New year, new mindset. Be inspired to declutter your home with words of wisdom from the pros.
1. There is no better time to start than now. "If you do not start now, you will probably never get to it. You must jump in and get started without hesitation to get rid of all the stuff that is overwhelming you," advises Sally Munroe in Decluttering Secrets: Tips And Tricks To Becoming Organized.
If you keep postponing clearing your stuff and dilly-dallying on whether to trash it or not, chances are, you'll end up not doing it at all. Just start now.
The KonMari method suggests asking yourself if a certain object brings you joy. If it does, then keep it. If it doesn't, then throw it away.
2. Ask yourself: Does it bring you joy? Saying goodbye to stuff you've collected through the years is extremely difficult for some. Try the KonMari method from Marie Kondo of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing: Ask yourself whether something sparks joy or not.
"The best criterion for choosing what to keep and what to discard is whether keeping it will make you happy, whether it will bring you joy," says Kondo. If it does, then it has a place in your home. If it doesn't, you know what to do.
3. Start with a small area. Tidying up clutter can be very overwhelming. To avoid this, "start with a manageable spot, such as your table. Then go from there," explains Celestine Chua in Live a Better Life in 30 Days: 30 Tasks, 30 Days to Live a Better Life.
Cleaning out stuff can be overwhelming, so start with a manageable spot.
4. Allot a specific time and duration. Donna Smallin, author of Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life, suggests to "pick a specific task and set a time for 15 minutes. Work uninterrupted until the timer goes off." After the allotted 15 minutes, you can either rest for a while or proceed to another task.
5. Be merciless. There should be no drama while decluttering. Leo Babauta in Zen Habits Handbook for Life says, "if you haven't used it in the last year, get rid of it. It's as simple as that."
Throw away stuff you don't use and will no longer use—the "I might use it in the future" excuse should no longer be tolerated. For papers such as magazines, catalogs, brochures, and notes, toss them away as long as they are not important documents.
Be merciless when deciding to throw away stuff. "If you haven't used it in the last year, get rid of it. It's as simple as that," advises Babauta.
6. Try the SLICE method. Sometimes, decluttering is not just about the physical possessions. Melva Green and Lauren Rosenfeld, authors of Decluttering Your Home, devised the SLICE method, which stands for Stop and Listen, Intend, and Clear the Energy.
"Slow down and look at your clutter mindfully," they say. Decluttering should be a holistic approach so that you can free your home (and your life!) from the unnecessary things.
7. Make sure you have enough energy to tackle the task. "Have a good night of sleep before you get started the next day so that you get started with a high energy level," notes Helena Clarins in Organized Mind & Organized Home: Minimalism Organization Hacks.
Decluttering definitely needs focus and determination so make sure you get a good snooze.
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8. Simplify, simplify. The Chinese were right when they said a cluttered house is a cluttered mind. Katina Z. Jones, author of The Everything Feng Shui De-Cluttering Book: Simplify Your Environment and Your Life, reminds us to seek a simple life because after all, we only need a few things to live a good one.
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