Best ways to Declutter Living Spaces
The average Joe will spend a total of 3,600 hours, or 150 days of their life, searching for lost or misplaced items. That’s a crazy amount of time that could be spent doing something else a bit more interesting. Unfortunately, decluttering our spaces usually only comes to mind when we’re getting ready to move.
The 5- box approach
Whether you’re re-locating or just want to save time and space, this easy five- box approach is a great way to start organizing your environment. Sometimes decluttering the home can be overwhelming. However, applying the five-box approach to reorganizing and discarding items may help you feel less anxious and more in control of the process.
Box 1: Items that need to be put away. Place items that belong somewhere else in the home in this box. Eventually, you’ll put them away; the intention is to put them somewhere while you’re clearing a room.
Box 2: Items to be fixed. Place items that you plan to fix or that need to be washed or cleaned in this box, such as gadgets, dirty socks or scuffed shoes.
Box 3: Items to donate. Items in this bin are in good condition, but you no longer use them. They can be given to family or friends, sold online or donated to a local charity.
Box 4: Items to be recycled. This is where you’ll place items made of plastic, paper or glass that you don’t want. Add all empty bottles, containers, and newspapers and magazines.
Box 5: Items to discard: Place expandable items in this box that you can’t recycle or donate.
What about Sentimental Items?
Many of us have items that are really tough to part with because there’s a memory or other sentimental feeling attached. Here are a few tips for handling sentimental items that may start to create clutter.
Decide if its worth keeping. If you use or enjoy the item, hang on to it. However, you may not need to retain every piece of artwork your kids have created. You could always ask a relative or friend when deciding which to keep.
Choose a few items that remind you of a loved one. If you’ve inherited many heirlooms, see if other members of your family would like some as well. Donate the rest.
Keep in mind; you can get rid of an item without getting rid of the memory. Take a quick photo of the item to place in a journal or scrapbook and write what is means to you.
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