Do you have a closet packed full clothes but wake up each morning feeling as though you have nothing to wear? Did that junk drawer magically spill over into two or three drawers, seemingly overnight? Is “organize apartment” a constant last-to-do on your to-do?
Decluttering your apartment can be overwhelming, but doesn’t have to take a trained team of professionals. Here are a few tips to help to get you started. All you need is a positive attitude and a few beers for post-cleaning celebration (may we recommend one of these seven brews).
If it doesn’t bring you joy, toss it out.
Maybe it’s not so much organizing what you have, but saying farewell to the things that no longer bring you joy. Celebrity home organizer, Marie Kondo, says that you should discard everything that does not “spark joy,” which entails physically holding each item in your hand and assessing your feelings toward it. The thought behind this theory is that when it’s all said and done, you’ll have a house filled with joy rather than “things.”
Take five uninterrupted minutes:
Leo Babauta at Zen Habits recommends 18 different 5-minute decluttering tips. Choose one today that resonates or choose one of the 18 at random and commit five minutes to tackling the task. The thought behind this is that after five minutes of one task, you’ll be inspired to take on another. And another. Until all 18 are complete.
One trash bag, one day:
How quickly can you fill one trash bag? Whether it’s with trash or items to be donated, you’ll be surprised to how many things you have just hanging out around you house. Note: This task may not be wise for the overly-sentimental as this simple, quick task may wind up being a day-long activity.
Take the 12-12-12 Challenge.
Locate 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate and 12 items to be returned to their proper home. Rather than dedicating all your time to organizing or all your time to purging items that are no longer desired, this task offers a more comprehensive technique that may prove to be therapeutic, and less stressful. If you have kids with a room full of toys, this challenge could be great for them to partake in, too.
Embrace a minimalist lifestyle
Project 333, invented by Courtnery Carver, challenges people to only wear 33 articles of clothing for three months. The mentality behind this challenge is that living with less will make it easier to part with things you no longer need. With this challenge, the important part is the take away. Make sure to take a mental scan of how you feel at the beginning, the middle and end of this challenge.
While these tips will work for some, they may not work for everyone. What decluttering tips do you have to add to the list? Tell us in the comments below.