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.
- 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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