1. TACKLE CATEGORIES, NOT ROOMSFor example, sort out your clothes or books together, as this will give you a better perspective on what you love and need.
2. DOES IT “SPARK JOY?”Consider each item and ask yourself “does this spark joy?” If not, then throw it away. Forget the “maybe” pile, it’s probably been around for too long anyway.
3. FOLD, DON’T HANGOrganise your drawers with Kondo’s vertical folding technique. Use shoe boxes or drawer dividers to keep clothes standing straight in neat rows.
4. LOVE YOUR WARDROBEDigging through an overpacked closet is painful. Once decluttered, getting dressed in the morning will be a breeze.
5. DITCH YOUR PAPERWORKAll your paperwork should fit in one place, in two groups – papers to be saved, and papers to be dealt with. Avoid piles of papers – store them in an upright holder to avoid the collection getting out of hand.
6. DISCARD OF ITEMS YOU DON’T NEED BEFORE CREATING MORE STORAGE SPACEBefore starting your big clear out, go through all of your stuff thoroughly and ask yourself ‘do I need this?’. If the answer is no, bin it.
7. ENSURE EVERYTHING HAS ITS OWN PLACETry to give everything you own a designated space in your home. Okay, your trainers might not go in the same spot everyday, but labelled baskets and boxes will make it a lot easier to locate items.
8. TIDY IT ALL IN ONE GOOrganise a day (or two) to sort your house out from top to bottom. Tidying a bit at a time never works and your house will end up even messier than it was before.
9. CREATE A 1 YEAR BOXThe best way to throw away any unwanted items is to create a 1 year box. Place any items you are unsure about in there and, once the year is up, throw away any items still in the box that you haven’t used.
10. TAKE BEFORE AND AFTER PICSThe best way to feel a sense of accomplishment is by taking before and after shots. This way, it will hopefully encourage you to keep on top of your tidy house in the future.
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