If you have a lot of stuff that’s accumulated over a long period of time, it can be tough to know where to start. Here are some tips to get the ball rolling. These simple strategies apply to anyone, no matter where you live or how much clutter you have to clear.
Start Small, Stay Accountable
Much like weight or any other substantial goal, it’s important to rack up some early wins to boost your confidence and inspire you to keep going. Choose a room that’s not too overwhelming to begin your decluttering journey.
Take pictures to document your progress and share them with friends and family to hold yourself accountable. Then, share the final result for the motivation to move onto more challenging rooms and areas of your home.
Put Utility First
The easiest things to get rid of are items that are neither useful nor sentimental. Things that are both useful and sentimental are definite keepers. For things in between, use utility as your main criteria, rather than sentimental value.
It might sound cold and callous, but think of it this way — you’ll already have everything that is both useful and sentimental. Consider whether the item really has emotional value, or whether you can do without it. Remember that you can always take pictures to preserve the memory without hanging onto the physical item.
Change Clutter-Causing Habits
Once you’ve made progress on clearing clutter from your home, you can focus on changing the behaviors that lead to the clutter in the first place. Ask yourself why you hold onto things and make a conscious effort to do something different next time you find yourself in that situation.
Moving forward, ask tough questions about each new item you buy or otherwise acquire. Don’t bring anything into your home until you are confident about what purpose it will serve and value you will derive from it.