Letting go of clutter can be very hard when we have emotional attachments to the items. But if you want to improve your life and the space in your home, then it’s a necessary task. If you’re finding it difficult then here are our top five tips to get started.
1) Start Small
Letting go of clutter can seem like a never-ending task if you try to do it all in one go. To make it easier on yourself, start small by picking a small area of your home. Once this area is finished, start on the next section. Doing it in this way stops you getting overwhelmed and also helps to keep you motivated when you start seeing the results.
2) Note Down Important Memories
Some of the things we own are full of memories, which mean we develop an emotional attachment to the item. You need to realize that you can keep hold of the memories without holding onto all of the things. Just take photographs of the items you want to remember, and make little notes about them in a ‘clutter journal’ before getting rid of the items themselves.
3) Don’t Keep So Many of the Same Thing
If we have lots of the same thing, this is a clear sign that we need to get rid of some of them. But if it’s something important like artwork from your children, this can be hard. Just choose a few important pieces and take photographs of all the rest to put into your clutter journal. This means you’ll always remember those special drawings, but they won’t clutter up your home left in drawers for years.
4) If You Haven’t Used It For A Year, Are You Really Still Going to Use It?
Sometimes items get shoved in drawers and we completely forget we even had them. If you come across something like this, then think rationally about whether you’ll really need it. This is the time to be firm with yourself – if you haven’t used it for so long then the chances are that you won’t use it – get rid of it!
5) Keep Your Goals In Mind and Feel Good About What You’re Doing
There are always going to be difficult parts of getting rid of clutter – some of your emotional attachments will make you want to give up. But always remember your end goal – to improve your physical surroundings and clear some of that mental clutter, too. On top of this, remember how much good you’ll be doing when you donate old items to charity. You’ll have more space in your home, and you’ll really be doing something good!