How much time will you save by decluttering?
That can’t be right – surely it takes time to declutter? True. But when you’re done, you’ll be amazed at how much time it frees up that you can enjoy.
Looking for things can be a huge timewaster, so putting in a little time and effort to clear the clutter will make life significantly easier after the decluttering is done.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do your really need 7 old, wooden spoons or those plastic lids that you are keeping just in case you find the matching container? (The answer is ‘no’ by the way!). You’ll find things in your kitchen much faster if you don’t have to rummage through old and unused items.
- Have you ever avoided cleaning because first, you have to find a place for a mountain of homeless things? If things have a place, everything from vacuuming to dusting to laundry will be so much easier and faster.
- Are you disappearing under a mountain of bills, paperwork, old books, or pens that don’t work? Get rid of things you don’t need and file the things you do – you will find that you are much more efficient when dealing with anything at home (or work).
- Do you regularly stare into your overcrowded wardrobe trying to decide what to wear? This can use up a huge amount of time over your week. A decluttered and well organised wardrobe means you can see what you have at a glance and decision making will be so much quicker and easier.
Decluttering doesn’t have to be all or nothing (but if you think this way would be easier, then go for it!). Slow and steady can also win the race.
- Decide how you’re going to declutter. You could have a whole house decluttering binge, do a room at a time, or even start with a cupboard or drawer.
- Have a decluttering box. Anytime you find something to get rid of just add it to your decluttering box. When the box gets full, drop it off at a charity shop and start again!
- If it costs less than $20 to replace – get rid of it and give yourself permission to buy it again, if you realise you needed it (but you probably won’t).
- Ask yourself ‘would I buy it now?’
- If you haven’t used or worn it in the last 6 months – add it to the donation pile.
- Pretend you’re moving – would you take it with you?
- Use the ‘one in, one out’ method – great for wardrobes and kitchens.