There are two types of people in the world: Hoarders and Chuckers. Hoarders are your one-stop shop whenever you need something completely random (newspaper clippings from 1999, anyone?), simply because they keep anything and everything. Chuckers are those who, well, probably have the tidiest, most minimalist homes because they do what they do best: declutter and throw things away.
I’m quite possibly a Hoarder, but even I’ve reached my limit. A fellow Hoarder friend couldn’t stop raving about a book by Kondo, which led me to Google it myself. I found more than just Kondo, and have compiled a quick cheat sheet on some tips that actually worked (for me)! Anyone wants in on Project Decluttering in time for the New Year? Read on!
TIP 1: SORT BY TYPE, NOT BY ROOM.
The most useful thing I got out of Kondo was: Start sorting through the same kind of items first, rather than going through the bedroom, then the living room… Meaning, if you’re going to start with clothes, pull those out from every nook and cranny of the house (not just from your wardrobe) – and start categorizing!
I started with my bags because they’re pretty much all in the same place, and that made it easier for me to start the decluttering process. Which brings me to the next tip!
TIP 2: START EASY
That means leaving those sentimental gifts, love letters and even functional items for later. Begin sorting through things that you can make a snappy decision about first. When things move fast at the start, you build a sort of momentum that keeps you going with Project Declutter.
TIP 3: HOLD IT. DO YOU FEEL A SPARK OF JOY?
Kondo suggests picking each item up and then asking yourself the fundamental question: Does it spark joy? Do you feel instantaneous delight, right then and there – and not a minute later, not after you’ve talked yourself into it, but at that precise moment? Yes? It’s a keeper. No? Chuck it.
TIP 4: DON’T LET GUILT BE THE REASON.
More importantly, don’t keep something because you feel guilty about getting rid of it. Did someone spend a lot of money on that wallet? Did you, and then never used it? I felt the same guilt too, but then I asked myself: Why should I hold onto something that I know I’ll eventually throw out 5 years down, for the same reason I want to now? You can make it easier on yourself and try heeding Kondo’s whacky advice of thanking the item out loud, and then just let it go.
TIP 5: DON’T KEEP IT IF YOU WON’T BUY IT NOW.
I’m a grave offender of keeping clothes from more than 10 years back. It’s a mixture of holding onto the familiar and a “wear it till you wear it out” mentality. To make things easier on myself (and my wardrobe), I made a pact to give each old piece of clothing a last lease of life, a final wear – before removing it from my closet permanently. While still a WIP, I’ve thrown three articles so far… and that’s still progress!
A FINAL TIP?
Don’t just depend on this article – everyone’s unique, and different things work for one person to the next. That’s why there are so many resources out there for you to figure out what truly works for you when decluttering. Take the time to figure which is the right method for you.
THEN JUST START!
P.S. If you’re looking to declutter your space for a period for whatever reason, consider Spaceship – a local storage solutions provider.
P.P.S Done clearing your home for the new year? Scoot here for more reading on getting party-ready skin!