Easy Decluttering Tips Before New Years

New year brings new excitement every year! We all look forward to some party, some hearty celebrations and of course, inviting the new by bidding a farewell to the old. And when its time to let go of the old, it is not just our feelings that we need to let go, but its also the clutter in our space that we need to get rid of. Decluttering often sounds like a very boring word for most of us. We all are stricken with those same thoughts. Who has the time to declutter? And what if you can’t let go of so many things you have been keeping all this while, because, of course, they are memories! But decluttering is important because clutter creates chaos and confusion. And who wants that? I’m sure nobody! So, i’m here today to help you overcome your boredom and get on to decluttering before the new year hits us! I will share with you some simple steps to gear up on this front and you will know how simple it is to declutter!

Schedule It
Your first step is to schedule an appointment with yourself for decluttering. Most of the times, we dont get to cleaning because we have very tight schedules. So just as its important to attend the meeting or go to a doctor, its important to declutter. Just decide a particular day or date you want to declutter on. You could schedule it for half an hour everyday, or dedicate 2-3 days in a month to do it all at once. Depending on when you can remove the time according to your lifestyle, decide on it and stick to it. This step is the key to decluttering.

Make a list
Once you have scheduled your appointment, create a list of places or areas in your home to declutter beginning with the easiest. It could be your closet, the space below the sink, your bathroom, or an entire room. Make a list according to your schedule and pick one spot at a time. This will help you slowly declutter all your spaces one by one. Also make a list of things you want to declutter, like clothes, shoes, receipts, bills, magazines, cosmetics, books, medicines, office supplies, dvds and cds , old things etc.

Go by the three bags rule

Before you actually get on to decluttering, make three bags and label them as ‘throw away’, ‘give away’, and a ‘maybe’ bag. You must have noticed that a lot many times, we cant really decide if we want to give away or throw away a particular item. So make a maybe bag for those items and keep them aside. You can take some more time to think over it and then throw it or give it away when you really feel like.

Decide where to start
You could start with your kitchen, or your bedroom, or a particular zone you select like your wardrobe. Decide the spot that is visible to you everytime and begin from there. So, even if you feel demotivated towards the end of the process, atleast you are sorted with the spaces that you see everyday. This will help you feel good, because your immediate spaces are organised and clean.

Get containers ready or reuse and recycle
Organize containers you can use to keep the stuff that is not important at the moment. You could tag the containers in four categories, trash, give away, keep, relocate. Just label the containers and see how easy it is to organise! Or like me You can also re use and re cycle your shoe boxes.

Dispose the things that don’t serve your purpose anymore
In my life, what I don’t use for 6 months or maximum a year , I either throw or give away. For any item you are tempted to keep, just ask yourself this question. Does the item serve a purpose in your life? Keep it only if it brings you joy or you have used it in the past six months. If you haven’t worn that pink dress in a year and a half, its time to let it go, even if there’s tags on it! Most people often freak out when there’s a sale and buy things they dont really need, thinking they will use it sometime later when they are slimmer or toner etc. Etc. Or just because it sounded like a good deal at that time but now you dont feel like wearing it. Let me tell you that there’s no reason for those pieces to still be taking up precious space in your tiny closet. Use online portals to sell or donate your clothing, in a super easy way! Or give it to someone who will actually use it.

Take photos of nostalgic items
We hold a lot of obscure sentimental items and they stay stashed in our boxes, closets and all over our house, occupying a lot of space. I know how difficult it is to part with items you are emotionally attached with, and of course you should keep a few special ones really close to your heart, but for some others you can always take a picture. Remember that pictures are also memories. And they occupy less space. So why not take some pictures and do away with the sentimental clutter. Now a days thankfully we have soft copies for all the pictures but when my son was small we use to click pictures and have all of them in albums, I think it’s a good idea fro me to convert them to a digital format and I suggest you do that too.

Make it fun and creative
Decluttering can be stressful for many of us. But you can make it enjoyable by putting on your favorite music and thinking of it as a fresh start—just like when you move into a new house, or when you start with a new beginning. You can be more creative with your boxes and storing spaces and have fun with this activity. All you have to do is keep a positive attitude and you will sail through this by having more fun!

Ongoing effort and maintainence
This is a very important step. If you keep things at their place, throw away things that are unnecessary and finish the tasks at the very moment when you are doing it, there will be no clutter at all. So cleaning clutter is good once in a while, but being clutter free and maintaining a clutter free space is great! So don’t become a victim of lethargy and get on to organising things then and there. You could follow this simple four step rule
Put it back if you take it out
Close it if you open it
Pick it up if you throw it
Hang it up if you take it off

Not only does decluttering leave your room looking nicer but it also makes you feel good from the inside. It is believed that physical clutter creates blocks and negative energies around. And so decluttering can really help with stress and anxiety and make us go bright and happy! With decluttering, you can breathe better! So let go of the old and make room for those new good things this new year.

Feel lighter, brighter and happier! Go decluttering my tribe. Ill see you next week with another fabulous video. Until then, keep missing me and have a great time! Dont forget to watch more of me and posting your awesome feedback and your tips and tricks to decluttering. Always waiting to hear from you all.

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I am Uma - entrepreneur, award winning television personality,philanthropist and an eternal optimist dedicated to helping you liveyour dreams by bringing daily insights, fitness inspiration, cleaneating and beauty and wellness resources.Join me in this space and lets start this beautiful journey together.

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