by Aminath Ifasa
  • 2 minute read
  • July 04, 2020
Here Are 5 Decluttering Tips And Tricks From Experts You Need To Know Right Now

Decluttering your homes can be therapeutic and gratifying. A cluttered space can be mentally draining and can impede your creative thought process and productivity. Cleaning out your space can also reduce stress and anxiety, letting you sleep better at night. To help you achieve your dream living and work space, with no clutter in sight, we’ve rounded up 5 expert tips and tricks. Read on.

Only keep items that spark joy – Marie Kondo

The queen of clean has spoken. The Japanese organizing consultant, who has authored a bestselling book – The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, divides her cleaning method into 5 categories of possessions: clothing, books, paper, miscellaneous things and sentimental items. Here’s her key tip: Hold each item in your hands to see if it sparks joy inside you. If not, thank the item for its service and pass it on to someone else who can use it.

Make it a habit – Gretchen Rubin

Rubin’s decluttering ideas are easy to incorporate into our daily lives. In her 2009 bestseller The Happiness Project, she says that even making your bed can induce a sense of joy in you. She holds that if any tidying task takes a minute or less to complete, do it as soon as you think of it. These little choices eventually become positive habits.

Don’t just organize, minimize – Joshua Becker

This media-savvy decluttering expert has three books, two digital magazines, an app and even an online course that reinstates his cleaning mantra – minimalism. He advises his followers to make cleaning a game by finding one item a day to give away, or by seeing how much decluttering you can do in five minutes. He says that some items can be subtracting from your life, rather than adding value to it. Discard these items to give your mind some space to breathe.

Add a little COLOR and fun to your cleaning routine – Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin

These two decluttering enthusiasts emphasize on how much fun cleaning can be with their celebrity-acclaimed business, The Home Edit. Their idea is simple – start off slowly with one small drawer and then work your way through the whole house. The Home Edit is known to spruce up your space by color coordinating everything in your home, from clothes in your wardrobe to the groceries in your refrigerator.

Declutter your mental baggage – Peter Walsh

This Australian-born master organizer hosted his own television reality show Clean Sweep in the early 2000s and has been Oprah’s favorite guest through the years. His philosophy of cleaning delves deeper into its province than just looking over things in your house. He believes that it’s impossible to deal with the clutter if you don’t understand what’s behind it. Unpack your mental baggage as it relates to possessions if you want your organizing efforts to have a lasting effect.

Cover image credit: @Leoniehanne

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