How to declutter your home without having a breakdown

How to declutter your home without having a breakdown

Decluttering your living space can bring a sense of calm and organisation to your life. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you effectively declutter your home: remember everything can be slowly slowly. 

  • Set Clear Goals: Determine why you want to declutter and set specific goals for each room or area you plan to tackle. Having a clear purpose will keep you motivated throughout the process.
  • Start Small: Begin with a small area or a single category of items. Starting small will make the task feel more manageable and less overwhelming.
  • Sort Items: Create three piles: Keep, Donate/Sell, and Discard. As you go through your belongings, be honest with yourself about what you truly need and use.
  • Ask Key Questions: When deciding whether to keep an item, ask yourself questions such as:
    • Have I used this in the past year?
    • Does it have sentimental value?
    • Does it fit my current lifestyle?
    • Would I buy it again today if I didn't already have it?
  • Set Time Limits: To avoid getting stuck on individual items, set a time limit for each decluttering session. This will help you stay focused and prevent the process from dragging on.
  • Create Zones: Organise your belongings into categories or zones. For example, gather all clothes, books, or kitchen items in one place before deciding what to keep and what to let go.
  • Utilise the Four-Box Method: Use four boxes or bins labeled Keep, Donate/Sell, Discard, and Relocate. As you declutter, place items into the appropriate box.
  • Declutter Sentimental Items Thoughtfully: Sentimental items can be the most challenging to declutter. Keep only the items that truly hold significant meaning and consider taking photos of others for memory keeping.
  • Don't Forget Hidden Spaces: Remember to declutter closets, drawers, and storage areas. These spaces can easily accumulate clutter over time.
  • Be Mindful of Duplicates: Avoid holding onto duplicates or similar items unless they serve a specific purpose.
  • Implement the "One In, One Out" Rule: For every new item you bring into your home, consider letting go of an existing item to maintain a clutter-free environment.
  • Digitise When Possible: Reduce paper clutter by digitising documents and photos. Use cloud storage or external hard drives to keep digital copies organised.
  • Find Suitable Homes for Items: Ensure that each item you decide to keep has a designated home in your living space. This will help prevent future clutter.
  • Establish Daily Decluttering Habits: Get into the habit of tidying up daily by spending a few minutes decluttering and organising. Small, consistent efforts can prevent clutter from accumulating.
  • Celebrate Progress: Acknowledge your accomplishments as you declutter. Celebrate each space you've successfully organised, and use that as motivation to continue the process in other areas.

Remember that decluttering is an ongoing process. Regularly reassess your belongings and continue to let go of items that no longer serve you. Embrace the idea of living with fewer possessions and surround yourself with things that truly bring joy and value to your life.


Janey x


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