Having a mess around your home can be stressful. If you are ready to get rid of a few things, try these fun methods to declutter your home.
The KonMari Method was developed by Marie Kondo, tidying expert and star of the hit Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”. Her method begins with categorizing your belongings and removing the ones you no longer want. For example, if you were working on clothing, then you would grab every clothing item throughout your entire house and pile it up. As you go through every item, you need to ask yourself if the item “sparks joy”. If it does, you can keep it, and vice versa. Ultimately, after you have determined what items to keep, you have to send the other items off with gratitude. Each item has taught you a lesson, even if it is just that you have no use for things like that.
Peter Walsh developed this next method. It is a simple and memorable way to stay on track when performing the decluttering task.
- Finding the Right Time- Deciding on a time that works best for you and your family’s schedule will keep you accountable for your decluttering.
- Anything Not Used in 12 Months- The odds of you potentially using something that has not been touched in the past year is very low. Get rid of it.
- Somebody Else’s Stuff- We have a problem with keeping our own things organized. If it does not belong to you, give it back or get rid of it.
- Trash- Some clutter is not worth saving. Keep a trash can nearby for those things that must go right away.
Another simple method for decluttering one is the 4-container one. All it requires is four boxes, baskets, etc. that have these labels:
- Trash- Anything that is past the point of donating or you simply do not want it, should be thrown out.
- Give away/sell- Just because something no longer serves you, does not mean it will not benefit someone else. You can do a good deed and make some extra cash while decluttering.
- Storage- There are some items that you want to keep but do not use much. These should be kept in storage, so they do not take up important space.
- Put away- A lot of clutter is made up of things that are not in their designated spaces. Making sure that everything is put back in its spot will help your home look more organized.
30-Day Minimalist Game
The final decluttering method is a challenge meant to be done with friends or family. The idea is that you get rid of a number of items that correspond to the day. For example, on the first day you will get rid of one item, on the second day two items, and so on. The challenge is to see who will be able to last the longest. It is a great way for you to declutter, but it can get difficult in the latter days. Feel free to do it for a shorter amount of time if 30 days is too long for you. The idea behind the method is to keep yourself accountable for decluttering while including your family and friends.
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