Decluttering can feel like a drag sometimes but the changes are immense. You’ll start to feel your world is cleaner and clearer almost instantly. Most people who are wanting to start to simplify start here and It’s usually the first thing to lighten our loads on the path to zen. All together now ‘Ommm’.
WHERE TO START?
Depending on your disposition you’ll need a method that suits you. I’ve hand picked 4 of the best – see which one is the best fit for you.
FAST AND FURIOUS METHODS
I like this plan and it’s the one I stick to – although I have done a version of all of them. Start on one room, get 4 boxes – Store it, Keep it, Donate it, and Bin it. The free workbook has all the material and information you’ll need to do four boxes including signs and checklists.
Rather than decluttering by room you declutter by type. You can use the App or get our free workbook (including KonMari guide and checklist – above). Konmari starts with clothes and moves on from there. The idea is that the first layer is the easiest and then you move on to harder items with more sentimentality attach. KonMari is keen on finding a home for each item and storing it correctly. You may also be familiar with her folding technique.
She is a picture of demure simplicity but don’t let that put you off. If you’re a normal person who rams their t-shirts into their chest of drawers this can totally work for you too. It’s actually a really good way of storing your stuff. Especially useful for kids clothing.
SLOW AND STEADY METHODS
The Minimalism Game is really good fun and turns this boring task into an exciting game of who can declutter the most.. Compete with your friends (you need at least one – but I can be one, find me on Instagram). The game starts again every 1st of the month. The idea is that you declutter one item for the first day, two items for the second day and so on. You follow each other’s progress on instagram and share with others to really get your competitive juices flowing
365 less things
Same principle but you stick to one thing a day. Over a year you’ve decluttered 365 things. Follow the Facebook page for each days’ ‘mini mission’, so you don’t get left behind.
SELLING STUFF/GIFTING TO CHARITY – A CAUTIONARY TALE
There’s a scene in The Gilmore Girls when Lorelai has to clean out her garage so that Lane can use it for Band Practice it goes a bit like this.
RORY: Those are the boxes from our attic that you were supposed to give away two years ago.
RORY: I spent three days boxing all the stuff in the attic and you were going to call a charity and get someone to pick ‘em up.
LORELAI: I made an appointment, the guy didn’t show.
RORY: He didn’t?
LORELAI: No, I don’t think.
We’ve all got those ‘spaces’ we fill with junk. The sort of halfway house for clutter. Under the stairs/lofts/sheds/garages. Just get it collected. Same school of thought for selling. You maybe still be attached to something if you want to get some money for it (or it was really darn expensive). Either way, anything that’s still in your home is still clutter in your home – whether it’s in a box marked ‘donate’ or not.
SURELY, I HAVEN’T GOT THAT MUCH STUFF?
With an average 300,000 items in the average American home (LA Times). I can’t find anything for the UK but am sure we are up there too! The first layer is going to be pretty easy to crack, especially if this is your first time. The second layer is likely to be harder and often includes:
- SENTIMENTAL ITEMS
- STUFF YOU SPENT MONEY ON
- OTHER PEOPLE’S STUFF
More on how to tackle these difficult items next week in this series. Sign up for a free workbook + updates below.
Would love to hear from you about how you deal with your clutter and what a difference decluttering makes to your life? Leave a comment below if you fancy it.