Having less clutter in your home has a lot of benefits – you’ll feel less burdened; you’ll know where everything is; and your life will just feel a little more ordered and stress-free.
So if you think clutter is becoming a problem in your home then here are some tips:
- Start de-cluttering rooms one-by-one – Do a room everyone weekend if you can and make sure that a room has been entirely sorted through before you start on a new room.
- Get a friend to help – When de-cluttering, it helps to have a trusted friend go through your stuff with you. A friend won’t have the same emotional attachment to your belongings that you do, so they may have a better idea of whether or not some things are worth keeping.
- If you haven’t used it for a year, you probably never will – This goes for appliances, clothes or anything really. Unless something has sentimental value to you or you know it could be used in the future (i.e. skiing or camping gear), then you’re probably holding onto it for no reason.
- Do a little bit of de-cluttering everyday – Even if it’s just throwing away junk mail or filing letters you’ve opened. Whenever you go grocery shopping, also remember to throw away all your expired food.
- Stick to the “one in, one out” rule – Most of us know this rule, but not many of us stick to it. Basically whenever you bring something new into the home, you should throw something else away. So for example if you have just bought a new jacket, then maybe it’s time to throw away that old, holey jumper you’ve been hanging onto.
- Don’t buy things you don’t need – There’s a lot of fancy gadgets out there, but chances are none of them do anything that you can’t already do now. So before you buy that “must-have” item take some time and ask yourself whether you will need it or use it.
- Gift and donate things you no longer need – If you feel guilty about throwing things away, then gift them to others. If you have books or clothes that are in good condition but you won’t use again, then give these to charities or ask your friends if they would like them.
- Learn to say no – If somebody offers you something, you don’t have to accept it. Sometimes friends and family like to offer us their leftover stuff (maybe they’re de-cluttering too), but try not to accept things that are free or cheap if you don’t really need it.
Remember that you are not defined by your stuff and most people feel much better having everything neat and ordered around their home – it just makes life easier.
It can be hard to keep your home entirely clutter-free, but if you make an effort to de-clutter just a little bit everyday then your home will be much easier to manage.
Do you have any more de-cluttering tips? If so, then share them here.