It’s officially 2019, which means it is time for a new perspective and a fresh start. So, how do you go about it? Start decluttering.
We’ve recently been reading Marie Kondo’s ‘Spark Joy’, in which she outlines how you can simplify your life by strategically decluttering and organizing your possessions. You essentially start by removing any possessions that no longer spark joy in your life.
Since reading and putting it into practise ourselves, we thought we’d share 5 simple ways you can declutter your home:
- Pull everything out of a drawer
It sounds overwhelming at first, but you’ll feel much better once it’s done. Take a drawer out and empty the contents out onto a clear table. Split the contents up into three piles – 1) Things that should remain in the drawer 2) Things that should be placed elsewhere and 3) Things to get rid of. Once you’ve completed this task, you’re already more than halfway organized.
- Schedule a decluttering day/weekend Stop putting it off, remain committed – you could even add it to your calendar. If the thought of decluttering all by yourself throws you off, why not ask a friend to help. Sometimes it’s easier to be impartial about someone’s belongings. Plus, the more hands pitching in, the easier the workload becomes and the closer you are to overall progress.
Now that you’ve scaled back some of your possessions, don’t just leave a pile of unwanted and unnecessary items in a corner of the room, pay it forward. Bag or box it all up, label them and then drop your belongings off to your local or favourite charity shop. Not only is it a good deed, but it is also a win-win situation.
- Less is more
Always leave some room to grow and add more. Think about it like this, if you fill a drawer to the brim or fill a bookshelf right up to the edge of the shelf, then there isn’t any more space to add more books. The goal is to always have additional space for new items as and when it’s needed.
- Only keep what you love
Your home is not a museum, try not to feel obliged to keeping unwanted homeware items handed down to you from family and friends – that’s how clutter begins. Donate things or sell them online. Remember: “Once you learn to choose your belongings properly, you’ll be left with only the amount that fits perfectly in the space you own” – Marie Kondo.
Are you ready to enter the New Year clutter-free? Which room you’ll be cleaning up first?
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