HOW TO DECLUTTER YOUR HOME and create space + PRINTABLE GUIDE 2019
How to tackle clutter in your home and create space, peace of mind and an organizational system of your things that you love. I’ll tell you everything you need to know to get started in your home today if you want, so keep watching. There are so many ways, so many different techniques to declutter your home. There’s Konmari, there’s the minimalist game, the closet hanger method, Swedish death cleaning. Or if you’re like me, you’ve maybe tried a little bit of everything. These techniques are all fine and great ways to go about it, but it can get a bit confusing and perhaps overwhelming even if you’re sitting in your home thinking, where would I even start, and which method should I choose. So let me walk you through the most important steps and strategies you’ll need to declutter your home and create a space that you love, regardless of the decluttering method. I’ve also summarized all this in a free printable, that you can download using the link in the description. Let’s begin. Something I have learned from the Konmari method and very practical and helpful during the decluttering process is to envision your dream space first. This doesn’t have to be a big thing, you can do a vision board if you want but you can also just sit in your space, close your eyes for a minute or 2, and just see what comes up, what you want your home to be like. How do you want it to feel, what purpose should it serve? If you keep that vision clear in your mind, or you can write it down, it will help you later on whenever you get stuck. Very valuable. Decide if you want to sort your things by category or by room. This is something that a lot of the decluttering techniques have a different opinion on. My favorite strategy is a combination of the two, and if you want to, you can just copy mine: Some things I like to tackle by category. These are clothes and accessories, books, papers, toys, electronics, cables, Cds, DVDs, etc, home accessories, Work/hobby related objects Other things I like to tackle by room or closet. These are: the kitchen, the bedroom, the garage, storage spaces, the car, the bathroom This combination works best for me. For example with clothing and accessories, if you have them stored in multiple places in your home, it doesn’t really make sense to declutter them by space, it’s far better to gather everything that you own, all your clothes and accessories, into one big pile, see everything you own and decide from there. But for example kitchen items will most likely already be in the kitchen, which is also the only area where they will be used, so that works best to tackle as a room. When you start decluttering, whether it’s a room or a category today, alwaysmaintenancething that you own out first. Create a big pile and go through all the items one by one. This may feel a bit time consuming and overwhelming maybe, but it’s really the most effective way. If you leave items in, you will find you have to go back to that space again and again because there will still be items there you haven’t really considered. So in the long run, taking everything out will be more efficient. When going through your items one by one, how do you know which ones to get rid of and which ones to keep? Especially if you haven’t practiced with decluttering, this can be quite difficult. I always ask myself the same questions. These will help you figure out what to do. How often do I use this item? And be honest here. If you haven’t used it in the last 6 months or a year if it’s a seasonal item, you probably don’t need it. Do I have duplicates? How many do I need? In most cases, you only need one of a certain item, so if you have more than one, pick your favorite and get rid of the rest. Does this item spark joy? This is the konmari question and it’s based on how an item makes you feel. If you hold it and you feel a flush of joy then the answer is yes. If you feel practically, stressed, or anything like that, the answer is no and you can do without it. Do I want to bring this item with me into my future? This is where your dream home you envisioned earlier can help you out. Sometimes an item has meant a lot to us in the past, so we feel bad about letting it go when really, it’s okay to acknowledge that this item is not something that will keep serving us in the future.