When we talk about simple living, probably how to declutter your home is the first thing that comes to mind.
One of my favorite simple living quotes is by Hans Hoffman, “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
When you remove the non-essential from your life, you’ll make a room for what truly matters. You will attract more opportunities to spend your time, energy and money on things that will bring you more joy.
So, the first step towards simple living is always considered to be eliminating physical clutter. Any excess should go to people who may need it more than you. That’s why decluttering is beneficial for everyone, not just you.
Here Are 6 Effective Decluttering Tips To Help You Get Started:
Have you heard of the law of compensation?
This law states that you’ve to lose something to gain something.
Losing here is not necessarily a negative thing. For example, you can lose weight to gain health.
The law means that in order to add new things to your life, you’ve to get rid of other things.
Accordingly, when you get rid of some unnecessary stuff in your home or office, you’ll be rewarded by breathing space, peace of mind and uplifted spirit.
Fact is that anything you own takes a mental space, emotional space and physical space. Everything that you own requires attention of some kind. For example, a car requires regular maintenance, your clothes require regular cleaning & ironing, etc.
So, the more things you own that you don’t necessarily need, the more you add to your clutter baggage … clutter here is not only physical, but also mental and emotional.
You find a lot of people rave about decluttering, because they can instantly feel its impact on their lives. When you see clean organized rooms only filled with a few useful items, you become at peace with your environment and have a great sense of accomplishment.
Betsy Talbot of Married with Luggage said, “Do you know the feeling you get when you’ve finished a big decluttering project? There is a sense of accomplishment and peace, the knowledge you will have less stress each day, and the satisfaction of moving one step closer to the ideal life you want to live. In short, you have more confidence.”
“Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.” – Charles Dudley Warner
2. One Item Every Day
One of the best decluttering approaches I found is by Colleen Madsen of 365 less things.
Her approach to decluttering is so doable.
She says, “I started to get rid of some unutilised items in my house, into a 365 day resolution to declutter every wardrobe, bench, shelf, under bed, pantry and garage space in my home by giving away, throwing away or selling one item everyday for the next twelve months.”
So by the end of the year, you’ll own 365 less items. Isn’t this easy and doable?
3. Start With Your Closet
I believe the easiest decluttering activity to start with is closet decluttering. That’s getting rid of your excess clothes.
One of the key advantages of closet decluttering is beautifully explained by Betsy Talbot when she said, “When you clean out your closet getting dressed every morning is faster and easier, and you feel zero guilt about buying nicer quality clothes because you know you’ll wear them.”
When I decluttered my closet, I felt an amazing sense of relief after seeing my closet so organized, clean and full of space, and only containing the items I love the most and feel the best when I wear.
After decluttering your closet, here are 5 more areas to consider:
(Thanks to Andrea of SimpleOrganizedLiving.com for the inspiration)
- Your Email
- Your Kitchen
- Your Bathroom
- Your Files
- Your Purse
Remember, there is no need to rush. Follow the 365 approach and by the end of the year you will have made a progress that most people can’t even achieve half of it.
4. Keep Up The Excitement
The interesting thing about decluttering is that, as Courtney Carver of Be More With Less says, “Every time you let go of something, you’ll want to release more. When you build the momentum and experience the joy it brings, you’ll get addicted to the habit.”
Courtney also describes the decluttering process and benefits in a very elegant and encouraging way, “Slowly but surely, each room becomes a little more sparse. Instead of becoming cold and empty, our home is warmer and more inviting. Each new space opens up a world of possibility.”
5. Follow Socrates’ Wisdom
If you want to become a master declutterer follow Socrates’ wisdom by asking yourself everyday…
“How many things are there which I do not want?” ~Socrates
Everyday identify one thing, then let go of it.
6. Learn from Nature
If you want some inspiration to start decluttering, simply look at nature. It’s the most magnificent, most organized and most decluttered place on earth.
Seek wisdom from nature and be part of it.
“The best and shortest road towards knowledge of truth is Nature.” – Ancient Egyptian Proverb
Remember, the purpose of decluttering is not to live with nothing. Decluttering is a way to become selective and aware of what fills your life and space.
Owning just a few high quality items that matter to you brings more joy than stuffing your life with things that exhaust your time, energy and money.
I would like to leave you with this peaceful quote to ponder upon. I hope it will inspire you to become selective and start creating space for what truly matters in your life.
“The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are.” – Mother Teresa
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