boxes and stick to it. This will help you to organise a space easily. You can also get children to declutter their own rooms using this technique.
let go of one item per day
Don’t grow attached to things. Colleen Madsen, an Aussie mum started this concept through her blog 365 lessthings.com and has inspired many to take the same route. You can trash, give away, or sell the item, but in twelve months, you’ll have 365 less items in your possession.
The clothes you don’t wear by reversing the hangars in your closet. The clothes you most wear will be correctly hung and those that are reverse hung are ready to be recycled. Don’t keep items of clothing that have been in your closet for eons awaiting repair, or the ones you are hoping to get back into by losing the weight you’ve been meaning to shed for the last 5 years. Pass them along to a new home.
Don’t start a new declutter area until you’ve finished one. If you open yourself up to several areas, the task may be in danger of being overwhelming and then it becomes unattainable. Use the SMART technique of achieving your goal of decluttering. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
By looking at other minimalist spaces, you’ll be inspired to make a change. Look through magazines and blogs to keep yourself on task of reaching your goal.
No, I don’t mean go and buy yourself a new sofa. Do something for yourself that will continue to make you feel better about your accomplishments. Decluttering your home is like decluttering your life and getting things off your shoulders will empower you to feel better about yourself. Have a foot massage, buy some incense for your home, or eat out with friends. Whatever you do, reward yourself for unloading unwanted and unused stuff. Let go of the hoarder in you, and set yourself free.
and most importantly, declutter negative people in your life. Do you really need the negativity weighing you down? Unenthusiastic and toxic people can leave you feeling mentally and physically drained. Your energy is sapped and you will be feeling more worse for wear by having them in your life. Declutter friends that do not add positivity and meaning to your life. Keep the friends that keep you energised.
Remember, stop buying what you don’t need. Always ask yourself; do I REALLY need this in my life? If the answer is no, walk away fast!