Eliminating unwanted items from your home doesn’t have to be left to the spring. You can clear the clutter anytime. It’s a surefire way to gain more physical space and improve your mental well-being. To make the decluttering process much more efficient, avoid these six common mistakes others often make.
Mistake #1: Thinking you Need to Throw Everything Away
Typically, when people think about decluttering, they falsely assume that any and all clutter should just be thrown away. Their reasoning is that if clothing and other items have been strewn around the home for a long time, they are obviously not important and it would be easiest to just toss them out. However, don’t make this mistake, as it can lead to unnecessary waste in landfills. You may have friends and family who would love the items you no longer want, or you can donate them to charitable causes that need them.
Mistake #2: Keeping an Item you Don’t Need
On that same note, don’t make the mistake of holding onto an article of clothing or other product because you think you might use it in the future. If the item has been sitting in the back of your closet or laying forgotten underneath your bed for months, then donate it or try to sell it. You get the benefit of less clutter (and perhaps some extra pocket money) and the item will go to someone who truly wants to use it.
Mistake #3: Starting the Decluttering Process without Planning Piles
When you finally decide to declutter and organize your home, it can be tempting to just go all-in and start tossing all the items strewn about into one box to sort through later. However, you will streamline the whole process if you plan out your piles first — you can designate a pile of items you will keep, a pile to donate, a pile to sell and a pile to throw away. Then, you can sort all of the items as you go.
Mistake #4: Decluttering with Everything Still in the Space
Many people make the mistake of decluttering their drawers, closets and entire rooms with all of the items still in the space. Don’t commit this blunder, as you can really optimize the decluttering process by first emptying out the closet/room/space before sorting the items. You will be much more cognizant of the items you decide to place back in the space and give greater consideration to whether you really want to hold onto certain items you haven’t used in a long time. Also, you won’t overlook items that may be hidden under others.
Mistake #5: Keeping Clutter for a Garage Sale that Isn’t on the Calendar
Garage sales are an effective way to rid your home of items you no longer need, make a little profit and give someone else the chance to enjoy your old items at a very low price. However, if you want to have a garage sale to sell your old items, it is absolutely key to schedule the day and time you plan to hold it. Otherwise, you may end up having to keep pushing the garage sale out as other obligations come up, all the while still holding onto a bunch of items cluttering up your space.
Mistake #6: Decluttering without a Goal and Intention for Your Space
Having a goal you want to achieve for your space will further optimize the decluttering process. Do you finally want to sort through that jumbled junk drawer in your kitchen? Are you ready to organize all the clothes in your master bedroom’s closet? Do you have a ton of makeup and other beauty products you really want to declutter and organize? Set your goal and declutter accordingly. This will prevent you from being distracted by clutter in other spaces. As you achieve one goal, you can then set another for a new space.
Christina Giaquinto is the professional organizer and brand ambassador of Modular Closets, which specializes in DIY customizable closet units that organize any space in your home. Christina focuses on giving her clients the tools, methods and techniques to transform their lives and homes through decluttering and organizing. She combines spiritual coaching and organizing to help her clients let go of things that do not spark joy and happiness.
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