5 Ways to Declutter and Shed Old Items

Decluttering your home can be a tedious and timely process. But when you can finally look around your home or garage and see everything organized with so much more open, clear space to move around in, it’s easy to see why so many people make it an annual priority. If you’re ready for the big purge, here are a few handy tips to help you declutter and shed those old items for good.

Clean By Category

It’s usually recommended to start your decluttering process by going from room to room. However, we’ve found it most helpful to start the purge according to category. For example, you can start with old tax returns, and then maybe move onto clothing, shoes, old books, magazines and so forth. This is especially helpful for those living in a one bedroom setup where the room by room tactic just isn’t possible. Breaking it up into categories can make the process much less chaotic.

Give Yourself Plenty Of Time

Decluttering isn’t something you’ll be able to complete in the span of one evening. It can be a big process. So give yourself plenty of time to slowly begin chipping away at it. Even if you focus on tackling one specific category or area per evening or week, you’ll have your home done and dusted in no time.

Distract Yourself During The Process

If you find that you’re really struggling to find the time or energy to get into the decluttering zone after a long day of work, try to distract yourself. For example, when you throw on your favourite Netflix series in the evening, grab that box of old magazines and begin sorting through it while you watch your show. This way, you get to keep yourself entertained while doing something productive at the same time.

Be Strict With Yourself

It can be easy enough to convince yourself to keep just about everything you really should toss away. So try to be stern with yourself. If you haven’t seen, used or worn the item for at least a year, let it go.

Have A Designated Area For ‘Out’ Items

To prevent yourself from mixing up items, keep a designated ‘out’ area for stuff that needs to go. You can leave an area for garbage and an area for donation to make it simple when you’re ready to get rid of them.

If the idea of organizing your overwhelming mess at home is seeming more daunting by the day, try to follow these simple ways to declutter and shed those old items. By chipping away at it bit by bit, you’ll soon be able to enjoy the post-decluttering bliss of a well-organized home. Plus, it’s always a rejuvenating way to clear out all that mental clutter too!

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