“Out of clutter, find simplicity.”
― Albert Einstein
Decluttering can not only free up valuable space in your home but also give you a clearer and more focus mind. With many of us working from home, a cluttered home can impair concentration and reduce productivity. According to researchers at Princeton University Neuroscience Institute, there is a definite link between a cluttered environment and your ability to focus and process information. With just a little organisation and dedication, a cluttered home can be easily fixed leaving you time to focus on other more important things.
- Start small with easy to manage tasks that won’t take too long. Don’t start your next job until each task is finished.
- Get yourself a small storage unit to put all the things you are unsure about and give yourself a little breathing space to go through at your leisure
- Make 4 piles – one for charity, one to keep, one to bin and another to put in storage.
- One in one out – if you buy something new then one thing must go.
- It’s hard to give away nostalgic items but try taking a photo to look back on and save in a special place. It might make that decision a little easier.
- Have designated places for things. If they get moved put them.
- Colleen Madsen behind the decluttering strategy 365 Less Things believes give 1 item away every day and life with less.
- Oprah Winfrey gave the Closet Hanger Experiment its notoriety. Basically the idea is to identify items in your wardrobe to clear out by hanging all your clothes in the reverse direction. If you wear the item then turn the hanger in the right direction. After 6 months you will see which items of clothing is worn and which can be discarded.
- A similar concept is Courtney Carver’s Project 333 which challenges you to wear only 33 items of clothing for 3 months.
- Stick to it! It does take work to maintain a clutter-free home but it will be worth it in the end. Enjoy the freedom of the space around.
“We don’t need to increase our goods nearly as much as we need to scale down our wants. Not wanting something is as good as possessing it.” – Donald Horban