Clearing Out Old Junk Could Change Your Life Forever

If you ever want to buy something, you can have it delivered straight to your door within twenty-four hours. That’s great, but it does also mean that impulse buying is on the rise. Year on year, the amount of clutter that you have in your life goes up. People don’t often think about the amount of clutter they have and they don’t realize it has a big negative effect on their lives. It makes simple tasks harder to accomplish and it can be a cause as well as a symptom of stress. We often buy things as a way to divert attention from other bad feelings in our lives but that only makes the problem worse. By getting rid of all of the clutter, you can make your home life less chaotic and help you to avoid stress.



In recent years, a decluttering craze has swept the world, inspired by a book called ‘The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up.’ The author, Marie Kondo, set out a step by step guide to getting rid of all of the clutter in your life and cleansing your mind and body in the process. The book was a bestseller and people the world over have been raving about the positive effects of clearing up your house. If you’re feeling buried under the weight of all of that junk in your house, here are a few tips on clearing it all out.


It Doesn’t Have To Be Permanent


While thousands of people are incredibly passionate about the positive effects of cleaning up your life, it isn’t for everybody. You wouldn’t want to throw all of your stuff away, only to find that you want it all back a few weeks later. It’ll be too late by then and you won’t be able to get it back. The best way to do it is to move the stuff out temporarily and see whether you like your new, minimalist set up before committing to it on a long-term basis. Sites like are a good place to get a storage container where you can keep all of your stuff while you adjust to your new lifestyle. If you like it, then you can start selling off all of the stuff you’ve moved out of the house, but if you don’t adjust to it well, you can move everything back in.

Does It Bring You Joy?


Marie Kondo’s technique is based on a few key aspects. The main way that she suggests you decide what to keep and what to get rid of, is to ask yourself whether that item brings you joy. When you’re going through all of your belongings, pick them up one by one, and really ask yourself, does that item make you happy? Do you get anything from it? Would you really miss it if it were gone? If you wouldn’t miss it, then it can go. We’re all guilty of keeping things because we might use it in future, or perhaps it was expensive so we are reluctant to get rid of it. The truth is, you’re never going to use any of this stuff so what’s the point of keeping it?


Work In Categories


When you start trying to clean out all of your old junk, it feels like an impossible task. If you don’t go about it in an organized way, you’ll end up wondering about, picking things up at random and getting yourself into more mess. Clearing up room by room will be difficult, it’s much easier to work through categories. You should start out with the easiest categories, things that you don’t have much emotional attachment to. If you try to start out with all of your old photographs, you’ll struggle to part with them, however, if you’ve already been clearing out the house for a few days, it’ll feel much easier. The best place to start is in the kitchen. It seems that there’s a new kitchen gadget out every Christmas and most of us have cupboards full of useless kitchen gear that we’ll never use again. They aren’t the kind of things that have any emotional significance so it’s a good way to ease yourself into the decluttering process.

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A good next step is clothes. Although some of them do have good memories attached, they aren’t as important as favorite books, or gifts that you might have received. When you’re trying to clear out clothes, think about the last time you wore them. If it’s been more than a month, then it isn’t an item that you need to keep. It shouldn’t be that hard to limit your closet to clothes that you actually need. Check out for some tips on reducing the items in your closet.


Books should come next, but this is where it starts to get more difficult. Anything that you’ve already read should obviously be put in the chuck pile, but there are some books that you might read again. It’s fine to keep some, but don’t fall into the trap of telling yourself that you’ll read them all again. The best way of getting rid of books is to give them to friends and family. Seeing somebody else enjoying your favorite books will make it far easier to part with them.



The final stages of decluttering are always the hardest. When it comes to the things that have real emotional significance, it can be difficult to part with. What you need to remember is that, although you might get rid of the objects, you’ll still have the memories. Getting rid of these things is perhaps the most liberating part of the whole process because it signifies a departure from the old stage of your life and a move into a new chapter.


Dealing with all of your clutter in categories like this makes it easier because you can see more progress. If you try to do it room by room you’ll spend days working on it and the majority of the house will still be untouched. This can be disheartening and make it more difficult for you to see things through to the end.


Don’t Be Nostalgic


If you let nostalgia take over, you’ll fall at the first hurdle and you aren’t likely to end up successfully cleaning out your house. When you’re sorting through everything, you’re likely to find old photographs and letters, or gifts that people might have given you. The strong memories attached to these items will make it much harder to part with them, but you can’t let this slow you down. You don’t have to get rid of them all, but you do need to be pragmatic when you’re choosing what goes. Try to forget about the emotional attachment that you have to these items and view them for exactly what they are. If you get too attached, you’ll just end up wasting time and the whole thing will start to feel futile.


Treat Your Belongings Like People


This sounds like a bit of an odd thing to do but it really works. When you open a closet, ask yourself whether your belongings would be happy stuffed into the back in a haphazard pile. The answer is no. By thinking of it like this, you’ll be forced to get rid of enough of your stuff so that you can organize your closet so that every one of your possessions has a proper place. Giving a personality to your belongings also helps you to question whether they’re happy being sat in the cupboard and never being used. Wouldn’t they be happier with somebody else that might actually get some use out of them? While it’s an odd way to look at things, it really does help.


No Distractions

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You shouldn’t treat this decluttering process like normal tidying up. As well as clearing things out physically, it’s the mental process that is important. You need to take time to think properly about every single item that you’re clearing out. Trying to do it while you’re watching TV or listening to music will stop you from giving it the attention that it needs and you won’t feel any of the benefits. Once you get started, you’ll find that it’s actually quite a fun and liberating process so there’s no need to have anything to distract yourself. Having no distractions also makes it easier to think about what you’re doing properly. If you’re only half paying attention to what you’re doing, you’re more likely to make bad decisions.


Keep It Up


After you’ve cleared out everything that you don’t want or need, you need to make sure that you stay on top of it. You’ll find that it will be much easier for you to buy things because you’ll have a better idea of what you do and don’t need. That should stop you from buying any more extra clutter. The way that you organize your belongings is important as well. Instead of hanging your clothes, fold them instead. That way you can see everything and there’s no need to spend ages rummaging through the closet trying to find an outfit.


Decluttering and sorting all of your belongings is a brilliant way to give yourself a fresh start and make your life a whole lot easier, so why not try it today?

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