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10. Try a “maybe box”
Found a bunch of stuff you’re pretty sure you won’t need, but can’t quite bring yourself to ditch it? Set up a maybe box, fill it with those goods, seal it, and put it away for six months. Chances are that when you return to it, you’ll realise you didn’t need any of it and you can chuck the whole lot out.
9. Get creative with your storage
Putting stuff away and keeping it neat is less of a chore if your storage is more inspiring that just empty shelves and plastic containers. Our top 10 list of creative storage ideas will help reduce junk across your house. [imgclear]
8. Give away functioning stuff you don’t need
Can’t bear to just throw something out because it’s still working, but don’t want the hassle of selling it via eBay or the like? Sites like OzRecycle and Freecycle make it easy to give stuff away to other people in your area, and you don’t even have the hassle of delivery. Getting rid of that gear also gives you more space for the stuff you do decide is worth keeping.
7. Tame your wardrobe with hangers
6. Adopt the thing a day approach
It can be hard to set aside the time for a proper clean-up. It can be even harder to get rid of items that have sentimental value. Planning to get rid of just one item a day can make a surprising difference to your clutter profile, without forcing you to endlessly make difficult decisions.
5. Use a camera for a fresh perspective
4. Be ruthless when categorising
Spring cleaning always involves sorting stuff into categories (whether that’s functions they perform or the rooms they’ll go to). It’s often tempting to invoke a miscellaneous category, but that way lies madness. If you can’t clearly define where something belongs, that’s a potential argument that it serves no real purpose in your life.
3. Enjoy throwing things out
2. Match the plan to the room
While the basic principles of clearing clutter apply no matter where in the house you’re working, the way you approach a kitchen will be different to an office, and both will vary from the garage. Our in-depth guide to cleaning clutter in your office will help you tackle the top pain point for Lifehacker readers.
1. Have an overall strategy
How do you keep your own clutter-busting projects on track? Give us the good efficiency oil in the comments.