How to declutter your life


Do you have a problem with clutter? Would you like some tips for how to declutter your life?

Clutter is perhaps the greatest curse of modern living. You keep buying and acquiring possessions but rarely do you have a good clear out, right?

It’s not easy of course. We all build up an emotional attachment to our possessions. However gradually your possessions are taking over your space and your life, right? And your world keeps getting smaller, doesn’t it?

Clutter just adds stress to your life and managing all your possessions can be a struggle. It’s a problem of course but what’s the answer? The answer is to develop the habit of ruthless decluttering. Do this and your life will be a lot easier. Keep your life as simple as possible and you’ll find it a whole lot less stressful.

Here are 8 tips for eliminating clutter in your life:-

  1. Personal inventory management:

We all have possessions and most of us have far more than we need. So the active management of your possessions is a continuous process.

Have a regular review of your possessions and be ruthless about getting rid of things you don’t need anymore.

It’s hard to get rid of everything all at once of course, so just do a little decluttering regularly and as often as you can.

  1. The one year rule:

If an item hasn’t been used for a year then you probably don’t need it at all. And if you don’t need it, get rid of it.

Perhaps you could sell it on eBay or in a garage or boot sale. Alternatively give it to a charity shop. However don’t make the desire to sell it the reason why you hold on to an item.

If you can’t get rid of it quickly, get rid of it anyway. The point is to minimize the clutter in your life and allow someone else to make use of an item if you no longer can. 

  1. Buy only what you need:

It is so easy to buy anything now that all too often we buy things without giving serious thought to whether we will use them or not.

For instance, we are browsing online and we see something that looks like an amazing bargain. So out comes our flexible friend and we purchase the item. The item arrives a day or two later and it goes into our wardrobe, a drawer or wherever and it’s then largely forgotten.

The instant gratification we got from making the purchase has largely subsided by the time the item arrives.  We mean to use it of course but all too often it never gets used. And when that happens it wasn’t a bargain at all it was simply a waste of money.

So before you buy anything ask yourself a few questions. Do I really need it? Will I really use it? Can I really afford it? If I didn’t have it, would it really matter? Unless you can be sure it fulfils a genuine need then it’s better not to buy. 

  1. Never impulse buy:

All too often impulse buys are a mistake. So it’s better not to browse online stores or do any window shopping in real stores.

Decide exactly what you need to buy in advance and then only go shopping for specific items. Stick to buying only what you have actually planned to buy because it fulfils a genuine need in your life. 

  1. The ‘one in, one out’ rule:

For clothing especially, rather than have your wardrobe bursting at the seams, each time you purchase a new clothing item it’s a good idea to see if there’s an old one you can throw out, sell or give to charity.

Nowadays you don’t have to throw things away literally. If it’s not too old and still in fair condition then you might be able to sell it on eBay or a Boot sale.

Alternatively perhaps you could give it to a charity shop.

Whatever your chosen approach to the disposal of items, you have to be ruthless to avoid holding on to clothing you’ll never wear again. 

  1. Don’t form an emotional bond with your possessions:

If you throw out an item you no longer use the world will not end. You’re not tied to your possessions and you’ll not experience physical pain should you get rid of them.

Individual items that you possess are simply a small and unimportant part of you. They don’t define you and they don’t control you.

They were there only to serve a purpose and if circumstances have changed and they no longer serve that purpose then it’s time they no longer played any part in your life at all.

Parting with possessions is not a bereavement. You’ll get over it quicker than you might imagine. Probably within minutes. 

  1. Enjoy the freedom:

Unburdened by unnecessary possessions you can enjoy a stress free life without all that clutter weighing on your mind.

You’ll be able to find those things you really need much quicker because they’ll no longer be buried beneath all that clutter. 

  1. Enjoy your space clutter-free:

Why live is a space dictated by clutter when you can live in space dictated by you?

You should be the master of your own space. Never be a slave to clutter.

Get the declutter habit and get it now.

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