Most of us are guilty of hoarding a tremendous amount of stuff over the years that we simply can't seem to part with. Trouble is, once it starts to take up space, it can feel cramped and unorganized. Decluttering isn't just about clearing your home of clutter, period. For many of us, decluttering can have a positive impact on mental health. It is great for the mind and overall well-being, creating a calm and more productive environment.

A good deep cleaning and organization can go a long way in rightsizing your life. Having less clutter in your home will make you feel better about your space and overall goals, leading to a happier and more positive day-to-day life.

While it can seem overwhelming you can declutter your home you can take small steps that over time can have a large impact. Here are some quick tips to get started:

  • Get in the right frame of mind
  • Begin with the room that will give you the most satisfaction
  • Take small steps. Get rid of at least one item each day
  • Declutter the easy stuff first
  • Put disposal plan in place
  • Decide to not keep things out of guilt or obligation
  • Don’t be afraid to let go
  • Find creative storage solutions
  • Rethink how you use your spaces
  • Stop the flow of stuff coming in
  • Keep going

For a list of 10 principles to reduce clutter and some great furniture and organizer ideas, please see this article from Willow Valley Communities.

For a more step-by-step way to organize and approach decluttering, please see this article from Jane-athome.

An interesting article about how expert explain why we can get so emotionally attached to things appears on this article from Good Housekeeping.