Most of us declutter by throwing away things we simply don't use, or rehoming items that get in the way of productivity. Try throwing away anything that doesn't bring you happiness instead.
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Decluttering can be a stressful task in itself. We often ask ourselves if we're really ready to let things go, or what if we need this in the near future. Chris Guillebeau supports Marie Kondo's philosophy that simplifies the task, and even makes it a happy one: if the item doesn't "spark joy" in your life, toss it. Chris explains:
For all the clothes you don't wear, pass them on. At minimum, never keep anything you haven't worn in the past year.
Go around your house and get rid of all unnecessary papers. Papers are the worst -- they rarely bring joy.
Don't worry about organizational accoutrements or professional storage products. Forget about being super minimalist. Instead, focus on holding on to things you like while getting rid of everything else.
This is a delightful decluttering strategy. I'm doing it right now.
This makes it easy to figure out which things should go and which should say. Next time you need to declutter, pick up each item and answer a simple question: Does this bring me joy? If not, and it's also not a necessity, it's time to find a new home for it.