Let's be real here: Decluttering can be difficult to do, especially if you're the type of person who associates memories with certain things. Sure, there is nothing wrong with being nostalgic, but it becomes a problem when things start piling up, leading to a stress-induced mess. (Yes, that's an actual thing!)
That said, organizing and cleaning up your stuff can be tiring and time-consuming. But remember, the more you push the task aside, the more stressed you'll become. So do yourself a favor and try these ~creative~ methods on how to arrange and dispose of your things:
In case you're not familiar yet with Marie Kondo's widely-popular decluttering system, here's a little guide. Instead of focusing on the things you need to get rid of, her method allows you to choose items that still make you happy, or as she puts it, "ones that spark joy." When you're done categorizing, you'll be left with only the items you genuinely love. Make sure to be thorough and strict with yourself when asking yourself if something still sparks joy or not, though!
Swedish death cleaning
This method can sound a little intense, but it might be the change you need in your life! The Swedish death cleaning system was created by Swedish artist Margareta Magnusson, who went into more detail about it in her book, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning. It introduced what the Swedes call döstädning, or "an approach to putting your life in order so your loved ones won’t have to" or literally "death cleaning."
This concept came to her after her husband died, and she had to downsize the items in their home. She also moved a lot in her lifetime, so she's a ~pro~ at this decluttering biz. Her philosophy is, "If you don’t love it, lose it. If you don’t use it, lose it." Chances are, we try our hardest to associate our belongings with memories, but they just pile on and add to your stress. Once you get rid of the nostalgia aspect, the purge becomes a lot easier.
Cleaning can be a totally daunting task that we'd rather put off, but the 20/10 method, introduced by Rachel Hoffman in her book Unf*ck Your Habitat, gives importance to taking specific breaks in between organizing. So for every 20 minutes of cleaning, you're rewarded with a 10-minute break. The idea behind this is that for every task you accomplish within that timeframe, you become more disciplined. It also breaks down your tasks and allows you to do them in chunks, rather than doing it all in one go, which can get overwhelming, leading you to not accomplishing much.
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