Decluttering can seem like a very aggravating process, but doing it little by little isn’t so bad as long as you keep at it. The more you have, the quicker things become messy. Keeping your space clutter free will ease your mind of stress and the occasional or not-so-occasional feeling of claustrophobia. Nobody wants to be in a space filled with meaningless stuff taking up nearly every inch of the room. While cleaning, consider these things:
- Does it add value to your life? Assess your belongings, does it bring you happiness? Do you use it on the regular? Do you have space for it? Is is helpful in any way, shape, or form? If the answer is no to any of these, consider giving them away. It is important to only hold on to “clutter” if it brings value to your life.
- Do a “Giveaway Day” every week. Look around your space, whether that be a living room, kitchen, or bedroom, decide what needs to go. Recycle those old envelopes that have been piling up for the last few weeks. Give away those shirts that have been collecting dust in your closet.
- Try to avoid impulse purchases. It is incredibly tempting to buy something just because you like the look of it or because it was on sale. Often, these impulse purchases can lead to an ever growing pile of unused items that don’t have a purpose.
- Don’t focus so much on organizing all the stuff you have. Instead, focus on getting rid of the unavailing items and only keeping the basics. People tend to say they don’t have space for all their things, rather than only keeping the essentials in order to make it fit and have space for possible future purchases. This is mostly important for people living in a small space, however, clutter can even make a large space seem small.
Just because you have managed to put everything in its place, doesn’t mean you have solved the clutter problem for good. After you declutter, you need to create clutter-free habits. Make it a habit to out things where they belong, see a dirty plate? Put it in the dishwasher. Is there a book sitting on the kitchen counter, put it in the bookshelf. Don’t wear an item of clothing or use a decor piece anymore? Donate. Creating these habits can be hard at first but it will begin to feel effortless after a while.
Words & Photography by Kelly Green.
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