Two Step Approach to Decluttering

2 steps Approach = Categorize items + Focus on Keeping not Throwing.

Things come into your life for a reason, season or lifetime, once you know which is which, you will know exactly what to do.

All you need to do is take the time to get acquainted with each item in your home and make a decision about its role in your life.

The biggest problem you will face with organizing your stuff is that you will have too much in each category. So you have to address each category one at a time, and reduce a little bit of everything. Instead of deciding what to throw, focus on what to keep. This is popularly known as the KonMari method (which has changed my life).

Marie Kondo has gifted the world with two groundbreaking approaches about decluttering.

  1. One is to work with categories instead of rooms.  Work with one category at a time. Start with clothes, then deal with books, papers, miscellaneous and lastly, memorabilia. It needs to be done one category at a time and each category needs to be tackled in one fell sweep.
  2. Second is to pick what you need to keep, instead of what you want to throw. Going through this process will encourage you to be more intentional about the items you choose to keep at home. It is a process that gets easier with time.

It can be the most life changing experience. You might break away from the consumerism trap. Once you have your stuff under control, you will feel liberated on multiple levels. Then the process of organization becomes super easy. You will be able to reach into a drawer or cabinet and find exactly what you are looking for.

The biggest benefit you will have is the feeling of lightness – physical, mental and emotional lightness and a sense of clarity.

In the future, make the choice of buying well-designed, functional items of daily use, so that whatever is in sight looks beautiful and you don’t feel the need to buy additional ‘decorative’ pieces.

In the end, it drives home the concept that YOU having control of what you get to keep in your life.

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Richa brings you only the most practical, to-the-point, no-nonsense information that helps turn your house into your dream home. She has a passion for simplifying design concepts that you can actually put to use. She has a degree in Architecture, over thirty published articles, a life blog and has co-authored the bestseller 'My First Home' with Shashank Shekhar.


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