The Art Of Decluttering (How To Declutter Like A Pro)

Declutter your home for less stress

Clutter can cause us stress, anxiety, and makes us feel overwhelmed. And who wants that? Letting go of one's possessions can lead to a simpler, more fulfilling life. Who does want that??  Follow these little tips here and start decluttering your possesions today. You will be thankful you did. Trust me, I'm a doctor. (Totally not a doctor).

Updated 17-10-23

The Benefits of Decluttering Your Possessions

A cluttered home can also lead to feelings of overwhelm and anxiety, as we may feel like we are constantly surrounded by chaos. On the other hand, a spacious and organised home can create a sense of calm and tranquilly. 

By having less clutter, we can save money in the long run, as we are less likely to buy unnecessary items or lose track of things we already own. Creating a more minimalist and streamlined living space can have a positive impact on our mental and emotional well-being as well as our physical environment.

Assessing Your Relationship with Your Possessions

Understanding why you hold onto certain possessions can help you let go. Ask yourself if an item brings you joy or serves a practical purpose. Consider the emotional attachment you have to certain possessions. Sometimes we hold onto things because they remind us of a certain time or place in our lives. It's important to recognise these emotional attachments and decide if they are truly serving us.

Start by asking yourself these questions:

  • How much time and money do I spend acquiring and maintaining my possessions?

  • Do I feel a sense of attachment or emotional connection to my possessions?

  • How often do I use or wear my possessions?

  • Do my possessions bring me joy and enhance my life, or do they cause stress and clutter?

  • Am I able to let go of possessions that no longer serve a purpose in my life?

  • Do I feel guilty or ashamed about the number of possessions I have?

  • How do my possessions impact my relationships with others?

  • Am I able to prioritise experiences and relationships over material possessions?

  • Do I feel a sense of identity or status based on the possessions I own?

  • 10. How would my life be different if I had fewer possessions?

Identifying What to Keep and What to Let Go

When it comes to decluttering your possessions, it can be helpful to create categories to make the process more manageable. One effective way to categorise your items is to use labels like keep, donate, sell, or recycle. This can help you make clear decisions about what to do with each item and avoid getting overwhelmed by the task at hand. When deciding which category an item belongs in, always be honest with yourself about whether you truly need and use it.
Consider the space you have available and the purpose of each item. If something is taking up valuable space but isn't serving a useful function, it may be time to let it go. Another helpful rule of thumb is to consider how long it's been since you last used an item. If it's been over a year and you haven't missed it, it's probably safe to assume that you don't need it anymore.

Sorting Your Possessions

Start with one room or category at a time. This will help prevent overwhelm and make the process more manageable. Use the "one in, one out" rule to prevent future clutter. Create designated spaces for items and label them clearly. This will make it easier to find things and put them away. Implement storage solutions such as bins, baskets, and shelves to maximise space and keep things organised. Regularly declutter and donate items that are no longer needed or used.
Remember to make decluttering a regular habit by setting aside time each week or month to tackle a specific area or category. Fix the problem before it becomes a problem!

Letting Go of Sentimental Items: Coping with Emotional Attachments

Letting go of sentimental items can be difficult, but it's important to remember that memories are not tied to possessions. Here are some tips to follow:

  1. Take your time: Give yourself time to process your emotions and come to terms with letting go of the item. Rushing the process may lead to regret or feelings of loss

  2. Focus on the memories: Instead of focusing on the physical item, focus on the memories associated with it. Write down or share stories about the item and the memories it holds.

  3. Consider taking a photo: If you are struggling to let go of an item, consider taking a photo of it instead. This way, you can still have a visual reminder of the item without having to physically keep it.

  4. Donate or gift the item: If you feel guilty about getting rid of an item, consider donating it or giving it to someone who will appreciate it. This way, you can feel good about passing on the sentimental value of the item to someone else.

  5. Create a memory box: If you have multiple sentimental items that you are struggling to let go of, consider creating a memory box where you can store them all together. This way, you can still access them when needed, but they are not taking up unnecessary space in your home.

Maintaining a Clutter-Free Home: Habits to Adopt

  1. Put things away immediately after use: This is one of the most important habits to adopt. When you're done using something, put it back in its designated spot right away. This will prevent clutter from accumulating on surfaces.

  2. Declutter regularly: Set aside time every few months to go through your belongings and get rid of anything you no longer need or use. This will help keep your home organised and prevent clutter from building up.

  3. Have a designated spot for everything: Make sure everything in your home has a designated spot where it belongs. This will make it easier to put things away and prevent clutter from accumulating.

  4. Use storage solutions: Invest in storage solutions like shelves, baskets, and bins to help keep your belongings organised and out of sight.

  5. Don't bring in more than you need: Be mindful of what you bring into your home. Before making a purchase, ask yourself if you really need it and if you have space for it.

  6. Clean as you go: When you're cooking or doing other tasks around the house, clean up as you go. This will prevent messes from piling up and make cleaning easier in the long run.

  7. Make your bed every day. Making your bed every day is a simple habit that can make a big difference in how tidy your bedroom looks.

You can also read my decluttering checklist for some more inspiriation!