Want to declutter your home or closet?
You’re not alone. The declutter movement is rapidly gaining momentum as hordes of shoppers turn their noses up at traditional consumerism and embrace a simpler way of living. To join the declutter movement, repeat “Less is More” after me and follow these five steps.
Declutter Step 1: Dive In and Collect Everything
Pull everything out, dust everything off and place it all in a pile. If you’re tackling your whole home, go room by room.
Declutter Step 2: Organize
Now, sort everything into sub-piles – “Definitely Keep”, “Definitely Get Rid Of”and “Unsure”. Try to keep the “Unsure” pile as small as possible.
Declutter Step 3: Clutter Be Gone
Thoroughly clean the space and put away the “Definitely Keep” items, neatly arranging them into more organized piles or clearly labeled bins, like the kind available at The Container Store. Box up the “Definitely Get Rid Of” items and divide them up into items to sell, swap or donate.
Declutter Step 4: Sit On It
Scrutinize the “Unsure” pile. For those items that you really can’t make a decision about, pack them in to a box and keep them out of sight for six months. If after six months, you haven’t longed to pull them out of the box, get rid of them.
Declutter Step 5: Mission Accomplished
Keep the newly decluttered space as neat as possible and repeat the steps as items begin to build up again. Try these same steps to declutter other areas of your life, like all those commitments that weigh you down. Before you know it, you’ll be freed up to enjoy the things that have the most meaning for you. Good luck!