It can be surprising just how much having a cluttered home affects us mentally. Whether you’re tripping over objects, forever losing your keys or simply getting distracted by the growing pile of junk in the corner – chances are your clutter is stressing you out. Taking the time to de-clutter and de-stress will do wonders for your well-being.
Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve found the following tips:
Give yourself five minutes
Just five minutes a day can be enough to start what may seem like an epic task. Break down what needs doing into five minute increments and commit to doing one task every day.
Give away an item a day
A clever way to lighten the load in your life gradually is to give away one item every day. Pick something you no longer have use for and either give it away or donate it to your local charity. Over time you will see your pile reduce for a more minimalistic way of life.
Fill one rubbish bag
Another small goal to get you started is to fill one rubbish bag as quickly as possible with things to throw/give away. This can even be turned into a game, so don’t forget to get the kids involved.
Try Oprah’s hanger experiment
Oprah Winfrey made this hanger experiment a popular way to refine your wardrobe. Hang your clothes with hangers in the reverse direction, and every time you wear something – put it back with the hanger the right way. After a few months you’ll be able to see clearly which items aren’t getting any wear.
Use the four-box method
Often simplicity prevails when it comes to de-cluttering. Take four boxes and label them ‘rubbish’, ‘donate’, ‘relocate’ and ‘keep’. Go room to room and put every item into one of the boxes. Be ruthless and consider whether or not you would buy the item now if you didn’t already have it.
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