Tidying up made easy - with this system you will succeed in decluttering your four walls.

Snowdrops and daisies are sprouting, and crocuses and daffodils are not far behind. Spring is here - and so is the time for spring cleaning, but before you can start, you need to clean out your stuff. With the following tips, the decluttering will certainly be easier for you.

How do I start?

Actually, the beginning is quite "simple". We like to use the following metaphor for this: How do you eat an elephant? - Exactly, piece by piece

So if you want to start decluttering, you should proceed accordingly - "one thing at a time". Because taking on too much is usually counterproductive for motivation. 

Step 1:

First, determine which room you want to start in. In this room, you again choose one or more areas in which you want to start. 

Step 2:

Now prepare 3 boxes: 

  • Keep
  • Maybe (if you are still unsure whether to keep or pass on)
  • Discard/Sell/Give Away

Sortowanie rzeczy
Sortowanie rzeczy

Step 3:

Take your time and clear out the entire area you've set out to do. Sort the contents into categories. For example, if you have your closet in front of you:

  • Jackets
  • Tops long sleeve
  • Tops short sleeve
  • Pants
  • Underwear, Socks & Pajamas

This step is important so that you can clean out sensibly. Because with this system you see directly what you have surplus. This should also make it easier for you to "separate".

Step 4:

Now start distributing everything among the three boxes. "Keep" and "Throw away/Sell/Give away" probably won't be difficult for you. But what about "Maybe"? 

Now think about why these pieces ended up in the "maybe" box. Did you get it as a gift or did it once cost a lot of money? These are often reasons why it is difficult to part with certain things. 

Try going through the entire "Maybe" box again with the following questions to make a final decision: 

  • Why do I own this item?
  • What is the meaning of this?
  • When did I last use the item?
  • Do I even like this item anymore?
  • Would I buy the item again?

Step 5:

What is allowed to stay now gets a fixed place. 

Put away the things you want to keep, organized by category. To save yourself from chaos, get in the habit of putting things back in their assigned place right after you use them.

Porządki w szafie
Porządki w szafie

Where do I start?

Start where you can make the most difference in the shortest time - in other words, where success is quickly visible. This will motivate you to continue. 

For this purpose, for example, the closet is suitable. For the simple reason that clothes that are no longer beautiful or no longer fit can be sorted out easily and without thinking much about it. In addition, there are hardly any mementos in this area, which are difficult to clean out. 

Reduce your clothes by keeping only what you like and feel beautiful and comfortable in. 

If you're short on time, take on the bathroom cabinet, the medications, or the living room furniture, for example. Make sure that you finish what you have started. Unfinished work can lead to unnecessary stress and have a counterproductive effect on motivation. 

When will I be ready?

You may be in the middle of your decluttering spree and wondering when you'll be done. 

Well, you probably don't want to hear that right now - but still; you'll never really be done with it! We would also like to explain to you why this is so. Maybe you are the kind of person who cleans out, declutters and reorganizes the house once and then thinks: "that's it - done". 

But... Today's consumer society has reached a current high, which we can hardly escape. As a result, every household accumulates things that we don't really need and that we will sooner or later sell or dispose of. It is not always our own carelessness that is to blame. Consider that we often receive things as gifts that we don't like, that we can't use, and that we don't use. 

So please don't doubt yourself if you have cleared out the whole house and half a year later you already find things again that you actually don't need anymore. This also doesn't mean that you were inconsistent with the last action. Because tidying is a continuous process that basically never ends. Because what's practical today doesn't have to be useful tomorrow.