Start off the year with these amazing decluttering tips!

Start off the year with these amazing decluttering tips!

Ah, that feeling when you declutter and your home feels light and edited. Here's how to approach this task that can, sometimes, feel never-ending.  

Decluttering is, simply said, the way of keeping the things that you use or that serve a certain purpose in your life. Everything else should go. However, as easy as it sounds, decluttering can take forever and it is something that you need to do methodically, as things are easily accumulated. Here are some tips that can be really helpful:

1. Don’t treat your home like a storage unit

Don't keep things just because you might need them at some point.

A simple rule of thumb: don't keep things just because you might need them at some point. Before keeping those old phones or that VCR, think twice.

2. What you keep costs a lot

Yes: you might think that once you have a thing, that is it. But it isn't: there’s a cost to keeping something. You need to think about where to store it, give up the actual storage space, or take up precious empty space. Not only that, think of all the time you need to spend organizing things, cleaning items, preventing them to become a mess, etc.

3. Give yourself permission to buy again

Decluttering can take forever and it is something that you need to do methodically, as things are easily accumulated.

Don't buy now just so you don't have to buy it later on. If you are keeping things that you don't really use now so you spare yourself from spending money on it in the future, then allow yourself to make that purchase and keep in mind what you gain by throwing it away now.

4. Ask yourself if it’s “the best, the favorite, or necessary.”

This decluttering mantra coined by Emily Ley helps you narrow down your possessions to the cream of the crop. If you’re looking at an overly large collection of mixing bowls, for instance, narrow it down to the best ones. A kitchen towel collection can similarly be whittled down by choosing to keep only the favorites.

5. Ask yourself if it sparks joy

Marie Kondo has become a cultural standard-bearer of a movement to declutter and minimize. Her famous method is having people ask themselves if each and every single belonging in their possession sparks joy. It works for some, and if it works for you, it’s a galvanizing way to let go of so many things.

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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