Decluttering and minimalism are in. A Google search on “decluttering your life” generated 1.16 million results in just a sixteenth of a second. Everyone from professional declutterers to Zen masters has something to say about it. Simply said, though, it boils down to this: Declutter, feel good, achieve more.
Following are some tips to help you declutter:
- Many experts recommend you start small. A post at www.zenhabits.net recommends spending five minutes a day on decluttering. Before you know it, that junk drawer or hall closet will be a thing of beauty.
- As you’re going through that junk drawer or closet, ask yourself if you’ve used items in the past six months. If not, get rid of them.
- Delegate a box for the undecided – items you might want in the future. If you don’t open the box in three months, get rid of the contents.
- Spacer recommends keeping your kitchen countertops clean and clear. It’s easy for daily mail, school papers and other items to pile up on the counters – and soon you are out of counter space to prepare food. Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, keeping it organized will help keep you motivated to maintain organization throughout the house. Visit Spacer for more great decluttering tips!
- Everyone has things that don’t live anywhere. Consider the often-lost TV converter or recharger for your electronics. Make it a mission to find these things.
- How many knickknacks do you really need? Pick your favorites and take memory pictures of the rest. Then pass them on to charitable organizations.
- Buried under papers? One suggestion: Every paper that comes in the door lands in a single place. Sort through the pile every two days and discard or file every piece.
Last but not least, learn to love the decluttered look. You’ll stay decluttered for life.
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