Entry #2875, October 1, 2013
What could be better than living a simple, uncluttered life? Not much. The benefits of owning fewer possessions are endless. You have fewer things to clean and organize your living room which reduces your stress and increases your time and energy for your passions and hobbies. If you want to get rid of clutter but are wondering where to begin, the living room is as good a place to start as any. Here’s how to go about it:
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Make a List
The first step towards getting rid of clutter is writing down the specific areas you need to declutter. Start with the easiest and end with the hardest. You can make the list as difficult or as easy as you want based upon the specific areas in your living room that make up the list.
Implement the Four-Box Method
This famous technique gained popularity when people started embracing minimalist living. The idea is to get four boxes and label them as keep, donate/sell, recycle, and trash. Go over each item in your living room and place it in one of the four boxes. Consider each item individually and put a sticker on the ones that are too large to fit in the boxes. Turn on all the lights as you work so that you can see well and put on your favorite music to get you in the mood.
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Set Aside 15 Minutes Each Day for Decluttering
If you’ve got an overwhelming job in store or don’t think you have the motivation or time to declutter your living room, get a timer and set it for 15 minutes each day. It may seem like a short duration but there’s a lot you can do within that timespan. Try this for one week and you’ll be amazed at how much you’ll accomplish.
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Use Your Imagination
When you want to get rid of objects that seem difficult to remove, use your imagination. Ask yourself questions like “How much would I pay for this if I was buying it now?” This will help you to remove unneeded clutter.
The phase “Clutter takes on a life of its own” is a common one. Don’t let clutter take on a life of its own in your living room. Take drastic measures and give it a life far away from yours.
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