Are you starting the New Year off with a clean slate? Most tend to refresh, restart, and renew themselves at the beginning of the year, in all aspects of life. A simplified life that is uncluttered sounds attractive to many. So today I’d like to share some decluttering tips for the home. Once you’ve decluttered, there’s less to clean, less to organize, less debt and less stress. Ridding your life of those things will in turn bring you more money, energy, and time. When you’re overwhelmed with clutter the major question is, where to begin? Here are some steps to take in the direction of a clutter free life.
- It only takes ONE: In the beginning of your decluttering journey, try to focus in on one small clutter problem rather than the big picture. Clear off one counter, organize one shelf, or re-arrange a single drawer. Small successes in cleaning give you motivation for the long haul. Take on the year-long task of getting rid of one thing a day and see how much you can rid yourself of in 365 days.
- Schedule Sessions: With so much to do, you’ll always feel like there’s not enough time. But a successful cleanse requires a lot of time! First things first, schedule a time to declutter. Whether it’s 15 minutes or an hour a day, these blocks of time will make significant dents in your work. You’ll notice the difference quickly as the time spent adds up.
- Divide and Conquer: This technique is simple and allows you to see the progress right in front of you. Gather four boxes, bags, or containers and label them trash, keep, donate, and relocate. When you choose an area to declutter, go through each item individually and place in one of the categories. You’ll be surprised by how much you no longer need.
- Closet Full: If your closet is overflowing but you are having a hard time parting with you clothes, try this technique out. Begin with all your clothes on hangers, facing the correct direction in your closet. After an item is worn and it makes it’s way back into the closet, hang it facing the opposite direction. After 3 to 6 months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can discard.
Whatever you decide to do to help you get started, the key is taking the first step. Hype yourself up, envision the finished product, and take charge. A life free of clutter and full of freshness will bring you some happiness. Go ahead, make the first move!