Sometimes it’s hard to let go of things you’ve collected over the years. You may think they help you hold onto fond memories.
But those memories don’t live in the objects — they live in your mind.
When we’re in a nice, clean space, we can think more clearly. Decluttered spaces can lead to enhanced creativity, peace of mind, and productivity. You’re reading this because you value those things, and you’re ready to create a haven for yourself and your family.
Don’t put off a 3-hour chore for three years! That’s three years of huge enjoyment potential you will have missed out on! Here are five tips on how to get rid of clutter and build habits that will keep it at bay.
How to Get Rid Of Clutter
Grab four big boxes and label them: keep, give away, re-locate, and trash. Resist the urge to put things back. If you haven’t used it in 2 years, it’s time to say goodbye.
Getting started is the hardest part. Turn on some motivational music, make yourself some coffee, and get to it! Check out these decluttering tips:
1. One Bag or Box
Fill a trash bag each week. Empty your home of useless items. Once you fill one bag, you might realize that many other things should be tossed. Check your kitchen cupboards for expired canned food and excess mugs (they have a way of multiplying, don’t they?).
Starting small is the key to decluttering. Plan to do just 5 minutes of work and you may enter your flow state and happily work for much longer.
2. Make It New!
Piggyback decluttering with a fun plan for the space. This month, I’m clearing my basement storage to make room for a speakeasy-themed bar. Do something similar to get yourself in gear!
3. Photograph the Room
Photograph each room in your home. You’ll notice what’s out of place and how the organization of the room makes you feel. When you’re getting rid of clutter, a photo will give you a fresh eye on your home clutter.
4. Reward Yourself!
You’re not a toddler with a sticker chart (unless you’re an early reader), but task-reward psychology works at any age. Use this tip as you continue to learn how to clean a house. Reward yourself with a beer per box, a chocolate per trash bag, or a tv show per shelf!
Each day or each week, find 12 items to toss, 12 to donate, and 12 to store. Sometimes, when cleaning a house, we have to buy something new to store something old. Get yourself some nice shelving or take advantage of a self storage facility.
Start Decluttering Today!
It doesn’t matter how you declutter. The important thing is that you start. You’re on the right track because you’ve acknowledged the need for organization in your home.
Now you’re an expert on how to get rid of clutter, so there’s so you’re fresh out of excuses! Take those photos, label those boxes, and get started right now! You’ll be so happy you did!
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