It’s not that I liked being surrounded by all of these useless things—I actually hated it—but it was always hard for me to cut those emotional ties. I ended up with a lot of accumulated clutter. About a year ago, though, I finally had enough and got rid of most of the “stuff” I’d been holding onto. Here’s how I did it, and how you can beat the clutter too.
Put Nostalgia on Hold
The hardest part of throwing things away was beating the feeling of nostalgia that came with each item. I learned that the best time to go through things was when I wasn’t feeling sentimental but when I was feeling agitated at the mess. Then, nothing was holding me back from tossing things away.
Ask yourself, will I be using this in the next 6 months? If the honest answer is no then you have a big clue that this is just another piece of clutter. Don’t keep things that you won’t use.
On the flip side, have you used this item in the last year? Sometimes we still hold onto that belief that we’ll eventually use something. But if you haven’t used it in a year, chances are that you won’t be using it…ever.
Complete the Quick Stuff
A lot of my mess came from the pileup of things that would’ve taken me two minutes to complete. For example, I’ll get home one day and instead of taking 30 seconds to put my coat on a hanger, I’ll throw it on the floor. Three days later, I have a pile of items up to my waist to dig through if I want to find my coat. If something will only take you a minute, just get it done.
A Spot for Everything
Having a designated spot for everything you own helps keep things in place. When something needs to be put away, you’ll be able to just put it in it’s place instead of setting it somewhere while you try to figure out where it should go.