Change your mindset
In a consumer-driven culture, a lot of us have too much clutter. We tend to squeeze as much as we can into 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.
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 decided 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.