We’ve put together our top five tips for decluttering that will help you transform your space and your mindset, inspiring you to live a more organised and intentional life! Decluttering can often feel like an overwhelming process, but with the right strategy, decluttering can be a liberating and even enjoyable experience.
Tip 1 – Have a plan
Before you begin decluttering, take a moment to plan out your approach. Decide which areas you want to tackle first, and make a list of any supplies or tools you might need (such as garbage bags, Inabox storage containers, or labels). Having a plan in place will help you stay focused and motivated as you work.
Bonus tip: use storage containers
Using storage containers can be a great way to keep your belongings organized and easy to access. When using storage containers, be sure to label them so you can quickly find what you need. If you’re looking for long term storage options you can’t go past our Heavy Duty Containers, they will help to keep your items secure whilst neatly stored away. For in-home storage, our Modular Containers are ideal! They are available in a range of colours and sizes to match your interior and storage needs.
Tip 2 – Start small
When it comes to decluttering, it can be tempting to try and tackle everything at once. However, taking on too much can quickly lead to overwhelm and burnout. That’s why starting small is often the best approach. Begin by choosing a small area or category of items to declutter, such as a single drawer or a pile of paperwork. By focusing on a small area, you’ll be able to make quick progress and build momentum. This can also help you get into the decluttering mindset and make it easier to tackle larger areas in the future.
Tip 3 – One in, one out
To prevent clutter from building up again in the future, adopt the one in, one out rule. For every new item you bring into your space, get rid of one old item. This will help you maintain a clutter-free environment. A great way to keep track of what you already have when you’re out shopping is the Organise by Inabox app! The app helps you to keep track of what you have in storage and is a great way to prevent double ups.
Tip 4 – Adopt the 80/20 rule
The 80/20 rule states that we only use about 20% of our belongings 80% of the time. Applying the 80/20 rule can help us make more intentional choices about what we keep and what we let go, leading to a more organised and intentional life. Keep this in mind as you declutter and focus on keeping the items that you use often and love the most.
Tip 5 – Digitise important documents
Paperwork can quickly pile up and take over your space. Consider digitising important documents and storing them on your computer or an online storage program. This not only helps reduce clutter but it also makes it easier to access those documents when you need them. You can do this with the scanner on your printer or even use a handy scanner app on your phone! Get ahead of the problem and opt for digital invoices for your statements where possible.
Finally, remember that decluttering is a process, not a one-time event. Don’t try to tackle everything at once. Instead, take it one step at a time and celebrate small victories along the way. Whether you declutter one room, one closet, or one drawer, each step brings you closer to your goal of a clutter-free space.