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Tips for Decluttering in 2020!

With the new year (and the new decade) here, it’s the perfect time to take stock of your personal possessions and give your home the fresh start it deserves!
Here are some tips for freeing your home of clutter and keeping it that way!
  1. Visualize how you want your home to look. If you don’t know what you’re working towards, how will you know when you’ve accomplished it? Look at a room and think about how you want it to look. What pieces of furniture do you actually need? What doesn’t belong in the room but has just gravitated there? Are there items on the floor or other flat spaces that don’t need to be? Which nooks and crannies give you the most anxiety?
  1. Create a decluttering checklist.  Now that you know how you want your space to look, grab a pad of paper and a pen and go room to room until you’ve covered every inch of your home. What projects do you need to tackle? What clutter do you need to clear? Write everything down as you go. You won’t believe how much weight will be lifted just by getting these things out of your head and onto paper!
  1. Set up an outbox. Your outbox can be an actual box, an unused room, or any other designated out-of-the-way space. This is where you will put items that you are considering donating, recycling or throwing away. An outbox can be especially helpful for those items you need help loosening your attachment to. Once something has been in your outbox for a while, you’ll see it for what it truly is and determine whether or not it stays (and that’s ok) or goes.
  2. Give yourself a quick win. Look over your checklist and find one or two items that would be easy to accomplish (in 15 minutes or less). Look for items you can throw away right now (does anyone actually sill have wire hangers?), or tackle a small area that you should be able to knock out in just a few minutes – like your silverware drawer.
  1. Create a 30-day list. Once you’ve gotten your space in order, how are you going to keep it that way? You can declutter all you want, but it will just come back as you buy more stuff! The solution? Don’t buy the stuff in the first place! Set yourself up with a 30-day list. Every time you want to buy something that’s not absolutely necessary, put it on the list with the date it was added. Make a rule never to buy anything (except necessities) unless they’ve been on the list for 30 days. You’d be surprised how often you lose the urge to buy the items on your list!
 
  1. Create a one-in, one-out rule. Another way to keep that clutter from coming back is to make a rule that whenever you bring a new item into your home, something else must leave! Finally picked up a copy of that book all your friends have been talking about? Pick a book from your shelf that you can donate. Implement this rule for everything in your life – coffee mugs, sweaters, candles etc.!
 
 
Do you have any tips for decluttering your home? Let us know if the comments!