If you struggle with clutter in your home or office, you’re certainly not alone. It seems everyone has something they can’t get rid of because it brings back fond memories or represents some aspect of their personality they just don’t want to lose. Yet decluttering isn’t as difficult as it may seem; in fact, it can be downright liberating when you implement the right strategy to do it with minimal stress and effort required! Keep reading to learn five important things I learned about decluttering by applying this drastic strategy to my entire home.
1) Understanding my own clutter triggers
- I realized that I tend to hold onto things because of sentimental value, even if I don’t use them or need them.
- I also learned that I have a lot of just in case items, which are taking up valuable space in my home.
- Another trigger for me is thinking that I might need something in the future, even if there’s no evidence that I will actually need it.
- In order to declutter effectively, I’ve had to go through all of these triggers and be honest with myself about why I’m holding on to an item.
- It has been really eye-opening and liberating being able to clean out my entire house and make better decisions about what goes where. Knowing that I can get rid of anything (except sentimental items) has been incredibly freeing. I’ve made better decisions about how much storage space certain items should take up. And I feel more comfortable living in my own home now that everything has its place!
2) Not allowing myself to accumulate anything new
For the past year, I’ve been following a drastic decluttering strategy: not allowing myself to accumulate anything new. This has meant saying no to gifts, resisting temptation when shopping, and getting rid of anything that doesn’t bring me joy. It’s been a challenge, but it’s also been incredibly freeing. Here are five things I’ve learned from this experience:
- It’s possible to live with less stuff.
- Having less stuff can be liberating.
- Downsizing your home leads to freedom—financial and otherwise.
- Less really is more.
- Minimalism is the way forward!
3) The strategy behind purging everything
I learned that by decluttering my entire home, I was able to let go of things that were weighing me down emotionally. I also found that it was much easier to keep my home clean and organized when there was less stuff in it. The process was not easy, but it was definitely worth it in the end.
4) How purging everything changed my life
I never realized how much stuff I had- or how much of it I didn’t need- until I purged my entire home. It was a daunting task, but it was so freeing! Here are five things I learned about decluttering:
You don’t need as many clothes as you think you do.
5) Allowing myself tiny indulgences
When you’re in the middle of a declutter, it can be easy to feel like you’re depriving yourself of things you love. But by allowing myself small indulgences, like buying a new plant or taking a break to read my favorite book, I’ve found that the process is much more bearable. It’s not just about getting rid of things; it’s about making room for what’s most important and valuable to me. And as with any major change, there are moments when I’m not sure if this is the right path for me- but so far, so good! If anything, the end result has been amazing: I have tons of free time on my hands and all of my belongings fit into one closet.