The craze for decluttering methods has been such in recent years that it would be surprising if you have not already tried, at least partially, to purify your interior. Yet few can boast today of living in a house always tidy. It must be said that it is not enough to adhere to the various methods proposed to succeed in sorting and ordering, and the brakes are numerous on the road to minimalism. Here are nine mistakes you can not make when deciding to unclutter to see how successful you are.
Buy Before You Organize
Before you invest in boxes, shelves, filing cabinets and cabinets, start by reducing the volume to store and organize. Once cleared of the superfluous, the storage space you already have will probably be enough. You may even be surprised to be able to get rid of some of them!
Do not back down the moment of decluttering under the false pretense that we do not have the right tools to put your stuff in order.If your wardrobe overflows, it is rarely the fault of the closet! If you really realize at the end of operations that you are missing a dresser or a storage box, it will still be time to get them.
Want to do it all at once
If you think that your house will become cluttered in a day, you run the risk of being overwhelmed and discouraged before completing the exercise. Worse still, you might dread the moment to get back to it and leave everything in a heap without finishing, at the risk of living in a chaos worse than before your resolution to put away!
Give yourself time to carry out this business, and divide it into phases so you do not spend all your weekends or holidays. The idea is not to impose a chore, nor to transmit this impression to the rest of the family, but to begin a profound change in joy.
Make Bags and Stacks of Things to Give / Sell / Throw
Once your stuff is sorted and the part you do not want to keep discarded, do not keep it at home. Even if these bags and cartons that pile up in the entrance or garage seem temporary while waiting to be given or thrown away, they prevent you from going to the end of your step of decluttering. They visually pollute space and, instead of giving your interior the breath that sorting should bring, it seems even more messy than before!
Not to mention the risk of regretting a dress or pair of skis in the pile and go fishing on a whim or under the spell of nostalgia … Once you have sorted and identified things to throw or give, take them right away, whether to the garbage dump, to Emmaus or to friends interested in recovering them.
What to do with things you want to get rid of?
Think “in case”
Are you afraid of regretting an object or needing it one day and getting rid of it? Unconsciously, you feel that it would mean that you have made the wrong choices, that your attempt to declutter has been a failure, or that you are not capable of rational sorting, to define your own needs, to organize your life … Stop! This anticipated guilt will not lead you to anything except spoil the beautiful energy you put to make your home more enjoyable.
If an object has not been used for several years, the chances of you suddenly needing it are reduced. And even so, the mistake is human and we learn from these small blunders.Trust yourself and you will see that they will be rare, and never irreparable!
Imagine it’s done once and for all
Even if you have put all your goodwill into it, it is rare that a massive decluttering exempts you in the future to tidy up or sort your interior again . Already because the disorder quickly resumes its rights, especially if the other members of the family do not share your taste for the order.
But also because we quickly taste sorting and once your decluttering started, there is a good chance that you see other useless things to eliminate, other closets to be cleaned … Get rid of the superfluous remains a subjective approach, and therefore never totally finished!
Storing Room by Room
This is a point on which Marie Kondo insists a lot in her book The Magic of Storing. Because if tidying up a room after another may seem logical to organize its decluttering, it will not give you an overview of what you have. Marie Kondo proposes rather to classify your business by type (books, clothes, papers, various objects, sentimental objects) and to sort each category independently. Not only does this allow you to organize the storage (you can dedicate a weekend to each category for example), but it will also help you to forget any element.
You sort your books? Gather not only those stored in the library, but also the cookbooks, the beautiful books lying on the coffee table and the novels on your bedside table. You unclutter the closet? Do not forget what is hanging from the bathroom hooks or the entrance, which hangs in the room or the laundry waiting to be ironed.By having a complete vision, it will be easier to sort!
Focusing on Numbers
Decluttering methods are full of numbers, which is often extreme. Between the minimalist who live with less than 100 objects, Courtney Carver who invites to keep only 33 pieces maximum in her closet, Dominique Loreau who recommends to possess 7 outfits, 7 tops, 7 stockings and 7 pairs of shoes, all seasons combined … Do not focus on these numbers which represent an unattainable ideal for most people, even those with a strong will.
For clothing, for example, the ideal figure will depend on your lifestyle (you often go out, you have dirty work …), the frequency of your washings, the space you have, etc.Remember to adapt the advice given by books to reality!
Aiming for perfection
You must have seen spectacular before / after when overworked interiors were transformed in a few hours into a minimalist haven where nothing superfluous remained. It is certainly impressive, but remember that no one is perfect, and it is quite normal that you do not get such a sharp result! You could not resign yourself to throw away old children’s toys, eliminate that never-worn dress, or sacrifice that old guitar in the office? Patience! It is normal to remain attached to certain objects, and to impose a change too radical does not present only benefits.
There may still be some messy areas in the house, but you will have initiated the change and it’s a safe bet that this remaining bazaar will not withstand the next sorting session!