Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home

Winter is the perfect season to tidy up your home and remove unneeded items! With the additional time indoors why not make your personal space more enjoyable by getting organized and removing clutter. 

Decluttering doesn’t just make your home more attractive; there are numerous health benefits too! Many experience less stress and anxiety, more inner peace and self-confidence, stronger decision-making skills and improved habits after a good sort and clear out session. Who doesn’t need more of that around the holidays? 

7  Creative Decluttering Ideas: 

1) Put aside 5 solid minutes and choose one of these decluttering tips.  Committing to just five minutes should be easy, and the feeling of accomplishment afterwards will help inspire you to keep going! 

 

2) Give away one item a day. Consider things you no longer need, serve you or haven’t worn in a year. Even just one item a day comes down to 30 items a month and 365 items a year! That surely adds up and will leave you with less unwanted articles lying around.

 

3) Fill one trash bag. These could be pieces you throw out or donate to Goodwill. Simply starting the process of clearing out will create momentum to continue. And before you know it that trash bag will be full! Trust me…

 

4) Try the Oprah Winfrey Closet test. It’s an easy experiment to identify which wardrobe pieces to get rid of. Hang all your clothes in the reverse direction. After you wear an item replace it with the hanger gong the right direction. After 6 months you’ll be able to clearly see which items you never wear and therefore should get rid of. It works!  

 

5) Make a list.  Start with the easiest places in your home. Once you’re done cleaning up one area, stop and cross it off your list! This breaks down decluttering into accomplishable baby steps.

 

6) The Four-Box Method. Get four boxes (I recommend large). Mark them trash, give away, keep or relocate.  Place items into one of four categories. This forces you to see each item individually and truly consider its value. Be patient, this could take days or weeks. But you will notice results!

 

7) Visualization. Spend a few minutes visualizing how you want a particular room to look. Close your eyes and picture it in your mind. Is your office cleared of paperwork and everything neatly put away in its proper place? Is your bedroom organized and tidy? Visualize your countertops spotless. According to research, visualization works because neurons in our brains interpret imagery as equivalent to real-life action. When we visualize an act the brain generates an impulse that tells our neurons to “perform” the movement. Start imagining and the transformation will follow!

 

Marisa Friedmann