Stuff. We all have too much of it. Have a look at the guide below, curated our pals at Less to help you find the mojo you need to refresh your home.
1. Clarify your motivation
As with any goal, it’s crucial to understand the WHY. Why do you want to clear your space? Why is it important to streamline your possessions? While clients always have different motivations for beginning this process – toy overload, a kitchen utensil graveyard, an unhealthy sneaker obsession – it seems to always boil down to excess creating unnecessary stress and anxiety. So if you don’t need it, get rid of it!
2. Visualize your end goals
A must before starting the decluttering process is to ask yourself what kind of home you want to create. Are we talking 500 square feet of minimalist bliss? A Hygge-centric nest that gives you all the cozies? Or simply a functional space that works for you and your loved ones? It’s easy to find purging items in your space daunting or even overwhelming, but as long as you break down the process (preferably room by room) and complete one task at a time, it will be easier than you think to pare down your belongings and realize your goals.
3. Outline your method
There are a ton of approaches that you can take to clearing your space, but I find the most effective method for clients with jam-packed lives is to clear one room at a time. Small tackles are easier to wrap your head around when you are able to achieve goals and see progress in a single day. My best advice is to be an editing bandit. If you haven’t used it/worn it in a year – get it outta there! Categorize the sorting process by pairing like with like. If an item has memories attached to it either take a photo or put aside a single small box that is exclusively for keepsakes. Create piles to donate, repair, recycle and gift. If possible load up your vehicle the day you purge to ensure items you no longer need actually leave the house.
4. Just start!
Decluttering is hard, no doubt about it. But the most difficult part of clearing your space is often getting mentally prepared. Block off an afternoon, have an espresso and get to it. Once you start the process it’s honestly incredibly rewarding. Because disorganization causes stress, I like to think of the home editing process as a form of self-care. By showing respect to your most treasured possessions and knowing where everything in your space lives you are honoring both your home and yourself - which feels good!
5. Habits to help keep you in line
Often after a big purge clients worry they will fall back into their old habits. I recommend a spending freeze for as long as you can manage it. Set parameters and a manageable time frame. Reward yourself by spending money on experiences versus material objects. If clothing is your weakness, work to define your personal style and create a capsule wardrobe with fewer quality items that will last.
Happy purging, people!
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