I don’t know about you, but my house needs some serious Spring cleaning and decluttering. Whether it’s a drawer so jam-packed that I can barely get it open or a closet that I can’t find anything in, everywhere I turn, there’s something looking back at me!
I’ve always been known as a neat, clean, tidy sort of person, kind of like Courtney Cox’s character, Monica on ‘Friends’. For those serious ‘Friends’ fans, like myself, you might remember the episode where her secret was revealed. Monica’s locked closet was pryed open by Chandler, who was curious to see what was inside. Once opened, he was shocked to learn that Monica wasn’t the neat-freak we all had thought she was, she too had clutter and it was hidden behind that door.
If you’re in the same boat as Monica and myself, here are 5 easy ways to start decluttering your life today…
- One drawer, closet or room at a time. The most difficult thing about decluttering is feeling overwhelmed. This feeling causes most people to do nothing and just walk away. Instead, make the decision to keep your goals achievable and only tackle 1 drawer, closet or room at a time. Maybe Monday will be a kitchen drawer?
- 3 piles; donate, keep or throw away. Attack each cluttered area with a plan. 3 trash bags, boxes or even just piles on the floor with the intension of donating it, keeping it or throwing it away. When it comes to your closet, the rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it in a year, give it away and when you buy something new, let something go. I always feel better about donating my cute clothes that I no longer wear because I imagine someone else enjoying them. Plus, there’s the added bonus of a tax deduction; you can’t lose!
- Less is more. Whether it be in a magazine, on the internet or even your friend’s dinner party, think about homes that you love and design aspects that look beautiful. What do all of these things have in common? Less is always more when it comes to decor, color stories and the layout of a room. With that being said, aim for less in your home.
- Give yourself a break. Decluttering can be exhausting, not only from the physical aspect of it but also the mental. The thought process and emotional connections we have with stuff that we don’t want to part with can really take a toll. If this happens to you, give yourself a break. Go for a 15-minute walk around the block or practice a little yoga; do something that will uplift your mood and then get back to it, you’ll be glad that you did.
- Let go of electronics. With laptops, televisions and cell phones (which are now more like mini-computers) we are almost always attached to an electronic. From endless emails and scrolling through your Facebook timeline, this is another form of clutter in our lives. Disconnecting from all of this will not only clear space in your mind, it will open up more time in your day to get outside, breath in the fresh air and think about positive things in life. Letting go of electronics at least an hour before bed will also help you sleep better.
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