Spring is nearly upon us, so it’s time to start thinking about clearing out all the things you no longer need. To recognise National Old Stuff Day on March 2nd, we list the key principles we believe should be followed when it comes to decluttering.
Put a plan together
Before you start, research if there’s anything you can sell, recycle, donate or simply give away, instead of simply disposing of everything. Preparing a plan ahead of time means you’re more likely to follow through and complete the decluttering process.
Stop bringing in more than you’re letting go
Decluttering your home becomes even harder if you’re constantly adding new things whilst trying to clear out all the old stuff. Start buying less to simplify the process and to free you from the pressure of replacing everything right away.
Declutter just one object each day
There isn’t any need to turn your home inside out to get it all done within a day. You’ll be surprised how effective it can be to just dispose of one item each day. It not only levitates the pressure, but also makes it much more manageable.
Start off on easy mode
Resist the urge of disposing the hardest things first; otherwise you’ll instantly be put off from completing the task. Start with the easy objects first so your will to finish strengthens as you progress – you wouldn’t want to not finish a task that’s only half finished!
Learn to let go
Don’t fall under the impression that you need certain things; ‘need’ in itself is a very strong word, so be realistic about what your real needs are. A lot of items we have in our homes are deemed somewhat useful, but do they all contribute to your happiness and/or general functionality of your home? Ensure you know the difference and go from there.
Decluttering may seem like a daunting task at first, but when approached strategically the pressure lessens and everything becomes much more simplified. Will you be following any of the above tips this spring? Let us know on Twitter @haart_uk!