How To Create A Clutter-Free Life

“The best way to choose what to keep and what to throw away is to take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it. This is not only the simplest but also the most accurate yardstick by which to judge.”
― Marie Kondō, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Everyone has hidden clutter! It may be hidden in drawers or cupboards or even at other locations. Life is messy and can get out of control in about 10mins if we do not stay in control of our stuff. We need to learn tips and tricks to avoid clutter being part of our everyday life.

How can I create this clutter free life? Start by reading ‘The Life Changing Magic of tidying up’ by Marie Kondo. This book talks about a point where you just click after you start decluttering and simplifying your life. There will be a moment in your life when you realise you have decluttered enough. So lets talk about some routines and things you can avoid to continue having a clutter-free life.

1. Personal Policy
Create a personal policy that you do not take free gifts offered to you everywhere you go, like pens, notepads, drink bottles or stickers.
2. Stick To Your Style
Figure out your clothing style and then stick within that realm. If you only wear shorts and shirts, do not buy dresses just because it looked good on that girl. Work out your colours, so that when you see that bright green shirt on your friend that looks amazing, you do not go out and buy it. As green looks horrendous on you!
3. Create Your Gifting Policies
Create personal policies around gifting. This can be hard when you do not have full control over what people give you. So have a plan in place. Tell them what you want when they ask instead of saying ‘I do not mind’ and then you feel bad when you receive that gift and they see that look in your eyes of disgust. Discuss with them possible experiences instead of gifts.
4. Create Your Bag Inbox
Create a bag inbox, for those times people just hand you stuff like reminder cards, pamphlets or information sheets. Some of this will be really useful but most of it should be thrown away. So in your bag, create a pouch where you can put this stuff so that at the end of the week you go through it and take pictures of important information and put any dates into your calendar that you need.
5. Quality Over Quantity

Aim for higher quality items, quality instead of quantity. Yes you might spend more but they will last a lot longer, meaning less over the long term, less impact on the environment and less wastage, follow Anita Vandyke, she has written a book on zero waste.

6. Spring Clean

Lastly, do a spring clean once or twice a year whereby your serious decluttering only needs to happen at smaller intervals because you have kept to these clutter-free ideas up above and do not need to declutter every room, every week. Buy your items knowing that they will be loved, valued, used and appreciated.

By following the tips up above you will continue to have a clutter free life.

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