Getting rid of clutter is an exhilarating process.
All things in your home create an energy. If the item never lives out its purpose, in essence it is dead energetic weight. Once all of that extra stuff is gone, it is as if a dark veil has been lifted. Depending on how much you have can determine how long the project will take. Even the most organized people continually go through their things to remain clutter free. Regardless of how long it takes, it is worth all the work, and the final result will be a big relief. Start slowly and watch as this becomes easier.
Attempt to do one room at a time.
This will allow you to enjoy your clutter free success. Being able to see progress is encouraging, and this will make it more exciting as you tackle the rest of your home. Take a break between rooms and reward yourself.
Before beginning, visualize exactly how you would like the room you are working on to look.
Now remove all of the items that don’t fit this picture, this way you can get a good idea what your end result will be. It is good to designate a space in the room where you can look through everything.
If you don’t love it, or it is not essential to your well being, toss it. Make piles of things to sell, give away, recycle, and trash.
Make sure you shred important documents that don’t need to be kept. File any other paperwork in a simple method in a file cabinet. Put back misplaced items while creating a place for everything. If the item has no “home” decide if it is really necessary to keep it at all.
Things that can easily go:
1. Duplicates of items that you don’t need two of, and unused parts of complete sets.
2. If it’s broken and not fixable; trash it.
3. Any thing that has expired (ex. vitamins, medications).
4. A gift you’ve never used, worn, or read and don’t plan to.
5. Anything that you forgot you had, and haven’t thought about it for six months to a year. Having the space is more valuable than keeping unused items.
6. You don’t know why you have it, and you can’t remember when you last used it.
7. It doesn’t create any emotion whatsoever.
8. Someone else could use it more than you.
Allocate enough time to jump into this project so you are not rushed and overwhelmed. When you move into a new home it takes time to make it feel cozy. The same is true for creating a new haven in a pre-existing home. If your task seems too large, chose only part of a room to clear instead. Even 15-20 minutes a day will show great improvement. Know that your home will be full of new energy once it is all complete. Light a candle, have some tea, and enjoy your revived surroundings.