In all probability, any given room or area of your home is cluttered and is in need of some major decluttering.
This is nothing to feel bad about, and is nothing to be guilty about. We all let the importance of organizing things and decluttering slip away from time to time.
The problem is that we let things persist, and we put off decluttering and cleaning because of a number of excuses that we think are valid but we know are not.
“I just don’t have the time,” “I might need to use that in the future,” and “I can just do it later” are just a few classic excuses we use to leave rooms in our homes cluttered.
Overcoming these excuses is one of a few things that are necessary when decluttering your home.
What many do not know about decluttering is that there is a system to it; you don’t just snap one day and start cleaning everything. There is so much more to decluttering than that.
This is a reliable system that you can use to completely declutter your home and keep it decluttered for as long as possible.
The one hour rule
Everybody has at least one hour to themselves no matter what. Whether it is one hour per day or one hour per week, everybody has at least one hour to themselves at one particular point.
This is one hour that will be completely dedicated to decluttering. For one complete hour, you will do nothing but declutter whatever room in your home you feel like you need to declutter. You can get the people who live with you to help you if you wish.
What happens if you feel like you are finished in under one hour? Chances are good that you may not be. But if you are physically finished decluttering, use the rest of this hour to plan out how you want to re-decorate.
Either way, block out exactly one hour to declutter. We’ll call this your “decluttering session.”
One room at a time
Another decluttering issue involves each room of the home. When most people attempt to declutter, they try to take on every room in the home. This is another mistake that takes away from the total effort that is put into decluttering.
True decluttering takes place one room at a time. First the kitchen, then the bedroom, then the bathroom, and so on. There will be a massive temptation to try to declutter every room, but this must be resisted.
The importance or urgency of every room is up to you. One useful thing to do is to designate which room needs the most attention then work your way down from there. Or you can just declutter a different room per session.
Either way, resist the temptation to declutter multiple rooms during one session.
The three most important questions to ask while decluttering
Before even starting your decluttering session, three questions must be asked in reference to the room you want to declutter. They are:
What do I absolutely need in this room?
What will I need in this room on a daily basis?
Will this room be easy to keep organized?
When you answer these questions, make sure to be as specific as possible. People who have cluttered homes are not specific when answering these questions. Hoarders do not even consider these questions.
The bedroom is a good example of this. While it is considered stylish to adorn your bed with the highest quality linens, textiles, and other home goods, going overboard on decorating can lead to cluttering, especially when it comes to kitchens and bedrooms, which have the greatest probability of being cluttered.
Speculation is how cluttering begins
What many do not understand about cluttering is that it is indeed a cause and effect relationship.
In the example of cluttering, the cause is one thing: speculation.
Speculation revolves around the notion that something might happen, or in the case of room cluttering, that an object in the room might have some use.
This is how cluttering begins, and it can be stopped by simply changing your “maybe” and “might” answers to more decisive answers.
Doing this is not as difficult as you think, as long as you are able to track your daily activities.
Decluttering is not difficult. All it requires is a reliable system and the ability to come up with decisive answers.
Sebastian Morales is Founder and CEO of Good & Bed. Prior to Starting Good & Bed, Sebastian was an investment banker based in New York City.