The idea of living a more simplified and clutter-free life can sound like a dream for many. Less stuff clogging up the home and a simpler life does sound good. And let’s face it, there are plenty of benefits to owning less. There is less to sort and clean, you aren’t spending your money on things for the home, and you can use your time and energy doing the things that you enjoy. But where do you start when it comes to decluttering? Here are some creative ways to help get you started.
An Item a Day
If you chose to give away, sell, (or throw away), and item a day, then by the end of the year, that is 365 things that your house is no longer filled with. This can be an easy way to introduce decluttering, especially if you’re not sure where to start. If you wanted to make things declutter quicker, then it could be one item per person, per day.
Consider Using Storage
If you’re not quite ready to throw away items of furniture or boxes and boxes of the children’s items, then it could be a good idea to look into using a storage unit. Out of sight and out of mind, and it will leave your home feel much less cluttered. If you wanted to click here, you’d see that storage solutions can be pretty inexpensive. So if you are lacking space but have some things that can’t quite be thrown away just yet, then storage could be for you.
Fill One Bin Bag
If you’ve got a spare half an hour, then a quick and fun technique to clear away some items can be to grab a bin bag and fill it. When it is full, you can stop, but it means that a whole bin bag full of stuff will get thrown out. It could be from the kitchen, the toy box, or your sock drawer; it is all good. And if you do this at least once a month, then you’ll be on your way to decluttering.
Go Through Your Clothing
One way to declutter is going through your wardrobe and thinking about what you haven’t worn for months (even years), and if you’re unlikely to wear again, then throw it out (or sell it on or give to charity). Oprah has a cool technique where she puts everything in her wardrobe facing the same way on the hanger. Then after it has been worn, it faces the other way, with the hanger the other way. After a few months you’ll have a really easy way to tell what you do or don’t wear often, as they will still be facing the original way around.
No matter what strategy you choose to declutter, there can be a lot of freedom that comes with it. Taking the first step, and having a little excitement behind it, can be just what you need to get you to keep going and lead to a clutter-free life and home.