As daunting as the word decluttering can be, the benefits one can get once they’ve been able to accomplish doing it in their lives is ineffable. Let’s not make this article full of flowery words and simply dive in to the tips you’ve came here for. It’s all about decluttering anyways😉.
1. Give yourself 5 minutes at a time. Decluttering isn’t as easy as you think it is. Saying goodbye to things important to you previously or at present can make you feel emotional at some point. Slowly build momentum with just five minutes a day.
2. Do it one at a time. One item a day is a great initiative. You won’t even realise you’ve given 365 items by year end. It is important to do this slowly but surely. You can slowly increase to 2 items per day if it gets too easy. You can increase the number as you please along the way.
3. Donate clothes. You might not notice but your once favorite shirt have gone forgotten at the bottom of your cabinet. Give a chance for items like this to be of value for the others by donating them. Discard the clothes you never touched after a few months. Put on a trash bag/ box to donate. Here in Singapore, we have Salvation Army. Try finding out where you can donate in your place.
4. Create a checklist. It would be lot easier to declutter when you have clearer vision of where your efforts are direction is going to. You can use our decluttering checklist.
5. Take part of the 12-12-12 challenge. This challenge means locating 12 items to throw away, 12 to donate, and 12 to be returned to their proper home. This is a big step forward from the Tip#2 where you only do 1 item per day. But it’s a challenge, so are you in?
6. Pretend you’ll have your in-laws coming. Doesn’t your home suddenly transform whenever that happens? It’s like you’re suddenly in robot mode trying to clean up your mess before this important person visits. With the Covid still luring around though, don’t expect we won’t be expecting those visits soon but why not just play with your mind and do it for yourself? If there’s anyone you should impress with an organised home, that should be you who lives there, isn’t it?
7. Use social media. You won’t need to deny how much time you spend on social media than you need to and that’s okay. But why not use it for the good so you get some benefit from doing it too, right? Post some before and after photos of an area you’ve been decluttering. It may seemed boastful, but never mind the people around you. Use it as a motivation to see for yourself how you’ve been progressing, you won’t know, maybe you could inspire others to do so too!
8. Get your household involved. Most of us live in a home with someone, mostly are family members. It only makes sense that everyone helps in this process. You won’t want to be liable of dumping stuff that may not seem important to you but to others, it is.
9. Create a system. You can use one system which with a help with four boxes makes your decluttering much more easier to manage. You’ll need to label them: trash, give away, keep, or re-locate. How? You’ll start with one room, make sure to be able to place each item in the room into one of the following boxes. Make sure not to skip any of it no matter how unimportant it seems. This may the most tedious work of all decluttering tips but know that it’s totally worth it.
10. Enjoy the process. There’s nothing more rewarding than being happy everyday doing the things that you love. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way, the only way we can eliminate feeling low is by changing our mindset and thinking of a way to see things differently. By always trying to see the good things in everything, you’ll be able to enjoy your life much more, and that includes giving away or selling stuff that you once loved.
I hope you enjoy and slowly apply these useful tips in your life.