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Our Top Tips For A Clutter-Free Life

August 24, 2018 3 comments

Our Top Tips For A Clutter-Free Life

Change your mindset

In a consumer-driven culture, a lot of us have too much stuff. We tend to squeeze as much as we can in our space so unnecessarily. If you are someone who finds it hard to let go of things, then changing your mindset will help you immensely. You really need to assess the importance you are putting on ‘things’ when truly the importance should be on people, life experiences and creating memories. The fear of losing something vital can all scupper our efforts to declutter, and often it feels easier to simply shove everything back into your cupboards than confront such feelings.

Start small

Don’t panic — you don’t have to get rid of everything that is only used occasionally. However, if any item only gets used sporadically it shouldn’t take up your prime storage areas. In the world of economics. Costs that have already been incurred and cannot be recovered are referred to as sunk costs. As you go through the items in your house, most things should be considered sunk costs (except for rare situations where an item may have increased in value). Since you cannot get the money back that you spent on that item, you should only think about the value that thing can add to your life in the future. Understanding this concept of sunk costs can help you make more rational decisions about what to keep and what you should toss.

Do you really need it?

This may seem obvious, but sometimes we keep things we don’t even like. Yes, sometimes we spend money on things we don’t love, and sometimes we don’t return them. But if you don’t love it. And you haven’t used it in more than 6 months, seriously think about getting rid of it. If unsure, sleep on it. After you’ve made the decision to get rid of some of the clutter in your home. If there’s something you can’t live without, you’ll know in the morning. You can pull it out of the junk pile and put it away.

Use the one in, one out rule

Whenever you bring something new home, you have to throw out or donate something else. You can even implement this room-by-room – it will make you think about where you will keep this new thing.

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3 Comments

  1. I’ve been using the ‘do we really need itt’ rule recently too. It’s amazing how much stuff we hoard without any plans of ever using it again!

  2. My wife doesn’t allow clutter! When we are getting rid of something, we always have a good think about how we could re-use/upcycle/recycle the item first. Even if it means taking the item to pieces and saving useful bits like screws and nuts & bolts etc…

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