The idea of living a simple life with less stuff sounds attractive to many. But often, one may begin to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated around the idea of owning less. There are many benefits to owning fewer possessions. Even then, it’s tough to move into action. Have you ever experienced looking for your wedding bands and cannot find them? Learning how to declutter your home and (and as a result, decluttering your life) doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be. And the benefits are numerous.
The Benefits of Decluttering in Your Life
- Less to clean. Cleaning is already enough of a chore, but having to clean around things you have zero emotional attachment to (or worse, actively dislike) makes cleaning the house much more stressful.
- Less to organize. Finding things suddenly become easier. Things don’t just “disappear” anymore. You can actually move around your home and enjoy the space, instead of moving around things that are in the way.
- Less stress. Looking around at the clutter is a nausea-inducing sight once your home becomes cluttered enough. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to look around and see a home you love?
Creative Decluttering Tips
If you’re struggling and need guidance on how to declutter, you’ll need to get creative with your plans. Here are several interesting decluttering tips to get you started on decluttering your home:
- Create a decluttering checklist. It’s a lot easier to declutter when you have a visual representation of where you need to get started. You can use our decluttering checklist.
- Start with 15 minutes at a time. If you’re new to decluttering, you can slowly build momentum with just fifteen minutes a day. Keep clutter from piling up by conducting a 15-minute clean-up each evening before bed.
- Declutter in order. Whether you start at the center of your room and work your way out or focus on one half of the room at a time, having a process—and a plan—can help you stay focused and see your decluttering progress more clearly.
- Donate clothes you never wear. To identify them, simply hang all your clothes with hangers in the reverse direction. After wearing an item, face the hanger in the correct direction. Discard the clothes you never touched after a few months.
Set mini decluttering goals. Don’t try to declutter your home all in one go! You’re likely to become overwhelmed and stop halfway through. Instead, set smaller, practical goals.
These practical clutter-busting methods can keep your home from looking like a mess with minimal amounts of effort—so your home can finally feel like the peaceful, livable space you’ve been dreaming of at last.