The change of seasons calls us to do some decluttering. With this change around us outdoors, we feel inspired to make change indoors. There are many strategies that can help you declutter. Try one of these 6 smart strategies to declutter your space at home or work.
The Tournament Method helps those who are especially overwhelmed. Just like in any sport, compare two items and one “wins.” Keep the winner and pit it against another “competitor.” Soon you will have eliminated almost half of your items. If you want to keep your decluttering simple, the Tournament Method works well.
Rather than decide about what to give away, decide what is a treasure to keep. A treasure hunt strategy keeps you positive and pro-active. When sifting through a large box, dig for treasures only. The rest is decluttered and given away. The Treasure Hunt method works well if you tend to lose focus when you are decluttering.
FlyLady has been a staple for many to help start decluttering. Her strategy relies on small, fun tasks that break your decluttering into bite size efforts. Establishing small routines makes your decluttering happen. One of my favorite routines is the 27 fling boogie. You grab a garbage bag and eliminate 27 items at a time. If you are a person who is looking for decluttering routines, Fly Lady’s method work help you make changes.
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write the blog, The Minimalists. Their game came from their new perspective on stuff and minimalism. The game starts on the first day of the month. On day 1, you eliminate 1 item. On day 2, you eliminate 2 items. And so it goes. It’s a great way to make a game of your decluttering. Challenge others in your circle to play too.
Keep the End in Mind
Organizing guru Peter Walsh reminds us to Keep the End in Mind. Create a vision of what your space will look like decluttered. Permit only what will work with that vision to remain. Use a vision board, pinterest, or a magazine to help you stay focused on your goal. Knowing what you want your space to look like when completed helps you make decisions on decluttering.
Recently Marie Kondo, best selling author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, created the Konmari method to declutter. Her mantra about the items we own is, “does this spark joy?” Keep only what brings a smile to your face. Does everything have to bring you joy? For Ms Kondo the answer is “yes!” Surrounding yourself with only what is fabulous is definitely life changing. Learn more about the Konmari method here.
No matter the method, get started on your decluttering today! Your changes in your space will bring about changes in your daily attitude, stress and positivity.
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