Well, it seems winter is fast approaching and this time of year is perfect for decluttering, especially if you are about to move to a new home. The New Year brings the possibility of a fresh start, so why not start your new life in your new home by enjoying a decluttered existence. There's no better time to go through all the junk you've collected than before you're about to move. Getting rid of all that clutter is a liberating experience, and you'll love your new simpler and more organised experience.
However, decluttering can be tricky. If you’re not a hoarder personally, you know someone who is. For some of us, we can always find a reason to hold on to something. That’s why following the tips and tricks below can silence that inner voice. If you need more motivation, consider the fact that the cost of your move will be directly tied to the amount you need to move. So, by slashing your belongings in half, you could save a lot, particularly if you’re moving overseas.
So, here are the tricks you need to sort through the junk, and only hold on to the treasures.
The Rule of Multiples
The best place to start on your decluttering journey is with anything you have multiples of. You only need one of most things, for example, if you have more than one kettle or sandwich toaster, you can get rid of all but your best one. You can also consider things like DVD players and hair dryers. Once you’ve gotten rid of the multiples, you’ll have made a terrific start.
The One Year Rule
This is a famous decluttering rule. It's a great one because it removes the fear of throwing things away. It's straightforward, all you have to do is get rid of anything that you haven’t used in a year. Obviously, heirlooms and treasures aren’t subject to this rule, but for anything else, if you haven’t used it in a year, you really don’t need it.
Go Through Your Clothes
Wardrobes are a notorious place of clutter. When going through your closet, keep the one-year rule in mind. This allows you to get rid of anything you haven't work in a year while still accounting for the season. Turn the hangers around on clothes in your wardrobe and then one year later if some hangers are still not turned the other way round you know what you haven't worn.
What Does It Do?
Most of the things in your house should serve a function. There's space in your home for a few purely decorative items but limit these as much as possible. Your house will quickly become cluttered if you fill it with things merely because they ‘look nice.'
How Does It Make You Feel?
The impression that an object makes on you can be useful while decluttering. If you pick something up and it immediately makes you happy or nostalgic, you can make a case to keep it and ignore the rules above. If you feel nothing, or you're unsure, get rid of it. This brings us to another rule, ‘if in doubt throw it out.' Anything you're unsure of should be sent to the ‘not keeping' pile right away.
Decluttering = a cleaner state of mind and more room for the important things in life.