Today, I will talk about how to declutter your home and create space, peace of mind, and an organizational system of the things that you love. I’ll tell you everything you need to know to get started in your home today if you want, so keep reading.
There are so many ways, so many different techniques to declutter your home. There’s Konmari, and there’s the minimalist game, the closet hanger method, Swedish death cleaning. Or if you’re like me, you’ve maybe tried a little bit of everything. These techniques are all fine, and great ways to go about it, but it can get a bit confusing and perhaps overwhelming even if you’re sitting in your home thinking, where would I even start, and which method should I choose.
So let me walk you through essential steps and strategies you’ll need to declutter your home and create a space that you love, regardless of the decluttering method.
Visualize your dream space
Something I have learned from the Konmari method and efficient and helpful during the decluttering process is to visualize your dream space first. This process doesn’t have to be a big thing, you can do a vision board if you want, but you can also sit in your space, close your eyes for a minute or two, and see what comes up; what you want your home to be like. How do you want it to feel, what purpose should it serve? If you keep that vision clear in your mind, or you can write it down, it will help you later on whenever you get stuck.
Choose to sort your stuff by category or by room
Choose if you want to sort your things by category or by room. This method is something that a lot of the decluttering techniques have a different opinion on. My favorite strategy is a combination of the two, and if you want to, you can use mine:
Some things I like to solve by category.
– clothes and accessories
– electronics, cables, Cds, DVDs etc
– home accessories
– Work/hobby-related objects
Other things I like to solve by room or closet;
– the kitchen
– the bedroom
– the garage
– storage spaces
– the car
– the bathroom
This combination works best for me. For example with clothing and accessories, if you have them stored in multiple places in your home, it doesn’t really make sense to declutter them by space, it’s far better to gather everything that you own, all your clothes and accessories, into one big pile, see everything you own and decide from there. But kitchen items will most likely already be in the kitchen, which is also the only area where they will be used, so that works best to tackle as a room.
When you start decluttering, whether it’s a room or a category today, always take everything that you own out first. Create a big pile and go through all the items one by one. This process may feel a bit time consuming and overwhelming maybe, but it’s the most effective way. If you leave items in, you will find you have to go back to that space again and again because there will still be items there you haven’t really considered.
So in the long run, taking everything out will be more efficient. When going through your items one by one, how do you know which ones to get rid of or keep? Especially if you haven’t practised with decluttering, this can be quite difficult.
Questions to ask while Decluttering
I always ask myself the same questions. These will help you figure out what to do.
– How often do I use this item? (And be honest here).
If you haven’t used it in the last six months or a year if it’s a seasonal item, you probably don’t need it.
– Do I have duplicates?
– How many do I need?
In most cases, you only need one of a specific item, so if you have more than one, pick your favorite and get rid of the rest.
– Does this item spark joy?
This is the konmari question, and it’s based on how an item makes you feel. If you hold it and you feel a flush of joy, then the answer is yes. If you feel sad, guilty, stressed, or anything like that, the answer is no, and you can do without it.
– Do I want to bring this item with me into my future?
This is where your dream home you envisioned earlier can help you out. Sometimes an item has meant a lot to us in the past, so we feel bad about letting it go when really, it’s okay to acknowledge that this item is not something that will keep serving us in the future.
– Does my current home do this item justice?
I recently saw a documentary of a couple owning hundreds of pairs of shoes, all stored in their box throughout their home, never been worn or even looked at. They said they loved their shoes, but does this really do them justice?
Perhaps only owning a few that you actually enjoy wearing will add much more value.
– Do I need this item NOW?
You don’t have to hold onto things in case
you might need them later. If you don’t need them now, chances are you can do without them later as well.
– Would I repurchase this if it broke?
This is a great way to establish whether you actually need something, or if you just think you do.
– If the item is more valuable than the space it takes up?
Items take up space and require maintenance. Are they worth that? Or would the extra space you created by getting rid of the item be more valuable?
– Does this item serve the purpose of the room?
If you have a room designed as a home office, but there are three big piles of books and magazines, do they help you with working in this office?
Create a method for Discarding
Another way that helps declutter your home is creating discarding method. I find it very helpful to decide immediately what to do with the items I’m getting rid of. Instead of making one big pile of things that have to go, create a system to start sorting things into categories right away. This will help you get rid of them quickly and not keep bags and boxes of stuff lying around.
Sort them in the following categories; give away, sell, donate, recycle/toss. This also helps with any feelings of guilt you might experience because you know you went about this mindfully and you didn’t just throw things in the trash. This is the key to creating space and keeping your home organized. Make sure they serve the purpose of the room that they are in. Try to keep them close to where you use the most.
Save Sentimental Items for last
Decluttering is a skill and like with all skills, practice makes better. If you start with these items, there’s a real chance that you will get stuck. But if you save them for last, you will have already practised a lot, and you will know what to do with them.
If you’ve never decluttered before, taking action to declutter your home will be time-consuming. It’s best if you set a realistic expectation as to how much time it will take for you to finish so you won’t get discouraged. If you want, you can even draft a plan and schedule a certain amount of time weekly or daily to help you stick to it. If you have a realistic expectation, you won’t be disappointed, and you can keep going as long as it takes for you to create your dream home.
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