It’s time to live more mindfully and give your home a fresh new start!
Have you gotten swept up in the Marie Kondo decluttering wave yet? If you’re ready to make a change, you’re just in time for spring cleaning. Read ahead to find out how you can clear the clutter, live more mindfully and get rid of your hoarding habit for good!
Don’t wait to declutter
Often we come up with excuses to delay the packing process: “We’ll do it once we’ve bought boxes to sort the mess”, “I’ll wait until my friend comes over to see if she’d like these clothes” and so on. There’s no “right” time to declutter, the best time is now.
Toss things that don’t work or are broken
Got a big box of gadgets, chargers and clothes with missing buttons? If you’re being honest with yourself, you know you’ll never get around to fixing them. They cost a lot of money, you say? Ok, set a realistic deadline within a reasonable timeframe to get them repaired. Once that deadline has passed with no action, you owe it to yourself to throw away the damaged items instead of letting them cramp your space.
Identify what’s causing your hoarding habit
Are you overzealous with your shopping and hoarding because you didn’t have much when you were younger? Are you buying 10 copycat items that don’t quite match up to the splurge you’ve been eyeing? Perhaps you’re holding onto five of the same things because you think you might lose one, or stocking up on an item because you’re getting a very good deal. Identify your triggers and you may be able to curb your hoarding.
Get a friend to help
When your house is a mess, it takes some courage to invite a friend over to help (another sign that you know you have a problem), but your non-judgmental friend can help you whittle down your collection of 20 black dresses to just the essentials, along with your assortment of other random things.
Don’t just move things from one place to another
Put things in their right spot immediately so you don’t have to keep packing and repacking. Not putting things in their proper spot is also another reason why you keep buying multiples, because you don’t know where you left an item. If something needs to be thrown away, put it straight in the bin and not in another corner of the house.
Don’t be too attached to things
Organising expert Marie Kondo says to toss things if they don’t “spark joy”. Certainly not everything you have at home “sparks joy”, and those unwanted items should go. Also, get used to the idea of letting go of things by not being too possessive about your items. Let others borrow or touch them and start giving things away.