How to Declutter your Home One Step at a Time
We live in the most materially rich time there has ever been, with the average family household having more possessions than ever before. Now that’s probably not something we should complain about, but what do we do with all those things?
The trouble is that all this clutter is not just aesthetically displeasing – it can have a marked impact on the way we feel, making us less productive, less motivated and less happy. So to make a positive change in your life and your home, it’s time to declutter. And to do that, you need to take things one step at a time.
Step 1: A single, small success
Decluttering an entire home can seem like a daunting task, and in truth it will take time. At the start of the process you should ignore the big picture and focus on a single small area where you can really make a difference. Clearing one desk, counter or even a single drawer that nags at you daily will provide the motivation for the decluttering battle ahead.
Step 2: Set regular declutter goals
A successful and complete declutter of the home takes energy, motivation and most importantly, time. We all have increasingly busy lives, so it’s unlikely you’ll be able to tackle all your clutter in a single day. Instead, schedule regular declutter sessions that could be just 15 minutes a day. Alternatively, a couple of hour long sessions a week could be equally effective. The most important thing is to stick to these declutter appointments. If you do then small clutter-free islands will soon join to form entire rooms of clutter-less space!
Step 3: Get rid of those ‘just in case’ items
While decluttering you’re bound to come across a lot of items that you keep ‘just in case’ you take up French again, or ‘just in case’ bootcut jeans come back in fashion. The key to a successful and enduring declutter is not just to hide much of what you own, but to throw a lot of it away. If you do decide to take up French again (which is never going to happen) you can replace your dusty old dictionaries for a few pounds in the local charity shop. It’s important to remember that these old items were not bought as an investment, they were bought to use – if you would not buy them now then it’s time to throw them away.
Step 4: Simplify your life
Essential decluttering does not end at your home. Now you have simplified your home, it’s time to start doing the same to your life, and your digital habits are a great place to start. By eliminating all unnecessary things our thoughts can become clear and you can enjoy a more productive, more relaxed and more content life.
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