How to declutter your home and improve your wellbeing

How to Declutter Your HomeHow to declutter your home? A common question dealing with a subject most of us struggle to deal with effectively.

Do you have a problem with clutter, dear reader?

Would you like some tips on 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 develop an emotional attachment to our possessions. Certainly, I do.

However, gradually, our possessions are taking over our living space and our lives too, right? And our 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, I promise you.

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

How to declutter:

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 those things you no longer use or 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.

2. 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, at a garage sale, or at a 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. 

3. 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 goes into our wardrobe, a drawer, or wherever, and it’s then largely forgotten.

The instant gratification we get 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 is not a bargain at all; it is simply a waste of money.

So before you buy anything, ask yourself a few questions:

        • Do I need it?
        • Will I use it?
        • Can I afford it?
        • If I didn’t have it, would it matter?

Unless you can be sure it meets a genuine need, then it’s better not to buy at all. 

4. Never impulse buy

All too often, impulse buys are mistakes.

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 planned to buy because it meets a genuine need in your life. 

5. The one-in, one-out rule

For clothing, especially, rather than having 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 at a garage or 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.

8 tips for eliminating the clutter6. 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. Once you get rid of them, they’ll be quickly forgotten.

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. 

7. 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 need much quicker because they’ll no longer be buried beneath all that clutter. 

8. Enjoy your space clutter-free

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