As you may have probably realized by now, most people have the tendency to hoard stuff they don’t need. Though usually unintentional, most people end up biting more than they can chew with the sheer number of things they buy that end up collecting dust. This often stems from impulsivity, lack of self-control, or a drive to collect things.

That being said, readers would be pleased to know that there is still hope even for the worst of hoarders. Remember, every journey begins with the first step. So, let us be your guide. Be sure to follow the following tips if you wish to effectively declutter your home.

Take it Slow

One of the most common mistakes people make is that they start throwing things out all at once. This is the equivalent of going cold turkey and is hardly ever effective. The last thing you would want to do is to mindlessly go through your home in one swift go and get rid of everything that catches your eye since it will inevitably lead to overwhelming feelings of regret and anxiety.

Rather, you need to get into the groove first. We highly recommend that you divide your home into distinct sections for this job. This way, you should be able to go through it one small space at a time, making the endeavour much more manageable and feasible.

Categorize Your Stuff

It is vital that you categorize your stuff well. The most common trick is to have a box for the stuff you want to keep, one for the stuff you want to throw out, and one for the things you want to sell. This is a crucial step of the process that cannot be taken lightly. You will need to the time to think and carefully weigh your decisions.

As much as possible, you will want to avoid putting things aside “for now” as it will only delay the entire process of decluttering. Of course, if you are having a hard time with this, we recommend that you make use of a limbo box. All the things you put in this box essentially have an additional 6-month lease on your space. If you don’t take it out of the box, or if the box remains unopened during that time, then, you should probably let it go.

Minimize Your Collections

Quantity does not beat quality. This is the golden rule of any collection. Excessive acquisition of similar items does not make you a connoisseur, it makes you a hoarder. That being said, you need to take stock of your collection and determine the pieces which speak to you the most.

The same could be said of family photos and kids’ drawings. While the sentimental value is certainly undeniable, you need to take the time and choose which one of them are most valuable to you and your family. This way, you get to keep the most special pieces.

Hoarding has become a real problem for some people in recent years. Hopefully, these decluttering tips would prove useful for you.