How to Kick-Start the Decluttering Process
October 19th, 2020
You’ve likely accumulated a bunch of stuff over the last year, and with 2021 just a few months away, you may be looking for a nudge of motivation to declutter your home. Here’s your reminder that it’s okay to get rid of stuff you no longer need. Whether you’re moving or just looking to tidy up your house, decluttering can help improve your overall health and wellbeing. But how can you start the decluttering process when you have so many things? Especially in large spaces, you may start to feel overwhelmed with how much there is to do. The best piece of advice to kick-start your decluttering journey is to take it day by day, one room at a time. Decluttering doesn’t have to be boring—grab a friend or family member, play your favorite songs, and prepare some of your favorite treats. Here are some simple ways to declutter your life.
Visualize Your Decluttering Goals
To be productive, you must have an end goal. Focus on how you want your space to look and feel before you do anything. This will allow you to align your goals for your home with your purpose for decluttering in the first place. When you are more mindful of your goals, not only will you feel more productive, but you will also take pleasure in the process. Realize that it’s not about where you are now or how you got there—it’s about the journey and how free you’ll feel once you reach your goals. If your goal is to just get rid of stuff, then picture your space without those things. On the other hand, if your goal is to get organized, then determine what it is that you want to organize and what you want your space to look like. There must be intent: rearranging the space for a particular purpose to make your life easier and more efficient. Whatever your goal may be for your home, there’s always a solution. It starts with using visualization to achieve your goals.
Don’t Buy Anything New
Avoid the temptation to buy anything new before you declutter. It’s exciting to be able to bring new stuff into your home, but this just means you’ll have more to handle. It’s extremely important to wait before buying, especially since seeing all the new things you bought for your house might make you feel the need to rush the process. Decluttering takes time and requires you to dig deep. You’re not organizing, decluttering, or cleaning just the things people can see on the outside, but the stuff on the inside, too. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean you can’t be enthusiastic about new things. Make a list of items you want to buy. Once you’re done decluttering, you can take your list to your favorite stores and be one step closer to your dream home.
Since decluttering is not a process that can be completed overnight, it can be mentally draining if you aren’t in a good headspace. Remember that small steps still equal progress. Keep your end goal in the back of your mind, but try not to be so fixated on it. Stay consistent and reward yourself for how far you’ve come. The best way to stay on track is to have a schedule. Keep in mind that the perfect schedule for you may be completely different for someone else. For instance, you may be an earlier riser, whereas someone else may feel more motivated at night. Whichever the case, give yourself breaks and pick the best time frame that works for you. Have a stopwatch or timer nearby to alert you when to take a break. If you have a family or someone willing to help, assign a few tasks to them.
Prepare All the Materials You Need
Preparing everything you may need beforehand will save you a ton of time. The last thing you want is to be in the middle of cleaning out your closet and have to run to the store to get trash bags. To help you prepare for what you may need, here are some materials you should gather before decluttering:
- Trash bags
- Donation bags
- Bins or baskets
- Boxes and markers
- Cleaning supplies
- Ladder or stepping stool
Ask Yourself What’s Really Important
When going through your belongings, you’ll probably find stuff that you’ve had for a long time. Ask yourself if those items are still of value to you. If they’re not, ask if they may be of value to someone else. If neither, consider throwing them away. As difficult as it is to let go of things, it’s much more challenging to hold on to something that is no longer of use to you. For items that you don’t keep, make two separate piles—one for trash and one for donation. If you’re unsure of what to toss, here is a list of items you may want to trash or recycle:
- Receipts, bills, papers
- Expired food, toiletries, or medicines
- Old or broken electronics
- Old shoes
You may also have items around your house that you can donate. Whether it’s to a local store or charity, here are some items that can be donated:
- Clothes and shoes in good condition
- Books, toys, and games
- Art supplies
- Athletic gear
Use Treasure Island Storage to Declutter Your Home
Can’t say goodbye to some of your belongings? Don’t worry. Here at Treasure Island Storage, we offer unbeatable self-storage unit prices, so you can store those extra belongings without having to give them away. If you’re in New York or New Jersey, renting one of our state-of-the-art storage units may be your ticket out of a cluttered home and into an organized, comfortable space. At Treasure Island Storage, not only will your items be in a secure and monitored facility, but you will find ease knowing that your items are in a convenient location near you. Whether it’s convenience, dependability, or transparency, Treasure Island Storage is the best choice for storage. Start decluttering your home today by calling 646-603-1505 or completing a contact form today.