Why don’t you try? : Try these tips to start decluttering
1. Follow the 80/20 Rule
80% of the time, we generally only wear 20% of the clothing we own. This rule tends to be true for other things as well, such as video games, computers, electronics and books, DVDs, toys and more. Your mission is to get rid of the things you *don’t* use 80% of the time.
2. Forget About Sunk Costs
In economics, costs that have already been incurred and cannot be recovered are referred to as sunk costs. Unless an item has increased in value, which is rare, consider most items as a sunk cost.
Since you cannot get the money back that you spent on each item, you should only think about the value that thing can add to your life in the future. Understanding this concept can help you make more rational decisions about what to keep and what you should throw away.
3. Check if the Item Works
If a certain treasure you found stashed away doesn’t function properly, get rid of it. If you want to fix it (and are confident in your skills to do so), then fix it right away. Otherwise, it will continue to sit unused, collecting dust.
4. Think of the Last Time You Needed It
If you come across something you haven’t used in the last six months, you should probably get rid of it. If you pulled the item out and said, â€œI’ve been wondering where this was!â€ you should probably get rid of it. And if you didn’t even know you still had the item in question, you should definitely get rid of it. You didn’t miss it enough to warrant keeping it in your home.
5. Track Which Items You Actually Use
Follow this useful decluttering tip for clothing, books and DVDs. Over the course of a year, when you use or wear an item, put it back facing the opposite direction of the others. This allows you to see what you’ve used and what you haven’t. If you haven’t used or worn something at the end of the year, get rid of it.
6. Ask Yourself if You Love It
This tip may seem obvious, but sometimes we keep things we aren’t totally crazy about. Think about a time you spent money on something you didn’t love, but didn’t return to the store. If you don’t love an item, and you haven’t used it for more than 6 months, add it to the â€œGet Rid Ofâ€ bin.
7. Sleep On It
Once you’ve made the decision to get rid of all your home’s clutter, sleep on it. If there’s anything you can’t live without, you’ll know by the morning. You can pull it out of the junk bin and put it away where it belongs.
8. Start With Small Projects That Feel Big
Feeling overwhelmed about how to start decluttering? Before you commit to decluttering an entire room, start with a few small projects that will give you a sense of accomplishment when you’re done. This will help build motivation to tackle lengthier jobs and eventually lead to a big change in your clutter level.
9. Clear Off Flat Surfaces
Countertops, shelves and other flat surfaces are clutter magnets. If you need to keep a few things out on your counters, that’s okay, but you should make it a goal to free all surfaces of most clutter. Make space in drawers, or add small boxes or bins to your shelves for paper items. You can keep frequently-used small appliances on kitchen countertops, but the rest should be put away or donated if they’re rarely used.
10. Keep Like-Things Together
When decluttering your home, it’s important to categorize things as you go through them. Keeping like-things together actually forces you to organize the house and will make your daily life easier. Store each category of item close to where they’ll be used, so you know where they are when you need them.
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Speak to your loved one this week about the problems this creates for providing adequate care and maintaining safety, Create an action plan for what to look at first, Could they help a local charity with donations?,
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