Minimalism has been an absolute trend for quite some time now, yet so many people struggle with getting rid of excess things from their homes and surroundings. The little voices in our heads that tell us “But what if I need this set of 20 piping tips sometime down the line?” simply won’t let us throw away things that – in reality – serve only to collect dust. But don’t worry, there are different methods you can use to get rid of things you don’t need and declutter your living space. Here are a few of them you might find helpful.
1. The upside-down method
This is a method that people commonly use to get rid of things they don’t need in smaller areas like bedrooms, closets and kitchens. It works best if done room by room and this is how it works: pick a room and turn everything inside it upside-down. If you are decluttering your closet, turn your hangers the other way around, or hang and fold your clothes inside-out. During the following week or two, turn everything you use the right side up. After that week is up, everything that is still upside down should no longer be in your room and can be disposed of, or moved to a storage unit. This is a great way to be honest with yourself and see what you actually use. Of course, you can exclude some memorabilia, decorations, books and similar. Doing this once per season will keep your rooms tidy and clear of mess.
2. Get a friend to help you
As already mentioned, we don’t throw the things we no longer use because we fear we might need those things sometime later, or think that we are using them more often than we actually are. The easiest way to get over this hurdle is by asking a neutral person who is not emotionally tied to those items to help you out. Invite a friend or family member over and ask them to go through every single item in your room. You will have to tell them when was the last time you used that item, what you used it for, and how much you think you will be needing it in the future. Then let the other person decide whether or not to throw it away. Make a “maybe” pile if you have to and go over it once again after the first round of throwing things away. Excluding yourself from the process will allow you to let go of things more easily.
3. Gradual declutter or massive overhaul?
There are advantages to both of these methods, so let’s go over them one by one. A gradual declutter is a great thing to incorporate into your lifestyle. Getting used to constantly throwing away things you don’t need anymore is great, and adopting this habit will ensure that your home never gets to a point where you have to throw away a ton of things at once. But, you do have to start somewhere, and the best way to jump-start a clutter-free lifestyle is to organize a big cleaning. I found that the best way to do this is to get everyone in the household to go through it and label everything that they want to keep, and then hire a removal company to take away everything that is not labeled. Recently, we have come up with some new rules about hoarding things and regular declutters, and our home has been a peaceful, neat living space ever since.
4. Benefits of decluttering
The most important thing about decluttering is a mental peace that comes with it. Living in a messy home will always cause a lot more stress than living in a neat space. You will need a lot less time to find anything you are looking for and you will notice that your overall mood has improved significantly. There will be no more massive searches for lost items, tripping over carelessly dropped objects, and any mess that pops up will be easily spotted and cleaned.
We can all afford to live with fewer things and in a clutter-free space, so give it a chance and enjoy the benefits it will bring.
Emma B. Joyce is blogger based in Australia. She is a true home decor and DIY fanatic. Emma is interested in music and also is a big reading enthusiast. Finding new designs and patterns is her daily task. She got hooked on home accessories and decorations during her traveling and now cannot stop searching for new inspiration.