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Are you feeling a little overwhelmed by the post-holiday excess all around you? Have the past several years of your family’s success with Santa left your closets, garage, attic, and office filled to the rafters? If so, it may be time for some creative clutter-busting strategies. Here are eight ways to kick the new year off right by kicking the clutter habit now:
Start with three questions - Cut through your material clutter by cutting through the mental clutter that often makes it difficult to part with things. With each item you consider, ask yourself: Do I love it? Do I use it? Will I ever need it? If your response to each of these questions is “no,” then it’s much easier to rationalize passing the item along and letting it find a new home.
Target one area at a time - It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of stuff that most of us live with. Instead of diving right in and burning out quickly, focus on one area of your home or office at a time. Because a little positive reinforcement never hurts, start with the easiest areas first. Declutter a chest of drawers, a hall closet, one kitchen cupboard, or a single drawer in your desk. Then, use that momentum to move on to the next spot. If it helps, make a list of all the clutter hot spots that need attention and check each one off as you calm the chaos.
Get rid of one item per day - If taming the clutter in your environment seems like an impossible task, start slowly. Decide to rid yourself of just a single item per day but be determined and relentless. As the weeks and months pass, you’ll begin to notice and enjoy the extra elbow room your efforts have created.
Adopt a one-in-one-out rule - To achieve and maintain a clutter-free home or office, adopt a zero accumulation habit. For every new item that comes into your space, make sure one item goes. Donate or sell usable items and toss what’s left.
Think inside the box - The four-box method is a tried-and-true way to quickly get a handle on large amounts of clutter while still ensuring that each item is consciously considered. To begin, get four large boxes and assign each box one of these labels: donate, sell, trash/recycle…