Moving houses is a tedious task, I recently moved houses and realized that there is a lot of stuff which I don’t use and yet don’t want to throw away. This takes a lot of space in the house and requires this urge to declutter which then becomes a task. So, today’s post is to help you declutter your house (I thought could share some of my experiences, specially with the Diwali season coming along ;)). I am no Marie Kondo :D, just sharing some simple 4 rule tips to help you declutter, everything else basically revolves around these.
- Commit to routine
Probably, the most important part of decluttering – YOU HAVE TO STICK TO THE ROUTINE!! If you don’t want to spend hours decluttering, decide upon a time limit – maybe 15mins a day but it is very important to do that everyday. Otherwise, it will always be stuck in your to-do list which would happen God knows when.
So, this is one point which needs to be reminded of everyday and to be followed religiously to help you decluttering.
- Sort out your belongings
Second important step in decluttering is to maintain a sort system. Though there are so many ways to sort your belongings, I prefer the three-box method. You maintain three separate boxes – keep, trash, donate. Every time you decide to declutter even a small corner, just decide the category of your things and put it in the boxes. Don’t leave a single thing, no matter how insignificant it is. You can always decide later on as to what to do with the items in the trash – maybe put on a sale, recycle or whatever you like (just don’t put it back ;)).
- Let go of thingsOne very important and hardest part of decluttering is to let go of things. If you haven’t used it in last 6 months to 1 year, you probably will never use it again or even if you do want to use, you might not find it next time you have to put it to use.So, however hard it maybe, just let go of things you don’t use, specially the clothes which you never wear, those heels lying down in your shoe rack – too pretty but too uncomfortable to be worn or maybe the toys your kids don’t play with anymore. This one surely don’t apply to collections of things you love like the books, records etc.
- Routine again
Coming back to where we started, it’s very important to stick to the routine otherwise the effort is all wasted. You can set a goal by selecting a single area each time and then moving to the other one. It is difficult (and boring) but once you do it, you realize how many things are better put to use now then before plus you have so much additional space.
“Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions” – Unknown