Maybe you're getting ready to move and you can't believe how much you've accumulated during your most recent lease. Maybe you're doing the last of the autumn cleaning, getting ready for the long, indoor months ahead by minimizing the number of dust collectors sitting out. Whatever the reason for thinking of decluttering, it's important that you understand that the idea of a one-off home decluttering process is more myth than reality. Simply going through your home to get rid of unwanted and unused items won't solve your clutter problem.
The Truth About Decluttering
Even if you were to get rid of, sell, recycle, and donate fifty percent of your possessions, that would only be a start to decluttering, not the end-all decluttering experience. The reason why a single purge isn't sufficient is simple: You're going to immediately begin accumulating more stuff to fill all that newly empty space again. It may take weeks, or maybe just a few days, but soon enough you'll have more stuff in your space again, cluttering up your line of vision and gathering dust all over the home.
Many people are stuck in the cycle of purge, refill, purge again. It can be self-perpetuating, especially for those who view retail shopping as therapy or who enjoy hobbies like antiquing or collecting. The act of acquiring the individual items is soothing or exciting, while the knowledge that you have a large collection is fulfilling in some ways. However, those items then require upkeep, including regular cleanings, and will take up precious space in your home.
In order for decluttering to really work, you have to embrace the concept of minimalism in terms of what you purchase and save in your space as well. In the long term, the only way to prevent the ongoing build up of more clutter is to end the practices that lead to its gradual accumulation in your spaces.
Minimalism and Your Home
Whether you live in a double-wide, a rented condo, or you own your own home, there is a limit to how much space you have to store items. Even in a home with a basement, attic, and garage, there is a finite limit to how many boxes can be stored in all those spaces together. Wouldn't you rather have an organized, small amount of storage (for rarely used kitchen elements or holiday decorations and seasonal clothing, for example), while using the garage for your car?
You probably prefer a visually minimalist look; most people find living spaces with a few cherished possessions and artworks on display to be calmer and more welcoming than those filled to the brim with old collections and newspapers. The best way to obtain and maintain this kind of look is to be very careful about what you bring into your home. Don't just keep things in perpetuity for no reason. Newspapers can be stacked in recycling bins and removed when full. Collections that no longer pique your interest can be sorted, displayed, or sold if desired.
New items should be carefully considered before purchase. Let's look at fire alarms as an example. Perhaps you have already installed fire alarms in your house, but you find them on sale at your local hardware store for a significant discount. You know you don't need them, but it's tempting to buy them anyway. Take a few moments to really consider why you want to buy them. You don't need to have back-up fire alarms in case the ones you have installed stop working. You should simply make a point of purchasing new fire alarms when your current ones break. Not only may there be degradation while the items are in storage, but the technology, from the batteries to the sensors, may improve in the meantime, leaving you with sub-par devices. Applying this kind of consideration to all future purchases can help minimize the amount of new items brought into the home and can help offset hoarding tendencies.
Purging Still Has to Happen
Even if you aren't ready to break the cycle of buying and eventually purging many items around your home, it's still critical that you regularly try to reduce the amount of stuff in your possession. Reducing clutter can help reduce your stress levels, limit how long cleaning your place takes, and make your space more comfortable for you and any guests you have come visit.
If you're ready for a round of decluttering, call the Happy Hauler to come take away your junk or donations. From the old fridge you never plugged in as a back-up to the boxes of outgrown clothing, we will take it all. Those items which can be donated to charities are, and whatever can be recycled will be before the refuse is thrown away at the end of it all. That way, you can focus on figuring out what items should be sharing your space and what ones should be leaving it. Instead of worrying about carrying all the boxes of unwanted items away and finding a place to take them, the Happy Hauler can handle all of it for you!
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