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Simplify Life: Ways To Minimize Clutter

Simplify Life: Ways To Minimize Clutter

Your stuff can start piling up quickly. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, space is precious, and clutter can easily take up the majority of your square footage if you’re not careful. 

In this post, we’ll be covering some of the best ways to simplify your life,  as well as the best reasons for living with less.

Read on to discover why clutter is a bummer.

Why Declutter?

The average American home contains around 300,000 items. We’ll just let that sink in for a minute.

That’s way more stuff than anyone can justify owning, and most of it goes unused for years at a time. Some houses have ample storage space, offering an excuse to hide unnecessary items away instead of getting rid of them. However, others — especially people who live in apartments and other smaller spaces — don’t have the luxury of “out of sight, out of mind.”

Declutter for Peace of Mind 

Whether you can hide your clutter away or have to live with it in your periphery all the time, the presence of excess items in your home can be a major source of stress. And, of course, all of that stress is coming into your life due to stuff that you hardly use.

Reducing the amount of extra, unnecessary items in your home can take a big weight off your shoulders. Knowing that you’ve gotten rid of your clutter and are living with only the things that you really love – and really need – is always reassuring.

Declutter for Some Extra Cash 

You don’t have to throw away your clutter… you can sell it!

Thanks to online auctioning and resale sites, it’s easier than ever to find someone who wants the things that you don’t need and will pay for them. Who knew that clutter could be an extra source of income?

You can sell virtually all of the extra items in your home online, from clothes to gadgets to cookware and everything in between. Or, if you’re feeling old-fashioned, just have a garage sale.

Declutter To Save Yourself Some Chores

Even the junk that you never use requires attention.

While it’s not always the case, many of the things that you own require monthly, weekly, or even daily upkeep and maintenance. Whether it’s just routine cleaning and dusting or more heavy-duty attention, your clutter can steal your time without adding anything meaningful to your life. 

Want to save yourself the effort of caring for more stuff than you can handle? Ditch the excess junk and live simply.

Now, without further ado, let’s discuss some of the best ways to simplify your life:

Make Space on Your Desk 

Your workspace is one of the most important places in your life. It’s where you get things done and, most likely, where you spend a large portion of your time. If there’s tons of clutter at your desk and around the spot where you work, all of that excess stuff has the potential to take a toll on your ability to focus.

Clearing out all of the junk that is making your workspace feel crowded can help you accomplish more tasks each day. Making the perfect office space is not as hard as you think. 

One of the easiest ways to free up space in your workspace is to take a non-traditional approach to working at a desk. Using a SkyFloat device ceiling mount, you can make tons of extra space on your desk and reduce the amount of clutter in your office.

The SkyFloat makes it easier to keep only the essentials in your office and have plenty of free space when you need it. Instead of working with your devices taking up space on your desk, you can use them in midair, increasing your productivity and optimizing your work environment.

Ditch Unused Items

If you have stuff at home, work, or elsewhere that you never use, it’s time to get rid of it!

Unused items can take up lots of space without serving any purpose. And, as you know, all that clutter can take a big toll on your mental and emotional well-being. Instead of hiding all of that unnecessary junk away, getting rid of it completely is a better call. You can sell your clutter, recycle it, or, as a last resort, throw it away.

Some bits of clutter that you can do without are:

  • Used-up pens and other dud office supplies
  • Papers, business cards, and other documents that you don't need anymore
  • Gadgets that are either obsolete or don’t serve a purpose

Simplify Your Wardrobe 

Over 80% of the world shops online, and a large portion of those purchases are clothes. However, it’s safe to say that most of those clothing purchases don’t qualify as necessary.

If you already have more than enough clothes to meet your weekly needs, it might be time to change your shopping habits a bit. Buying more clothes may give you a temporary dopamine hit; it’s not worth it, either for your wardrobe or your wallet. 

Instead of buying more clothes, try getting rid of some of the outfits that you currently have but don’t wear on a regular basis. You won’t miss them, and by donating them to local thrift stores, you might meet a real need that someone else has

Reduce Kitchen Clutter 

Be honest... When was the last time you used your panini press?

The kitchen is a hotspot for clutter in many homes, especially thanks to unnecessary appliances, cookware, and dishes. If your cabinets are filled to the brim with cooking gadgets, you can reduce a lot of stress by giving some of your unused gear away.

Whether you cook often or not, there’s still a good chance that you can live without a waffle iron, an air fryer, and other culinary gadgets that are collecting dust in your kitchen.

Donate Your Clutter 

If you have tons of stuff that you don’t use or need anymore, your local thrift store or donation center is the perfect place for it. There are plenty of people who might need the items that are taking up space in your home, so it’s always best to make the trash your last option. 

Donation centers are all over the country, so you should have no trouble finding a place that will gladly take your clutter off your hands. In addition, donating can be a tax write-off!

Dedicate a Time To Clearing Out Junk 

It’s easy to plan on decluttering – but never get around to it. If you’re a master procrastinator, setting a specific date and time to start clearing out clutter can help you get it done and start living simply.

If you feel overwhelmed by the amount of clutter you need to clean out, make it a team effort! You can recruit friends and family members to help you get rid of excess junk – some of them might even go home with some of it! After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

A Simpler, More Productive Life 

If you’re looking for new ways to level up your productivity, let your hands do something other than holding your devices. Whether you’re watching TV, working, or working out, using hands-free devices like the SkyFloat can take your minimalism to the max.

 

Sources:

One in Four Americans Has a Clutter Problem — And Could Be Sitting on Some Serious Cash | NBC News

Global: online shoppers worldwide 2020 | Statistica

Kitchen Clutter Hacks - Tips, Rules, Tricks | Kitchn

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