When you’re done adding things to your home, it can feel like a relief. The list of things to do never end, and the more time you spend on it, the more cluttered it gets. You start feeling overwhelmed and find yourself moving mountains just to scratch the surface. The good news is that decluttering to downsize doesn’t have to be hard or scary. It’s a process that can be both enjoyable and challenging simultaneously. You can declutter and reduce clutter without making any significant changes.

Get to Know Your Stuff

Before you start decluttering to downsize, you first need to get to know your stuff. This might sound corny, but you’d be surprised how much stuff ends up in the home that you don’t use or even know about. When you first start decluttering, you may find that you have a ton of stuff. And while it’s nice to have some extra space to store things you no longer need, you also have to consider the long-term implications of storing things you don’t use or wear. You end up with a cluttered mind, which can be hard to control. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, you can start phasing out some of your less useful items.

Have a Well-Designed Space

After you’ve gotten to know your stuff, it’s time to design your space to make it easier to organise. Your house should feel open and airy, not stuffy or dark. As you begin to declutter, you may discover that you have a lot of room to improve. If not, the biggest mistake you can make is to keep adding stuff to your home. Once your space is under control, you can focus on getting rid of the rest. If you’re unsure where to start, try looking at some of the organising articles and videos on YouTube. There are lots of great ideas and tutorials out there that can help you get started.

Build Up Your Storage

Organise your items by creating a system. If you have a lot of clothes and shoes, keep them in a pile of clothes that you can easily grab when you’re in a particular situation. If you have a lot of books, keep them in a pile of books that you can easily lose yourself in. Your storage system should take into consideration how often you’ll be using your items and where they’ll go. If you have a large family, you may want to subdivide your storage space into smaller areas so that you can keep track of which items go where and when.

Use Less Stuff

The best way to declutter is to use less stuff. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, you’ll probably feel attached to things you never use. That’s perfectly normal. You can do a couple of things to make the process a little easier. The first is to think about how you’re going to use the item and if it makes sense to keep it. The other thing you can do is to think about how you’re going to store the item so that you don’t keep adding to your collection.

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