We all have that hamster inside of us making us keep all useless junk instead of throwing it out. Of course, this hoarder’s impact varies from person to person, but most people would agree that they have some extra stuff in their home that isn’t good for anything. There are all sorts of mementos, gifts, and random thingies imaginary labelled as “I might need this someday”. Truth be told, in most cases, that day never comes and all you’re left with is a bunch of useless crap. Having that in mind, we’ll use some wisdom learned from the genius book by Marie Kondo and share some awesome tips with you on how to break the endless loop of cluttering.
Tackle categories for efficiency
Instead of dealing with your mess room by room, it’s smarter to go category by category. If you’re on clothes, gather all the clothes you have around the house and only after you’ve piled them all in one place, will you be able to see the whole picture. This will enable you to decide quickly which items you should keep and which should go to charity. The same principle goes for each category. If it’s cosmetics, books, electronics or anything, once you have all the data, you’ll easily choose what goes away and what stays.
All the stuff that belongs to a category and doesn’t have its place should go in a box. There are transparent plastic boxes that are very convenient for organizing your stuff. You can also use cute personalized labels to mark every box and every place that needs a reminder of what is it for. It doesn’t seem ideal, but it’s much better than having a bunch of stuff lying around. The key to keeping things organized is assigning a place for each item in your home. As this is quite impossible without boxes, things that are rarely used or used only seasonally can be placed here and put away in a storage room or attic.
You probably already know how the selection process works. If you haven’t used it in a year, it can go away in most cases. However, you may be too mild during your process of selection. This is why it isn’t enough to simply do this once. After the first round, take the chosen items only and repeat the process until you throw all the extra stuff and see that you are left with only necessities and memories.
Lose the paperwork
I used to think I need to save all my notebooks from school and uni if someday my children may need them. However, that is absolutely insane as nobody will ever open the notebooks again. When dealing with papers, you need two categories – the paper that needs to be dealt with and the ones you need to save such as a birth certificate and other documents, as well as the ones that carry a lot of memories. The golden rule for everything else is that notebooks and copied notebooks don’t mean anything. Books are a different subject, but if you do have too many and some of them you no longer want inside your home, your local library would gladly accept any donation, so keep that in mind.
Finally, try your best not to let nostalgia control your actions. This means that tickets for the movie, theatre, museum or a bus somewhere should not be kept. You must have other memories from that trip that can replace these. If you have photos, you can get adequate frames and create a small family corner where you’ll be displaying them. It’s completely up to you as long as it makes sense.