I want to declutter my home: where do I begin?

Last month we told you about the benefits of decluttering. This month we will give you some tips on how to get started.

1. Decide when you will declutter

Once you have decided it is time to declutter, you’ll probably feel determined to block your entire weekend to get started on this daunting task. But don’t make this mistake! Decluttering is not easy. Every object requires a decision: do I want to keep this or not? Making these constant decisions is tiring and when it comes to sentimental objects the decision process is even more difficult. To make sure that you don’t get fed up and quit, just block a couple of hours every day for a few days, or to take an hour each day for a longer amount of time.

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2. Declutter specific categories

If you have seen the tv-show “Tidying up with Marie Kondo” you know that this decluttering guru does not declutter specific areas, but specific categories. Decluttering with this approach makes it easier to get an overview of how many things you own and will make you less likely to get distracted.

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3. Ask yourself the following questions when decluttering:

Once you are start decluttering, you can make things a little bit easier for yourself by asking yourself a number of questions for each item:

  • Am I still using this?
  • Have I used / worn this in recent weeks?
  • Do I have an item that resembles this, and is this one better than the other?
  • Does this item have sentimental value?
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4. Divide your belongings into the following categories

Save: save the items you use often and/ or like. Make sure you put these things in a place where you can easily find them. This way, you will be less likely to accidentally buy something you already own. With clothing, make sure to store everything in a way in which you can see everything you own. This will avoid you grabbing the same pair of jeans every time you open your closet, just because it is on top of the pile.

Storage: when storing things, make sure you have some sort of system so you can find everything easily. For example, use transparent bins or label your boxes.

Discard: when discarding, make a distinction between the items that can be put in the trash and the items that could be useful for someone else. You can take these items to a thrift store.

Repair: put the things aside that are broken or torn, so you can repair them or have them repaired at a later time.