Decluttering is a great way to create physical space around us and it’s also a way to create headspace and maintain our sanity.
However, decluttering can feel pretty daunting at times. Especially when you’re busy, or there is a gigantic pile of stuff that needs to be organized. But there are little things you can do regularly to make decluttering a breeze. These tips will help you keep your place clean at all times, and lessen the stress that comes with decluttering. And if done frequently, it will pretty much minimize the need to declutter at all.
These tips have saved me a ton of time and effort and I hope you find them useful as well. If you’re interested in finding out what these tips are, keep scrolling to read more:
Make this a habit
Turn decluttering into a habit. That way decluttering doesn’t turn into this huge, daunting task that you do every once in a while. There are easy ways to declutter without having to book an entire day off to do so. You can make it weekly, biweekly, monthly depending on the areas, you want to organize. Taking on the clutter little by little, often, can also make your place look much cleaner and organized.
Think twice before buying something
Before you buy anything, ask yourself: do I really need this? How much use will I get out of this item?
And be realistic with your answers. See if you have something similar at home already. Consider whether the item you want is seasonal or not. Check the quality of the product and determine whether it’s durable and worth the buy.
Being mindful of your spending can go a long way. They can curb any impulse buys, which if not stopped, might just end up in your clutter pile.
Always try to put things back where they belong immediately
One of the reasons why clutters can form is when things are not where they should be. When you’re done using something, try to put it back where it belongs as soon as possible. When things are out and sitting idly where they don’t belong, it’s easy for other items to get piled on to create - you guessed it - more clutter. Think of a coffee table with a bunch of used cups on it, or a chair in a bedroom that somehow became a clothes pile.
One easy tip I learned was to always pick up something to put away when you leave the room. For instance, when I’m leaving the living room and I see a used cup lying around, I can pick it up and drop it off at the kitchen sink as I leave. Simple. Little steps like that can add up and make cleaning that much easier later on.
The 6 month rule
if you can’t decide whether or not you should throw something away, use the 6 month rule. Ask yourself when the last time you used the item was. If it is longer than 6 months (or you can’t even remember!) then it’s time to throw it away. For seasonal items (ex. Christmas related items), I usually expand the rule to 2 years. The same rule applies and my place becomes clutter-free!