Do you want practical, actionable tips for decluttering that you can put to use, right away? Decluttering items on a regular basis from your home and office is a good idea.
Not only does decluttering free up physical space, but it also helps to free up mental space associated with excess materials, items, and just plain…stuff. In this post, I offer ten decluttering tips to help you remove items that you no longer need, want, or use, in your life.
You can apply these tips to declutter a whole range of physical items. Like many things in life, you not only need to make a plan, but you do need to take targeted action!
Setup a clutter collection area.
You’ll want to make it oh-so easy for you to remove decluttered items from your home or workspace. The easiest way to do this is to set up a simple, makeshift clutter collection area, consisting of a garbage bin and a recycling bin.
Additionally, if you’re dealing with sensitive or private materials, you may want to have a separate bin for these items. That way, you have a secure place to store items until they are shredded or destroyed at a later date.
Lastly, once you’ve rounded up clutter and contained it, make sure to bring it outside to the garbage can or place it in a refuse room for pickup. It’s less stuff in your home or office, right away!
Stand while decluttering.
This may seem like a silly tip, but it’s actually a good one because it prevents you from becoming a bit too comfortable as you work. Not only can you better focus on what you’re doing, but you can also physically move things around with ease.
So, ditch that chair for your next decluttering session. You can put on your favorite pair of shoes, or slippers, or go barefoot.
Prefer to sit while you work? Try sitting up straight in your chair while you declutter items.
Begin by pulling out your favorites.
This decluttering method works rather well because you’re immediately identifying items you definitely want to keep. You’ve made it completely clear about those items you absolutely love, and those items you don’t particularly like. In fact, this step can make your decluttering decision-making a whole lot easier.
You can try this tip with the clothes in your wardrobe, your shoe collection, books, makeup, bags, bath products, ties, and anything else that constitutes a large collection in your home or office. Once you’ve selected your favorites, it’s time to deal with the rest of the items.
How do you feel about the items? Are they supporting your life right now? Or are they hindering your ability to grow? You may decide to eliminate a good amount of items, keep a few hand-picked items, or you may decide to chuck the whole lot. It’s completely up to you.
Nix those distractions.
Dealing with clutter is difficult enough. Why confuse your mind and body with any distractions found in your immediate environment? Eliminate or remove distractions so you can keep your focus on your decluttering session.
Switch off the TV, radio, temporarily set your cellphone or tablet to airplane mode, switch off wi-fi on your laptop or desktop computer, put the dog or cat in another room of the house, wait until the kids are tucked into bed, or declutter when other family members are out of the house.
Do everything you can in your power to make your decluttering session a distraction-free success.
Keep decluttering manageable.
There’s no rule that says you have to spend ten hours straight decluttering your home or office. That’s way too unmanageable! Keep things as simple as possible.
Simply set a timer for 15 minutes and declutter items. When the timer goes, off, you can stop what you’re doing. You can modify this technique to any timeframe you desire: 5, 10, 15, or 30 minutes, and continue to do this on a daily or weekly basis, as needed.
And what if you’re really pressed for time? You can choose a specific group of items that needs to be decluttered, and work on removing one item away at the beginning of every day. Then, stick to the program for 30 days.
By the end of the 30 days, you could have removed 30 pairs of shoes from your closet, 30 books or magazines you no longer read, or 30 kitchen tools from your kitchen.
Just imagine having all that wonderful free space in y