Are you feeling boxed in by the amount of clutter in your home? If so, you’ve likely come to the realization that it’s time to make a change, right? Maybe, you are searching for some decluttering methods.
Look no more! I put together 3 creative decluttering methods just for you. And if you are reading this during the pandemic that we are currently facing in the world then this is the perfect time to declutter!
You’ve probably thought about what life could be like if you reclaimed your space, making it clean and organized.
Decluttering requires getting rid of stuff, and parting with possessions can be one of the most emotionally overwhelming experiences for some people. Maybe you are one of those humans.
Thankfully, there are tons of creative ways to make decluttering easier.
Top professional organizers like KonMarie, Colleen Madsen, and Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus have developed systems for breaking the process down and making it seem more bearable.
If you want to learn the decluttering methods these minimalist masters use to minimize the clutter then keep reading. You won’t want to miss these decluttering methods!
Decluttering Method 1 – KonMari
I’m sure you’ve probably heard of Marie Kondo due to her sweeping popularity (No pun intended). Author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo is considered by many to be a decluttering guru. With over four million books sold, it’s definitely worth considering her “magic.”
Marie Kondo’s decluttering method involves focusing on what to keep, rather than what to toss.
The core principles involve categorizing your items, and then taking time to sort through each category with the mindful intention of keeping only the ones that bring you joy.
If you’re a collector of glassware, place all of your pieces on the table or counter.
Pick up and inspect each, carefully determining which ones you love for their unique characteristics or sentimentality. Then box up the rest to donate or sell.
Decluttering Method 2 – 365 Less Things
Colleen Madsen of, 365 Less Things, has a brilliant decluttering method to help pair down those possessions.
She decided at the beginning of 2010 to make minimalism her resolution by giving away or selling one item each day for the entire year. I could so do this!
Madsen documents both the physical results of the project and the psychological aspects on her blog.
The results are pretty amazing. In all honesty I don’t think we realize just how much “stuff” we have until we can physically see the Before and After.
Decluttering Method 3 – The Minimalist Game
If you want to take the daily give-away approach a step further, consider playing the Minimalist Game.
The decluttering method from Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus of the popular blog, The Minimalists, requires you to, on the first day of the month, choose to get rid of the number of items that corresponds with each date.
For example. on day 1 you would get rid of 1 thing. On day 2 you would choose 2 things, and on day 3 you will get rid of 3 things and so on.
Final Thoughts About Declutter Methods:
Giving away one thing on the first day is easy, but can you come up with 31 to part with at month’s end? Well I could for sure! But I really like getting rid of unnecessary clutter 🤷♀️
Those who stick with it will have a home with 496 pieces of clutter. Make it a bit more challenging by inviting friends or family to join.
(I’m thinking of creating a Facebook Group specifically for challenges like this. Would you be interested? Leave a comment if you would.)
These are just three of the creative decluttering methods to help you begin the decluttering process.
Pick one that resonates with you and start making progress! And remember the longer you wait the more clutter you will have to declutter.
More Declutter Methods:
- Signs You Need to Clear the Clutter
- 3 Actionable Declutter Hacks
- Decluttering Is Important For Self Care