If your room feels cluttered, it might be time to take a good look, not at your stuff (but yes, at your stuff, because you are going to need to clean that), but at your habits. But rather than going on a massive cleaning spree that takes all weekend, you instead need to focus on creating a new mindset entirely. One where decluttering becomes a fun, and easy habit.
Figuring out where to begin can be the hard part. But that will all come together for you in a moment. Here are 5 practical strategies on keeping your home, and life, decluttered!
Make Rules About New Stuff
If you bring a new item into the house, get rid of something else. This will help keep you from keeping something that is broken once you buy a replacement. But it also helps you clean out your closet. What if every time you buy a new outfit, one outfit must go? This is your chance to finally give some old clothes to charity!
Spend Time Decluttering Every Day
Doing the same thing around the same time every day is how we build any habit or routine. This is no different! Spend around 15 minutes every day decluttering a space in your home. 15 minutes is just enough time to sort through your sock drawer or re-organize your bookshelf. In a week you will have made a significant change to your environment without even noticing that you have done it. By doing this at a set time you will also have built in a habit in no time that will serve to keep your environment under control.
Put It Back!
When you are done using something, put it back! Do not leave it laying around, this is how we create clutter. By getting into the habit of cleaning up after yourself, you will guarantee that you will never have that lost feeling again when you cannot find what you are looking for.
Keep Your Hands Busy
Before leaving a room, take a quick look around. Is there something there that is not in its place? By grabbing one item every time you leave a room, you will begin a slow migration of things back to their homes.
Clean Up After Meals
After you finish a meal, take the time to clear the table, before you go sit down for evening television. You will find that you don’t dread your kitchen in the morning anymore. What is great about this Is, you will find that you save yourself a lot of time on your morning routine if you do!
Decluttering does not have to be overwhelming. By creating a lot of small and easy habits, you will be able to keep your space under control and be able to enjoy your day in peace and confidence, leading you to live and lead fearlessly.
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