The Secret Decluttering Hack No One Talks About

Simply + Fiercely

If you want less clutter in your home and life, one of the best ways to begin is by doing more of what matters.

This is important for a few reasons. First, the obvious: you only have one life, so make sure you enjoy the journey!

After all, tomorrow is never promised (something I understand more than most). But, on a more practical note, doing more of what makes you happy now is actually a secret decluttering tip.

This hack is a great way to get on top of your clutter because it reduces the mental load associated with decluttering.

Snowball Method for decluttering

Choose one item you already know you want to declutter. Before you get rid of it, pause and look for concrete reasons why you don’t want that item anymore. Look for more reasons why you don’t want the new item … and repeat the process.

Here’s how it works:

Wanting to keep things “just in case” is a common decluttering challenge, and it’s made worse because humans have an innate negativity bias.

Change the way you look at “just in case” items

Reduce the fear of giving something up by addressing it head-on. Next time you want to declutter something, but you’re afraid of giving it up, ask yourself this question: “If I needed this item and didn’t have it, what are five things I could do instead?”

Whether you realise it, everything you own has a cost. We spend money when we buy things and often spend even more caring for or storing them.

Name your tradeoffs

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