Wednesday, 16 October 2019 07:18

Less is definitely better!

Are you downsizing to a smaller home, moving to a retirement community or simply overwhelmed by all your stuff?

Now is the time to declutter, sort out and make decisions about what you want to keep and what you can let go. It comes down to letting go of things you have collected over time. Remember that decluttering and letting go will take time too. And it can be hard for a lot of folk.

But wanting to do it, is a great start. Now all your need are some tips and a good strategy to get going and stay the course.

These 6 tips could help you:

  • Have an end goal. There is a reason your want to live with less stuff. Focus on the goal as you wade through your things. Keep the goal in mind when you are struggling to let go
  • Just in case is wasted space. Often, we hold onto things because we think we might need the items one day. Think about your new lifestyle and new space. What is the likelihood of you needing these items? Think about who could benefit from them and donate them.
  • Looking for a quick start? Go through your kitchen cupboards and clear out all expired foodstuffs. Then clear out all items that you would definitely do not use. Do the same with your bathroom cupboards and medicine chests. You will be amazed at how much you get done, how much space you clear, and how good it feels. Hold onto that feeling at you forge ahead with other spaces.
  • Tackle the easy spaces first – laundry cupboards, the drawer filled with old electronics and chargers, your underwear drawers. Leave the sentimental things until you are feeling strong, and good about the process.
  • Be methodical. Start with one space, sort, toss, recycle, donate. Return the items you are keeping, and only then move one to the next space. I like to start on one side of a room and move round, dealing with all the visible stuff first and then moving onto cupboards, drawers and boxes. As you move, start at the top and work down. Once done you can move on.
  • Remember that decluttering is not organising. Your mission is to get rid of stuff, and lighten your load. This is not the time to go out and buy storage containers!

Remember this all takes time and effort. While decluttering is time consuming and can definitely be tiresome, it is hugely rewarding. Each step is a step closer to your goal. Celebrate your decluttering successes. Celebrating the difference you have made will inspire you to carry on!

And remember, less is definitely better! You’ll see!

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