Most of us love the idea of living in a clutter free home. We want a simple life that isn't intruded upon by unnecessary material objects.
As a result, many of us have considered what it would be like to live with less stuff. After all, it's our desire for stuff that led us down the road to greater debts and unhappiness.
Now we want to reverse that trend. We want a house that is more Zen, and less mayhem. So what creative ways are there to declutter our houses and return to a simpler, calmer existence?
Use The Four Box Method
Get four boxes and label them trash, give away, keep and relocate. The go through each room systematically and decide to which of the four boxes each object belongs.
Be ruthless in your approach. Don't allow any object to escape classification, even if it takes you a long time. Before long, though, you'll know which possessions you want to keep and which you want to get rid of. The four box method gives you a clear rationale for why you own each item in your house. And if there isn't a good reason, it's gone.
Get Psychological On Yourself
Often the barriers to decluttering are psychological. When we try to get rid of stuff we play games with ourselves. We imagine we need the things we have more than we do.
A good remedy is to ask yourself how much you'd be willing to pay for the objects in your house in their present condition. It's a way of finding out right now if you really want them or not. Often you'll find that, right now, you want to spend very little on them. And if you don't want to spend a lot on them, it's likely you don't really value them all that much.
Grab A Bin Bag
Grabbing a bin bag can be a big motivation for getting the process of decluttering going. And remember, just because you're putting stuff in a bin bag, doesn't mean it's headed for landfill. Many companies will take electrical waste and pass it on to charities. For further info click here.
Give Away Something Everyday
Often we tell ourselves that we can't throw away our stuff because it could still be useful to somebody else. Here's an idea, give away one thing that you don't need everyday. If you keep it up for a year, that's 365 things that you don't need that have found new homes. That's quite impressive when you think about it.
Use The Hanger MethodThe hanger method was first popularised by Oprah Winfrey over in the states. It works like this. The first thing you need to do is hang all your clothes up the wrong way around. Then, keep wearing clothes as you normally would. But when you put them back in the wardrobe, put them in facing the right way. Then after six months you should be able to clearly see the clothes that you do wear and those that you don't.