The year 2020 has not been easy for most people. You’ve certainly been at home a lot, and you may have found that over the last few years (maybe even the last decade) you’ve accumulated a huge amount of stuff at home that you don’t really need. You may feel like your home is clean and tidy, but what about when you open your closet? Do you have only what fits and looks good in there, or everything you’ve bought over the years? Start with a good cleaning and enjoy a simpler and a bit more minimalist home. And it doesn’t just apply to clothes. What do you need to do to do this?
- Ask yourself the right questions
- Do the easy things right away
- Find ways to avoid clutter
- Cut all the corners
What are your goals?
We’ve found that decluttering is as much a mental exercise as it is a physical one. Make the process easier (and your home less cluttered with junk) by asking yourself five questions: Have I used this in the last year? Will I use this in the next year? Would I buy it again today? Is it worth repairing if it’s damaged? Would I keep it if I moved? If you answer “no” to one or more of these questions, you most likely don’t need the item and should get rid of it.
Do you always bring your mail out of the mailbox, put it and your desk, and take another few days or weeks to get to it? Don’t worry, lots of people do it. Whatever small activity that takes you just a few minutes, don’t put it off and do it right away. That way, you won’t have mail piling up at home, clothes on the floor, or dishes in the kitchen. And it’s so easy!
Find out what works for you
You can keep your home, and that includes your cupboards and drawers, in perfect order with small habits you don’t always learn to do after a certain activity. Likewise, you should focus on the spaces where clutter hides and find ways to prevent it from accumulating. For example, if you cancel your catalog subscription, you won’t have as many magazines in your home. In the case of clothes, try to operate on a one in, one out style.