By Melissa Dorman, March 13, 2019
By Melissa Dorman, March 13, 2019
In the beautiful journey of life we own many big and small possessions that can make our home beautiful, stylish, and appealing. These provide us with a sense of pleasure and make our life comfortable.
But due to various circumstances in life we have to manage these valued items in our home. Sometimes we need to downsize when children move out. Other times we simply need to have less things in our home in order to free up some space in our minds.
Decluttering items is not an easy task due to sentimental and emotional attachment . Deciding which items to keep, which to give up, donate, or throw out will never be easy.
But too much clutter in our home can lead to chaos that can costs us money, time, and can even limit our productivity.
Though decluttering can be done at any time, some find it beneficial to do it at the beginning of the year. Thereby achieving a more appealing and organized home.
Best practices and techniques to declutter your home…
The goal and reason behind decluttering should be clear enough. Clarity of goal provides focus in decluttering activity. In its absence one may start full of enthusiasm but may lose momentum to complete the process.
Setting clear goal and well planned action on the basis of these goals can lead to maximum decluttering.
Don’t just say to yourself that you’re going to organize your closet or sort through your cupboard.
Evaluating total available space and plan how items can be arranged in that particular area.
If decluttering is for shifting to new home furniture, kitchen items have to be set up keeping the new home in mind.
By focusing on one room or area at a time one can effectively begin decluttering. There are many ways to focus your execution.
Some expert suggests cleaning easy items first.
Other suggest to begin with a place that makes you feel most uncomfortable.
Another way is to declutter urgent items first.
Break the job into smaller parts so you won’t get overwhelmed with the task at hand.
Taking it item by item will help you get things done in a short amount of time.
Crammed book shelfs, piles of messy clothes in the dresser, vanity drawers with makeup products etc can be decluttered one space at a time.
Experts suggests the easiest way to begin decluttering is to start with disposing of old, expired and unusable items first. One may not have many of it but these can be easily discarded.
Expired medicines, broken or expired items, old makeup cosmetic products, damaged electronic items and any canned foods items that crossed expiration dates etc are some of the items that can be discarded.
Items received as gifts, inherited items, items purchased from first earnings etc have emotions attached with them. The items purchased from a family vacation or trip also has memory attached with it.
Even though these things can be connected to a specific memory in our lives, the fact remains that these are still objects, and can create clutter.
Some may be worth keeping forever, but they must be kept on the basis of real value and positive effect they provide.
Not all the gifts one has received in lifetime are to be preserved. When evaluating an item, determine whether it is really worth keeping.
If you can retain the precious memory without keeping the physical object, then it might be wise to let go.