Do you regularly declutter? Are you drawn to a more simple, minimalist home and lifestyle? Do you only declutter and organize when you move or during spring? Take a minute to answer these questions honestly and decide if you need to declutter your home (the answer is probably yes, whether you identify as a hoarder or not). There are many benefits of a more minimalist lifestyle: less stuff to clean and organize, less debt, less clutter and stress, and more money and energy for fun experiences. However, the thought of decluttering probably sounds overwhelming and stresses you out, right? You can actually make this process fun and as simple or complicated as you want. Here are some ideas:
- Give away one item a day for a year. Every day, pick an item you no longer want or need and give it away. You could give it to a friend or family member who needs or wants it or give it to a place like Salvation Army. Try to sell it if you want too but it will defeat the purpose if you let items pile up that aren’t selling on EBay. This can be great and simple if the thought of going through your closet is very overwhelming and gives you anxiety.
- Have you ever heard of Marie Kondo? She has some great books on decluttering and organizing. One of her tips is to ask yourself if an item gives you joy. Start room by room and pick up or touch every item. Does it give you joy? You might think it sounds strange to ask if your couch gives you joy, but you could ask yourself if the couch is still comfy and you still love it. If not, it might be time to replace or get rid of it.
- Try going room to room and just spending 5 minutes a day. This will prevent you from becoming overwhelmed or burned out and never completing your organizing and decluttering endeavors.
- Fill just one trash bag. Make it a game and see how quickly you can fill a bag with either trash or items to donate.
- Have you ever heard of the hanger experiment? Turn all of your clothes hangers in the same direction. When you wear and wash an item, return it and turn the hanger the opposite way. In a few months, you can see which items you never wear and might want to get rid of. You can use this trick for any items in your home by being creative.
- Try the 12-12-12 challenge. This means find 12 things to throw out, 12 things to donate or give away to someone and 12 things to put back properly or organize. This can turn into a fun game or competition with your family.
- When organizing a room or area, try the four-box method. Label four boxes as trash, donate, keep or relocate. Put every single item in the room in one of these boxes.
- Even if you’re not moving, pack everything away. Start taking out things as you normally use them. After a few weeks or months, or whatever time period you determine, see what items are left in boxes. Do you really need these things?
Have you adopted a more minimalist lifestyle? Are you going to declutter or organize your home soon? Share with us your favorite tips and tricks to organizing and cleaning up your home!