Gradually Declutter Your Home By One Item Every Day

Gradually Declutter Your Home By One Item Every Day

If you live in a seriously cluttered house, downsizing all at once can feel like an impossible challenge. Wise Bread shares a simple tip to do it gradually: get rid of one (or ten) things every day.

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Max Wong, author of the post, had a lot of clutter to get rid of, so she settled on ten things a day:

On November 1, 2001 I made a resolution: I would get rid of 10 things a day until I had downsized enough that I could fit all my belongings into one, visible layer in my closets.

The 10 items rule was arbitrary. Ten things seemed challenging enough to turn downsizing into a game (always a bonus for me), yet achievable enough to allow me to complete my goal even on the busiest days.

One day, at the end of March 2002, I came home to a noticeably neater house. After almost five months of downsizing by 10 things a day, I had painlessly removed almost 1500 items from my home.

If you have a smaller home, you could easily change it to one item a day (or five, or whatever works for you). An item can be as big or small as you want: an old car you want to sell or a pen that no longer works. Here are eight ideas to start with. Hit the link to read more.

Do This One Thing a Day to Defeat Clutter Forever [Wise Bread]