Decluttering your life feels great!
We all know the feeling: You open your closet door and are assaulted by a jumble of clothes, shoes, and accessories. Or you walk into your home office and are overwhelmed by the piles of paper on every surface. Maybe you can’t even park your car in the garage because it’s crammed with so much stuff. If any of these sound familiar, it’s time for a serious declutter.
The first step is to recognize that decluttering isn’t just about getting rid of things—it’s also about creating systems and habits that prevent clutter from building up in the first place. So start by evaluating your current routines and ask yourself where things tend to go off the rails. Once you identify problem areas, you can develop strategies for keeping them tidy going forward.
Next, take stock of what you have. This is often the most daunting part of decluttering, but it’s essential if you want to make sure everything has its proper place. Go through each room or storage area and create three piles: keep, donate/sell, and trash. Be ruthless as you sort; if you haven’t used something in six months (or longer), chances are good that you don’t need it anymore.
Once you know what stays and what goes, it’s time to start putting things away—starting with the keeps pile. Find a home for everything before moving on to the next task; this will help prevent new clutter from forming while giving you a sense of accomplishment as check items off your list. As for donations and selling items online?
Batch those tasks together so they don’t become yet another thing on your never-ending to-do list. And finally, get rid of anything in the trash pile ASAP so it doesn't end up back where it started: taking up space in your home!
With a little effort (and maybe some tough decisions), decluttering can be transformational—not just for your physical space but also for your peace of mind.