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Downsize To Upgrade: Effective Tips To Minimize Your Things

Getting rid of items you don’t need is hard for most people. Most of us enjoy our things. We hold onto things even if they no longer serve us. We get attached and fear letting go. However, if you’ve landed on this post, chances are, you are ready to make that bold step of decluttering…

Getting rid of items you don’t need is hard for most people. Most of us enjoy our things. We hold onto things even if they no longer serve us. We get attached and fear letting go. However, if you’ve landed on this post, chances are, you are ready to make that bold step of decluttering your home. 

Here are some benefits of decluttering your home.

  • Easy to clean – there is more room making cleaning easier.
  • Easy to organize – it’s easier to find things that you want.
  • Peace of mind- As much as it seems harmless, things can get out of control. Several things around you may stress you. Knowingly or unknowingly, it may become hard to manage your surroundings. Decluttering relieves stress. It gives you a sense of accomplishment.

So, where do you start? The thought of starting to declutter can be overwhelming, especially when you don’t know where to begin. 

Nonetheless, the easiest way is to start room by room. Start with one area in the room, then proceed to the next. This would motivate you to declutter the next. Before you know it, you’ll have finished.

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Here are some tips to help you out with decluttering.

Add a ‘No Junk Mail’ Sign to Your Parcel Box

Junk mail contributes to the clutter in your home. It doesn’t matter how secure the delivery box is, even if it’s a lockable parcel box. You’ll always receive junk mail when you open it. Hence, it’s right to put a ‘no junk mail ‘sign in your parcel dropbox.

You want to receive items that won’t contribute to the clutter. Politician leaflets, takeaway menus, and supermarket catalogs are some of these things that keep piling in your room and taking space in your home.

Categorize the Clutter

Sorting out things keeps you organized in your decluttering process. You can create your own method or use the four-box method. Here, you categorize your items into four parts. These are:

‘Get rid of’ Items

These are items that no longer serve you. You can sort these items into two categories. Those you will sell, and those that you want to donate. Let the items find a new home.

‘Keep’

These are the things you still need and are useful in your daily life. Store these items in their designated places. An example is removing a book you’ve finished reading from the bedside table to the bookshelf.

Put in Storage

These are items that you occasionally use. Once you’ve finished decluttering, empty this box into storage containers and label the storage containers. Keep them in a designated storage area and remove the items only when you want to use them.

Clear the Living Room

It can be challenging to keep your living room clutter-free. There are a lot of activities going on in the living room, and there are usually fewer storage spaces. There may be TV consoles and bookcases which may not hide much.

Organize and Declutter Your Kitchen

  • Put everything at its designated place– First, empty each space and tidy up. Start with the storage spaces first, like the pantry, cabinets, and under the kitchen sink. Get rid of anything on the countertops and leave in 3 or 5 essential items like the knife block and coffee maker.
  • Focus on one item at a time– It could be glassware, utensils, bakeware, and cutlery. Put aside anything that you no longer need.

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