Marie Kondo took the world by storm in 2019 with her Netflix series based on her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Her KonMari method says to get rid of anything your home that doesn’t spark joy.
Getting rid of junk in our homes has taken on a new life, as people want less stuff and more order. If you’re motivated to get rid of junk in your home, you’re in the right place. Keep reading to learn how to get started.
1. Work on One Room or Area at a Time
Instead of doing a little bit in one room and then moving to another before you finish the first one, work on one room or area at a time. Whether you pick your kitchen, living room, bedroom, or entryway/foyer is up to you, but start with one and don’t move on until it’s done.
Finishing one entire area will give you a sense of accomplishment and will also allow you to see what your home could look like if you stick with it. It’s also easier to focus on just one space and getting rid of things in that area if you’re not bogging down your mind with trying to figure out what to toss and what to keep in multiple areas.
2. Start Small
If you have a lot of work to do, it’s best to start small. Even 5 to 10 minutes a day at the beginning is enough to get you started. You’d be surprised at how much you can do if you just dedicate a few minutes to decluttering.
Starting small will help you keep momentum as you won’t feel overwhelmed and quit. The more you do, the more motivated you’ll become as you see your success. You can up the time as you become more and more used to decluttering and are feeling less overwhelmed.
3. Get Help
If you have a friend or family member good at decluttering, enlist their help. They can be an objective party in helping you decide what to keep and what to toss. They can reason with you about what you really need and what can safely do in the circular file bin.
4. Sort Items Into Piles
Sort your items into piles to keep, sell, donate, and toss/recycle. Whether it is clothes, knickknacks, or kitchen items, there is a way to get rid of everything. If you need to get rid of large appliances, check out this page here about old fridges.
5. Make Decluttering a Regular Thing
Instead of waiting months or years to declutter again, make it a regular part of your routine. Once a month or every season, go through your home and get rid of things. The less you have, the easier and quicker it will be.
Getting Rid of Junk Declutters Your Home and Mind
Studies say that decluttering and getting rid of junk has a positive impact on your mental health (and physical health in some cases). You don’t even need to wait to get started. Make a plan, start today, and reap the benefits of a clean space and mind.
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