Days before New Year are usually the time of the year (well at least in our family tradition) that we spent cleaning our home. It may be over, yet it doesn’t mean that we have to wait for the next 10 months or so to do the decluttering.
Also, it’s too early for spring cleaning. But likewise I don’t think there is a need for us to wait for those seasons to do it because cleaning should be done as much as possible everyday.
However major cleaning of our house can be a daunting task and because we are so engrossed with our day to day activities, we cannot keep up with the household chores. And over the years we don’t realize we accumulated stuff that we don’t actually use and before we know it we let ourselves buried with things that we hoarded.
Before this happens it is important that you decide to organize your things, go over it and decide if it is still of value. And act right away.
Tips on Decluttering Your Stuff
1. Plan the Arrangement of Your Furniture in Your Room. Meticulous planning of the furniture will give you idea where to keep stuff and will give you more space to organize them. Moreover, rearranging your furniture will freshen up the look of your room.
2. Prepare Container for Stuff that You Want to Keep, Throw, Give, and Sell. Put it in a accessible area of the room so that it will save you time when sorting things.
3. Make a Goal to Finish One Task a Day. You don’t need to finish it in a day. It can be overwhelming and you will only burn out yourself.
4. Do One Corner at a Time. Or one storage cabinet at a time. Just take it slowly but consistently doing it until you sorted out things.
5. The Six and Six Rule. I have watched a video about minimalism but forget about the link so I invented the name “6 and 6 Rule”. The goal here is to identify your stuff and ask this question to yourself: Did I use it in the past six months? Am I planning to use it in the next 6 months? If your answer to both questions is NO then it’s high time to throw it in the bin (garbage, give away, or sell).
6. DO NOT Recheck The Bins. Tendency if you scan the bins you’ll fall in love with the stuff that you think you don’t need in the first place. You’ve already made the decision so let it go and forget about it.
7. Store Them. Can’t make a decision yet? Then go ahead and store the bins neatly in a garage or storage room and label them. If you don’t touch them for 6 months then better dispose it right away. Remember the 6 and 6 Rule.
Benefits of Decluttering
Decluttering can be a daunting task but at the end it is rewarding. Here are some benefits:
1. Creating more space. That could mean space for new stuff that hopefully you will use. Or simply a space with no clutter.
2. When you lessen your stuff you also lessen your job to clean your room.
3. A more relaxing ambiance to your room.
4. You will earn from the things that you decide to sell. And,
5. You will make others happy with the stuff that you are giving away.