Many people find that organizing and decluttering lowers stress, by giving them a sense of control and accomplishment.
Many people find living a simple life with fewer belongings appealing.
Learning how to declutter your home (and, as a result, your life) doesn’t have to be as difficult as some people believe.
Take these two simple steps to get started:
1.) Make a schedule and set goals for yourself.
Make a strategy before you begin. Starting with precise goals will help you reduce frustration and blockages, regardless of how much clutter you have to sort through. Here are a few things to think about as you begin to declutter:
- Make a list of all the rooms and “clutter hot spots” you wish to tackle or design a map of them.
- One room or one space at a time should be tackled.
- Set deadlines for each aspect of your cleanup and make sure they are realistic. Making a decluttering challenge that feels like a game for yourself will help you avoid frustration during the process.
- When you expect decluttering to take more than a few hours, such as in the basement or garage, schedule time to work on these specific areas.
N:B: The timeline will depend on the size of your rooms and your home, as well as the number of items you have in each.
2.) Make a System for Sorting
You’ll need to build up a system for sorting the stuff you find as you travel around the rooms in your house. While you could devise your own approach to categorize your clutter, you can employ the well-known, Three-Box Method. The Three-Box Method requires you to label three boxes or storage bins with “Keep,” “Get Rid Of,” and “Put In Storage” on them. Sort your belongings using these decluttering tips:
- The keep box holds items that you can utilize in your day-to-day existence. Empty this box and place items in their new locations, after the entire sorting. However, these items should be labeled and carefully stored in a container or drawer.
- The Put in Storage Box is where items periodically or memorably used are stored. Label storage containers with labels or an inventory sheet, and arrange them neatly in designated storage space.
- The Get Rid Of box contains items that you no longer use. After sorting, empty this box and pick whether to donate or toss away each item. Any items you’re giving away or selling should be kept outside the house, most likely, in a garage storage bin. Items in your “Get Rid Of” box can be disposed of in a variety of ways; donate, freecycle, recycle,