For many people, it’s not unusual to literally have more possessions than you know what to do with. The question therefore is, what do you do with all that stuff? The simple fact of the matter is, in order to disconnect ourselves from the stress of our daily lives, we have to learn to declutter our personal areas, both at work and at home.

Basically, if you don’t have room for it, you probably don’t need it. At any rate, here are six ways you can declutter and start organizing your life. 

Here are six facts to get you started:

#1 It’s about moving forward

The first step to decluttering, as with anything, is to realize that one has to. Having a lot of things isn’t necessarily the result of an addiction to shopping or a propensity to hoard. For some, holding onto old things is the result of emotional connections they have with those objects, or memories associated with them. Unfortunately, these ties to the past can just as easily serve as anchors, keeping us from growing or developing emotionally. Nostalgia can take us back, yes, but it shouldn’t stop us from ultimately moving forward.

#2 It’s about being honest with yourself

One common way people end up with things they don’t need is keeping them long after they’ve outlived their usefulness. For example, you’re probably not going to need those jeans you wore in high school that haven’t fit you in years. While lots of folks hold on to old clothes in hopes of once again fitting into them someday, those same garments aren’t doping anybody any good sitting in storage for years. Better to have somebody make good use of them now, rather than let them go to waste. After all, once you hit your ideal weight, one of the best rewards you can give yourself is heading out and getting a new wardrobe. And when that day comes, you can declutter by getting rid of your bigger clothes, too!

#3 It’s a process of elimination

While a simple rule of thumb would be, “a place for everything, and everything in its place,” a simpler one would be to just toss out or give away anything you haven’t used in two years. After all, your condo only has so much space, so it doesn’t make sense having anything in that space that isn’t contributing or useful to you in some way. Make an honest assessment of your belongings. You can even push the rule of thumb of unused objects further by applying it to objects you own but haven’t even seen in two years.

#4 It’s Practical

While there are those who advocate a minimalist lifestyle, retaining only the objects or belongings they need to survive, we’re not saying that you need to go that far. But, from a purely practical standpoint, there are many benefits to having less stuff around the house. For instance, you’ll definitely spend less time cleaning up, and locating the things you need when you need them won’t be anywhere near as time-consuming or potentially stress-inducing.

#5 It’s a psychological refresh

Our homes are reflections of our personality. Thus, the simple act of getting one’s living space or work station in order can be likened to organizing one’s own self, shedding the excess material and/or baggage that we’ve accumulated over the years and always intended to sort but never got around to. But don’t take our word for it. Go ahead, sort out your desk or clear a shelf. You’ll be amazed at the feeling of peace and accomplishment that simple act can bring about. Soon, you’ll want to expand your decluttering experiment, and that can only lead to greater things, as removing the things that take up space in our home tends to relieve us of the stress associated with them. Give it a try, and let us know how it goes!

#6 It’s an ongoing process

Just as you didn’t put your clutter together in a day, it’s going to take time to determine where all of it goes; what’s to be sold, what’s to be thrown out, and what’s to be given away are all things you will only be able to deal with one object at a time, so don’t try to rush it. Making peace with your past means being mindful of what parts of it you’ll need for the future.

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