5 Tips for Decluttering and Downsizing
Decluttering your home to get ready to downsize? Have you heard of Marie Kondo’s KonMarie? She is the newest show on Netflix. Spark joy in your life by letting go of things and prepare for downsizing.
1. Focus on the Benifits of decluttering.
Think about the freedom you will feel with fewer things that weigh you down. Decluttering is important even if it is 15 minutes at a time. Spend a little time seeing yourself living with less. Visualization is a great tool to help you get happy! Don’t Focus on what you are losing. Downsizing can save you money to spend on travel or other fun things to make memories with. You will save money on less rent or mortgage and free up money in the budget.
2. Think about your needs, not wants
Focus on things that are absolutely necessary to go with you to the next home. The process of decluttering can be tedious, make it fun! Work the one year rule. If you haven’t used something in over a year, chances are you will not use it this year either. Sort all items by subject. Clothing, shoes, handbags, books, appliances and leave all the sentimental items for last. It is an emotional process so don’t beat yourself up.
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3. Does it spark JOY – then Declutter
Marie Kondo’s catchphrase is “does it spark joy?” The reason for this question is, why keep something if it does not bring you joy. Look at getting rid of the easy things first to make decluttering less stressful. Work your way up to letting go of other larger items or more meaningful things. Think of other ways to hold on to the memory other than the item itself. Memories and thoughts of happiness when you see it, touch it or hold it (JOY) If nothing then let the clutter go!
4.Utilize Effective and Creative Storage options
Think of ways to challenge your current storage and get more creative. Decluttering will ease the stress you feel and clear the way to make clean up easier. Use hideaway bins under the bed, storage benches, more closet shelves, shoe racks, and storage ottomans. Furniture with hidden drawers and doors that you can hold items in. Look high over doors for shelves and low under vanities.
5. Everything must have a place.
“Everyone has a place in their house for forks. If you found a random fork in the bathroom or under the couch, you’d immediately know it didn’t belong there and would return it to its drawer without another thought. Everything in your life should be this easy to put away. If an item occupies no specific location when not in use, it becomes clutter.”
– Steve McClatchy, author of Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead By Example
Declutter your space, declutter your life and make yourself happy! Find joy in things again.
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