New Year, new life. Each year we have plenty of resolutions, from joining and (really) going to the gym, to find a new job, improve our lives and so on. Our resolution to you for this 2017 is to declutter your home. We will give you some pieces of advice and tips to help you get rid of the junk at your home.
It is the beginning of a new year, new adventures are going to take place and new items are going to enter your life to find a place in your house. We are masters on acquiring new things, however, it tends to be harder to get rid of those items we don’t need anymore. In order to make room for what’s to come, we have to throw away what we don’t need. Follow our recommendations to declutter, once you are done, you will not regret it:
This 3-boxes way is very straightforward and it will totally get you to the final goal of decluttering your house. As simple as it sounds: on the Keep box, you will put what you really need, on the Relocate box, things that you need but that are in the wrong place and finally on the Throw Away box, everything you will toss out/donate/sell.
Up here, easy task, we have our 3 boxes, now the difficult part of being strong enough starts: what do I throw away? We can all toss out junk at home, some of us more than others. Here are some tricks and questions you could ask yourself to find out what you have to keep and what you don’t.
Does it make you happy? We tend to amass stuff because it has some meaning, a back story but, is it a happy or a sad one? If it makes you sad, angry, toss it out, no question asked. You don’t need the memories of a bad period or a person. Just throw it away, you will feel relieved immediately.
Do you love it? You probably loved it when you bought it, what about right now? If you don’t, just put it on the throwaway box. It is normal that your taste or opinion about that item has changed. Make room for those things you love at the moment!
Do you use it? This is a great indicator (especially for clothes). If you normally use it, keep it or put it back where it belongs, HOWEVER, if it’s been a while and you haven’t used it, it is time to say goodbye. No second thoughts (would I use it again? I am sure I will…), if you didn’t use it before, it is very likely that you won’t use it later, so stop procrastinating and throw it now.
“Out of sight, out of mind”. This is what we all tend to think and do when we don’t want to deal with stuff, we just hide it inside a box, inside the closet on the most unreachable upper shelf. Take that box out right now, open it and decide (I can probably decide for you, just throw it)
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Get over the money. Sometimes we don’t want to throw things away because we paid a lot for them, therefore we feel that we should keep them a little bit longer, just in case one day you will miraculously start using them. If you find yourself in this scenario, the best you can do is to throw it away, give it to charity or sell it online.
Does it fit? If your beloved pair of trousers from 5 summers ago doesn’t fit you anymore, it would be a waste of space to drag it around season after season. Throw it, donate it or, if it is a very important article for you (let’s say your wedding dress), store it and make room for newer clothes – but don’t store everything, only the invaluable items.
Wait for the next day. Once you have classified everything on the 3 box, you could either toss them immediately (we do recommend this option to avoid second thoughts), or sleep it off and wait until the next morning to get rid of the box. By waiting a few hours before proceeding, you will realize whether you can or cannot live with a specific item.
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Take your time to declutter your home, there are many ways to do it (throw away 1 thing per day, spend 5 min per day…) but we recommend you to declutter room by room. It will be easier, you will do it in a well-organized way and you won’t skip anything.
Once you are done, some of the benefits you will encounter and feel are:
Better and deeper sleep. A new study suggests that people at risk of hoarding disorder may have serious complaints about sleep.
You will concentrate more. Although some people believe in a messy desk to better work, most of us will reach higher concentration when working on a clear space without piles of papers hanging around.
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You will feel less stressed out. UCLA’s CELF researchers found out that there is a link between high cortisol (stress hormone) levels in females and cluttered homes. The more stuff, the more stress women feel.
Let go of the past: you are doing yourself a favor (emotionally) as getting rid of some items will totally relieve you from bad memories which can drag you down, without even realizing it. Surround yourself with positivity. Keep only those items that remind you of the good times and toss out the bad ones! You will be happier and more comfortable around your house.
The best way to remember is to hold on to your memories without the stuff. You don’t need to keep every single paper your kid wrote when he was 4, just hold tight to those good memories and make room in your home!
And now tell us, how well did you do? Did our tips help you to free some space?