Do you have an overflowing chest of drawers or cupboard filled to the brim with God knows what? Or is your desktop a minefield of screenshots and saved photos?
Clutter isn’t just an eye-sore, it can be stress inducing and even carry emotional baggage which worms its way into your thought process when you are in the same vicinity.
Removing and reducing our ties to materialistic objects can be cleansing and good for our minds.
Why do we keep clutter?
Good question, and one I am still figuring out myself. I am a hoarder, especially when it comes to clothes, and every time I venture into my full-to-the-brim chest of drawers it stresses me out how many items I don’t wear and how little space I have for anything else.
Clutter can be anything that is being held on to which doesn’t really have a use. Of course we all have sentimental objects, but do you really need your ex boyfriend’s hoody still? Definitely not. Emotional attachment to material things is not uncommon, but it can become unhealthy.
5 TIPS FOR DECLUTTERING
Take your time
If you decide to declutter this does not mean it needs to be done instantly. Decluttering can take a lot of time as you have to go through all of your belongings and decide what to do with them. Choose a section of your room or house to tackle first and go from there. Remember this should be a cleansing experience so try not to get stressed out or be daunted by the task in hand.
Is there a piece of clothing you still have from ten years ago which you never wear? Do you have gifts from your cheating ex boyfriend hidden at the back of your wardrobe? There are some things which may be harder to let go of, but if they aren’t serving you any purpose or they stir up bad emotions then it is healthier to get them out of your space.
Don’t just throw it away
Not everything you want to declutter will have holes in or be completely worn down. Why not try and earn some cash on sites such as Depop or Ebay with your unwanted items. Or an even better thing to do is to bag up the clothes which can be worn again or books which still have life in them and take them down to your local charity shop.
Have an end goal
This may not work for everyone, but having an intended end goal for a decluttering session can help you be a little more brutal. For example, if you were to make a goal of only keeping clothes you have worn in the past six months you will inevitably end up throwing up a lot of outfits, however you need to look into why you haven’t work them. Are they too small? Do they not fut your style anymore?
There will inevitably be items which you will be unsure of what to do with them. Keep or not? Have a box which you can put these items in and come back to at a later date. A fresh set of eyes can change your outlook and you may feel differently about them.
Do you have any good decluttering tips? Please leave them down in the comments!