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How to Declutter Your Home in a Few Steps

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Published July 4th 2017

Do you constantly feel stressed and under pressure even when you get home from work? Does your personal environment make you uncomfortable and anxious? Do you feel like there's so much to do around your home, but you simply can't find the will to do it? One of the main causes for the mentioned issues is too much clutter in your home. If you want to improve the quality of your life, this can be the starting point. After all, you won't lose anything if you try to declutter your home, except the junk that you didn't need in the first place.

What does clutter do to you?

Our personal environment affects us more than we realize. If you constantly spend time in a messy, overstuffed and cluttered space, this will reflect on your mood and behavior. Obviously, you cannot blame every problem that you're facing on clutter, but a cluttered home and workspace are still associated with many negative emotions such as stress, anxiety, lack of willpower and even depression and fatigue. Moreover, the more stuff you have lying around and making a mess, the more dust will accumulate, which can affect your health as well. Also, if you find it difficult to move around your home because of all the stuff you have or simply cannot find things that you want in a pile of stuff, mental pressure will become stronger. Therefore, decluttering is always the right answer.

Assess the main points of concern

Decluttering can be a bit difficult for someone who has never done it before. You may even have trouble deciding where to start and how to proceed. Therefore, it would be best to use a small mind exercise to assess the main points of concern in your home. Try to get as relaxed as possible. You don't have to be at home, you can be at a café or your garden, wherever. While you feel relaxed and comfy as much as you can be, step inside your home and look around each and every room. Bring a notebook with you. Write down every corner of your home that suddenly made you feel irritated or nervous. That way, you'll know how to organize the process of decluttering.

Declutter at your own pace

Some people like to jump straight into the decluttering process without much contemplation and don't stop until they're done. However, if you have too much stuff or you're not quite sure what to do with a lot of things that you have, it would be best to take this process slowly. Find your own pace. Go room by room and check everything that you own. You don't have to be extremely decisive right from the start. Apart from your "get rid of" and "keep" pile, add a "maybe" pile as well. You can give yourself an extra time frame. If you don't use the items in your maybe pile for a specific amount of time, it will be a clear sign that you really don't need them.

Stay practical and true to yourself

The best way to go about the decluttering process is to get to know yourself really well. Yes, some things brought you happiness years ago, but are you the same person now? Do these things still make you happy? This is one of the best "formulas" to help you decide what to do with your accessories and furniture pieces. On the other hand, practicality is another necessary ingredient as you start decluttering your clothes and beauty products. If you haven't used something for over a year, you can live without it. You can call for various removals services and have the stuff that you don't need at the moment safely stored away. On the other hand, you can gift, donate and/or sell the stuff that you're completely done and over with. Of course, if something is completely unusable, throw it away, but recycle if possible.

Hoarding things that you don't really have a need for is a common problem for many people. There's a tendency to fill the "inner hole" by getting more and more stuff. However, the true problem lies in the fact that the more stuff you have and don't actually use, the bigger that hole will become. As you go through the decluttering process and rediscover the true happiness of owning things that you like and use, you'll also make a step forward to finding your own sense of fulfillment. You should make frequent decluttering a habit. That way, you'll also practice controlled and smarter consumerism.
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