Minimalist living: 10 Productive Tips to Declutter Your Home
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Let’s face it – every home has a little ‘junk’ hanging around or even a little more in other homes. If you are new to minimalist life or are already a minimalist and looking for ways to improve your minimalist lifestyle, the idea of decluttering your home may be overwhelming with a lifetime of stuff acquired in your loft or attic.
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While trying to live a minimalist life sounds fun and requires time and effort to see genuine results, you can totally nail this by sticking with foolproof decluttering tips and hacks.
Practical Tips to Declutter Your Home
Decluttering isn’t as easy as it sounds but setting small goals and achieving them is the fastest way to reach your goal. Taking baby steps is the first process of decluttering because if you rush into it, you might just lose hope.
To make it easy and fun, you can write down a list of all the sections in your home. With a clear idea of all you have to do, you can pick one room at a time to declutter then move on to the next. This will help you prioritize your time. You might just end up enjoying the whole decluttering process. Trust me!
Re-think before buying
We are all guilty of buying things that we feel may be useful at home than end up not using these things at all. It is very easy to buy so much stuff that we are not sure whether or not we really need it. Shopping ‘just in case we need it’ only creates more work and makes your home cluttered. On the other hand, I can’t ask you to stop shopping considering that would not be a realistic solution.
In addition, being critical of your spending is the only way to reduce spending on unnecessary things. Before going off to purchase everything you need or want, check to see whether you really need it and want it, if you answer yes to both then you can go ahead with the purchase. If not, you should consider dropping it. You will be fine without it. Give it a try!
Donate Unimportant Stuff
Have you considered donating stuff you do not need? Sure, facing purchasing errors and poor spending choices is rather tough but the truth is, you can’t keep beating yourself up over these past mistakes. I know it can be pretty difficult to let go of stuff you already have, notwithstanding, the only way to successfully clear clutter is to give it away.
As soon as you start seeing and feeling the effects of donating unimportant items, you’ll see it is not as difficult as you think. Choosing to donate your things is never a bad idea. You should totally try it out.
Remember that sweatshirt you got from your first crush – that you’ve outgrown for years now? What about the faulty jar you have refused to trash because it reminds you of something special?
Undoubtedly, we all have objects that remind us of certain memories that we keep piling up in the closet. While these objects are kept there to remind us of these beautiful memories, it is essential to note that you can completely lose sight of special memories among the ever-growing sea of clutter. See, counterproductive!
Trust me, getting rid of sentimental clutter is the hardest task to take on. I have found myself in that position more times than I count. But I always feel better in the end.
You shouldn’t feel burdened to keep something you won’t use because it is a gift. By getting rid of things you don’t really want, you can truly enjoy the best memories from them. Every time you feel guilty, always remember that you are not giving away the person who gave you this gift or the person’s love for you. That works!
Note: Be sure to check out our blog for related articles on decluttering. You will be happy you did!
Repack your closet
Cleaning up your closet is the only guarantee to simple living and a quality lifestyle. We naturally wear only 20 percent of our clothes so what happens to the remaining 80 percent? They just occupy space. It is high time you parted with this unnecessary baggage already.
How do you choose what to ditch?
I’m glad you asked. I drafted out three critical questions to help you simply the decluttering journey.
- Does it still fit?
- Is it torn, stained or faded?
- When was the last time you wore it?
If you answered ‘No’ to any of these questions I’ll suggest you get rid of them and free up some space.
You may not know it yet but eliminating stuff that is useless gives some sort of relief. Pruning items shouldn’t be something you do once a year or in two years but it has to be done on a daily basis. Throwing out items that are not useful and donating those you may likely never use again can help you reduce clutter.
Respectfully say ‘No’
Saying ‘No’ respectfully to free samples and souvenirs can be pretty hard. However, that is one of the best ways to keep clutter out of your home. Learning how to say no takes a lot of practice, just like mastering any skill but worth it at the end. Using it relieves stress and helps you reduce clutter in your home. Try it out today – you’ve got nothing to lose.
Choose quality over quantity
Unarguably, buying a small amount of quality items that provide basically what you need is way better than buying cheap accessories that may probably pose a threat to your wellbeing. Investing in products that don’t need frequent replacement and are multi-functional is the best way to reduce clutter.
Box up items
Boxing up duplicate items and anything you feel you don’t use and occupies space is another effective way to declutter your home. You can use the four-box method. This allows you to have different boxes for different purposes.
- box 1: contains things to throw out
- box 2: useful items to keep
- box 3: stuff to donate
- box 4: to store up things
After boxing up these items and you find out you don’t miss them, then you can easily discard them or donate them. Easy, right?
If you are not sure where or how to start, you can challenge yourself by cutting down your possessions, clothes, etc every month. Although, this works mainly for those who love solving challenges. Setting up small challenges for yourself helps to clear clutter and at the same time combat boredom. Why not get started today!
Research shows that living in a messy, cluttered environment is both unhealthy and poses a threat to your mental state. As well as being unproductive, your weight loss program can also be hindered if you live in a cluttered environment.
Although decluttering sounds like an onerous task to take on, it is a relief to know that, with little steps, you can turn this into a fun game. Every step you take to declutter your home, no matter how small, allows you to enjoy more space, time, and freedom. It only takes time and conscious efforts to get there. Start living a clutter-free life today.
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