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Tidying up is often something that people strive for, but that many find a challenge. However, it is essential to consider the benefits of removing excess stuff from your household on your health and also your wealth.
Benefits of Decluttering
The act of evacuating might not fill you with joy, but knowing you can navigate an entire room without feeling like you’re in a human chess game is definitely a great feeling. Brushing things off and being proud of your accomplishments can really boost your mental health. Additionally, when there are fewer items in a room, it is much easier to keep clean. Less dust will also bring great health benefits to asthma and allergy sufferers. Finally, sorting out your stuff means you can sell some of it and make money from the stuff you no longer want or need. Win-win situation!
How can I declutter?
Different people advocate different methods. The most controversial and widely known one is Konmari. However, the creator herself now realizes, with three children in her household, that this is not a sustainable way to keep a tidy house.
Here’s our advice:
- Go room by room – Trying to tackle too many things at once can make evacuation overwhelming. Rather than having several rooms unfinished, knowing you’ve completed one room will let you reap the benefits much faster.
- Get the right furniture – while evacuation ensures you have the right furniture to help you with your mission. For your bedroom, built-in wardrobes can make the best use of the available space, especially if you have awkwardly shaped rooms or ceilings and for playrooms, consider box storage that is easy for your children to access and return to.
- Be ruthless – Attaching too much sentimental value can limit your ability to be successful in the decluttering process. Try to be ruthless and consider whether you have used the items over the past 12 months or so. If the answer is ‘no’ and you can’t foresee using it in the next year, donate, sell or throw away.
- Delegate – an entire house, unless you are a single occupant, should not be your sole responsibility. Delegate a room or two to your partner or child. If they are capable of doing a decent job. However, be clear about your expectations. Otherwise, you may find yourself with a house that is empty of any of your possessions!
- Get help – if you’re anything like me, you’ll find your mind racing when you’re left alone to tidy up. Ask a friend to come help. Then, when you’ve reached your daily target, share a takeaway pizza or prepare something healthier to share.
- play music – if you’re anything like me. Time passes much faster and I have much more fun listening to some of my favorite tracks, albums or playlists.
- rush – while it is always helpful to see results early. Trying to rush through the process can harm your success and your mental well-being. Instead, set smaller targets that are more attainable.
Whatever the reason for embarking on an evacuating journey, we hope it is a success by following some of our advice. Let us know how you’re doing – we’d love to hear your story!
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