Apart from your office, your home is where you spend most of your time, and a messy and cluttered home can add to your daily stress. Here are some tips on how to declutter your living space and get some peace of mind.

HOW TO GET STARTED?

You will need only 10 minutes a day to go through a pile of clothes, or declutter a table, counter, cabinet, or shelf. Start from the first thing on the pile and ask yourself: Do I need this? Do I use it? Do I love it? If any of these answers are no, then it’s time to get rid of it. You can sell it, donate, recycle or give it to someone who might want it. The place you chose for the items you’re going to keep will be their “home” from now on, and you should always put them there. Continue with these 10-minute sessions until you go through your whole house.

MEMENTOS AND INHERITANCES 

You have to remember that your house is not a museum! You’re not a bad person if you throw away a gift or a childhood memento, you need to get rid of clutter. If you choose to keep something, consider it a replacement. If you want to keep that mirror your grandma gave you, get rid of the one you already own and vice versa. The key to parting with mementos is to look at them not as memories, but as objects. When you throw away that old vase where you kept the flowers you got on your first date with your husband, you’re not throwing away the memory, only an old cracked vase.

CLEANING OUT YOUR CLOSET

If you’re not careful, your closet can soon become a place you store things you don’t want or need, but don’t want to throw out. Again, do the toss-donate-keep routine. Try to keep only the clothes you really wear and love and get rid of everything you haven’t worn in a year.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR DRAWERS

Just like closets, drawers are perfect for cramming things into, and keeping them out of sight. Clean out your drawers, keep, toss or donate every item.

APPLICANCES

The machines you’re not using or those which are broken just take up space and serve no purpose. Don’t keep something just because you might use it someday, maybe get it fixed sometime, or because it was your wedding gift.

SIMPLIFY YOUR ROOMS

If you feel your rooms are cluttered, start by cleaning up the floors. Move everything to countertops, shelves, dressers and desks. Then you can move on to the furniture. Do you need every piece you own? You can sort things into piles: toss, donate and keep piles, but make sure to put everything you’ve decided to keep in its assigned place. Do this with every room, and soon you will see how much better you feel! Finish off with a good air purifier. Do some research, read air purifier reviews and get the one that best fits your lifestyle.

YOUR BASEMENT OR GARAGE

This is a tricky one! First, get rid of the garbage: broken and unsalvageable. The best tactic is to go category by category. Do Christmas decorations, boxes of clothes, old books and dusty records. Do the good ol’ toss-donate-keep routine and be persistent. Get some storage bins or rolling shelves and give every object their home. Now you’ll have no clutter and a nice storage system.

Decluttering is not about getting rid of everything you own and becoming a different person. It’s about regaining control, about a willingness to change for the better, and about bringing order into your home, life and mind. Try it yourself.

Samantha,

Daily Zen.

Author Bio – Samantha has a B.Sc. in nutrition, and has spent two years working as a personal trainer. Since then, she has embarked on a mission to conquer the blogosphere. When not in the gym or on the track, you can find her on twitter, or in a tea shop.

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