Minimalist Tips For Decluttering That Work

Simply + Fiercely

As a former shopaholic turned minimalist, I know that decluttering can feel overwhelming.

It’s easy to start motivated, but when you have a LOT of stuff to deal with, it wears you down, and before you know it, you’re stuck.

If this sounds familiar, then rest assured you’re not alone. I’ve been there too, and I promise these decluttering tips will help.

One way to reduce the number of decisions is to create rules for decluttering. Ask yourself what broad generalizations you can make about what you will or won’t keep.

Use “rules” to help you declutter

The first step is understanding why you are keeping something and how it will improve your life. This gives you a clear goal.

Ask, “How does this add value to my life?”

Set a timer for five minutes, and if you can’t decide in that time, put it aside and move on. I think you’ll find you get a lot more done that way!

Don’t spend more than 5 minutes on one item

I like to put this pile somewhere obvious – like the dining room table – so that I can tackle it soon. But don’t overlook the fact that the real work happens inside your heart and mind.

Try using a “maybe” pile

If you’re struggling to declutter a particular item, then I highly encourage you to talk about the challenges you’re experiencing. If you have a family member or friend who can help you through the process, rely on them.

Talk about your decluttering struggles

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