Have you ever wondered why it’s so hard to get rid of clutter? According to a 2011 study, a big part of the struggle has to do with viewing some objects as “me” rather than “mine.”
In other words, the things you just can’t seem to get rid of are most likely tied to who you are and your self-worth. If you value success, for example, you may find it hard to get rid of objects that represent achievements such as old college transcripts or plaques from old workplaces.
So if you’ve decided to take a declutter challenge to detox your apartment, know that it’s absolutely okay to feel conflicted about throwing stuff away. But don’t worry. There are ways to make the process easier.
Here, we’ll share our tried and tested tips for conquering the clutter in your home.
Be Honest During Your Declutter Challenge
Now, you may be wondering what honesty has to do with decluttering. But as we’ve said earlier, some items are hard to get rid of because they’re not just possessions. They’re tied to who you are or in some cases, the people you love.
The first thing you have to do then when you take on a declutter challenge is to question your reasoning. Are you holding on to an item because it genuinely makes you happy? Or are you keeping it just because you think you should?
If it’s the latter, you should throw it away. If you’re not sure, give it a month. If over the course of 30 days, you didn’t use that item even once, that just means it’s not essential enough to keep.
Use a Cheat Sheet
This might seem weird after all that talk about honesty. But having something like this is a great guide if you don’t know where or how to start decluttering.
There are also cheat sheets that follow the KonMari method and others that help you declutter in one weekend or less. Whatever guide you choose, the important thing is to commit to it. No excuses!
Know What to Let Go Of
Some items such as Christmas and holiday decorations or old items for sale don’t have to be thrown away. You can store them in your outdoor storage space if you have one.
But things like old magazines or expired makeup are just taking up valuable space in your apartment. Get rid of them, as well as dated spices, dead bulbs and batteries, electronics you don’t use, and hole-ridden clothing.
Don’t Get Burned Out
Yes, it’s a declutter challenge. But you don’t need to make it more challenging than it already is.
If you can’t declutter your whole apartment in one day. That’s okay. Spend at the most, 2 to 3 hours per room or space or per project.
Also, make sure you organize first before buying supplies like pretty boxes and baskets. Only buy containers you really need and those that will surely fit your apartment space.
Ready to Take the Declutter Challenge?
Great! Now all you need to do once you complete the challenge is to maintain it. Decluttering is not something you can do just once and forget about it.
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