Tried and failed at the Marie Kondo method of organising? Does everything spark joy? Here are five short ways to prompt you to action and declutter your space.
1. Don’t get overwhelmed
This is the primary reason good intentions fail. We start off with a huge rush of energy emptying out cupboards, then after a couple of hours “decision fatigue” sets in.
Don’t make general statements like: “This weekend I’ve got to clear it out”, say, “This weekend I’m going to devote three hours to sorting one cupboard or area”. Then identify what is possible in that time.
2. Work out where it’s all going
To avoid the miscellaneous pile of stuff dotted all-around your house you should decide this before you even start. Be proactive in checking where you can drop off bags or boxes at a second-hand shop.
Think about separating items that can be recycled and place them out with your rubbish bins so that they are easily accessible to reclaimers.
3. Recognise guilt
Are you holding on to things just because they are old? Those watercolour paintings that you inherited from a great aunt? If they do not mean anything to you, or if you really don’t like them, it’s time to get rid of them.
We’re sure your great aunt won’t mind.
4. Role swap
This might cause some infighting, but we can universally accept that it’s so much easier to throw out stuff that doesn’t belong to us. Throwing out your husband’s old golf shoes, because he got new ones, your sons old and mouldy schoolbooks.
In turn, though, you need to be willing to let them be a bit ruthless with the things that you are unnecessarily holding on to.
5. Bin what’s out of sight
Do you have a lot of stuff stored up in your garage or that unused spare room?
It may be time to let all of that go too. After all, what use is it if stored away for no one to see or use?