Are you tired of living in a nest of clutter? Getting rid of excess stuff and learning how to live with less can help you enjoy a simpler, more intentional life. Once you banish clutter from your home and take steps to reduce overconsumption, you’ll be surprised how much less time you spend cleaning and how much more money you can keep in the bank. And you don’t have to hire an expert to declutter your home effectively. Here are some tips to make decluttering easy, affordable, and sustainable!

Why Declutter?

Decluttering your home leads to a wide range of benefits for your brain and body, your bank account, and the environment. For example, decluttering is the first step in escaping excessive consumerism. Once you learn that you can live better with less stuff, you’ll be able to kill the urge to constantly buy new things.

Removing clutter from your home can also improve your mental health. According to Verywell Mind, research shows that clutter can contribute to depression, tension, confusion, and irritability. Decluttering your home is key to decluttering your mind!

Make Decluttering Easy

Few things are more overwhelming than a home filled with clutter. Take it step-by-step and break your decluttering project down into manageable chunks. There are many things you can do to make the process fun:

  • Take before and after pictures for motivation.
  • Set a timer and race against the clock.
  • Get a friend to help you install a DripDry dish rack inside a cabinet that hides clutter.
  • Start a decluttering challenge with a partner or roommate.
  • Play a popular decluttering game.

Dispose of Things Sustainably

What about all those things you no longer want? Instead of carting all your old stuff to the landfill, look for ways to dispose of your unwanted items more sustainably. For example, Going Zero Waste suggests selling your gently-used clothing or swapping with friends for their unwanted items. Make donations to specific charities instead of dropping everything off at a local thrift store. You can also upcycle ripped or stained clothing into rags to be used for cleaning.

Repair Your Items

As you’re decluttering, you’ll likely come across a few things that are broken. Test your repair skills before you decide to toss these items and replace them with new products. Learn how to mend holes in clothing and repair simple appliances like stuck fans. When you come across something beyond your repair skills, call an expert! Often, it’s more cost-effective to have something repaired than to replace it, especially when you factor in the environmental cost of adding it to the landfill.

Buy Only What You Need

Decluttering is not a one-time thing, but an ongoing process. Maintain your decluttered home by making a commitment to reducing your consumption. Buy only what you need so you can keep clutter from piling up again, reduce your impact on the environment, and save your money for things that really matter. If you have a habit of splurging, curb your temptation by staying off online shopping websites, unsubscribing from retail emails, and delaying purchases instead of buying things on a whim.

Embracing minimalism doesn’t have to mean giving away all your stuff and living in a stark empty house. Even if you just do a bit of decluttering, you’ll notice a difference in how you feel when you go about daily life at home. Ease into a more minimal lifestyle for yourself and the planet!

Charlotte Meier

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