There are several benefits, both physically and mentally, to decluttering your home, apart from making it look more spacious. It may be daunting and difficult, so here are some tips that might help take the stress out of organising your home.
Step by Step
When it comes to decluttering, many people make the mistake of starting too big. It is easier and therefore more productive to start slowly; even if you start with something small like organising your computer desktop, your car or even your underwear drawer. Starting off slowly allows you to finish off each task and gradually move on to more and bigger areas without getting overwhelmed.
The “Three Pile System”
Home organising experts often promote this system to start off the decluttering process. The three piles will help you to better organise and come to terms with your relationship with your belongings. The piles will represent things for keeping, donating, or throwing away. Try your best to stick to this system and be honest with yourself – if an item has been sitting in your wardrobe or drawer for over year, do you really need it?
Give It Up
Usually, decluttering is so hard because giving things up can be difficult and, for some of us, emotional. The longer something is around, the more of an attachment we build to it. Determine how important the item really is, and if you can live without it. If you’re struggling with a “high value” items that you shouldn’t really need but are not ready to part with, consider an in-between step; putting them aside for a set period of time. When eventually you come back to them, you are more likely to have a renewed sense of what you can and cannot say goodbye to.
Decluttering obviously doesn’t mean getting rid of all your belongings; only the things which are extra and unnecessary. Make sure that you have apt storage throughout your home, where you can organise and have a place for everything.
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