What if we told you that you could only sort your apartment once, and never again? Terrifying thought, right? These suggestions can help you transform your apartment from “Help! The walls are closing in,” to a spacious paradise of beauty, peace, and inspiration!
“Tidy a little each day and you’ll be cleaning for the rest of your life”. We couldn’t agree more. When you clean one room at a time, week by week, it starts to feel like a never-ending chore. Instead, make an effort to deal with everything at once. You’ll notice the advantages of having more space in your apartment sooner if you declutter all of the rooms in your home simultaneously.
“When we pursue to collect everything at once and clean one area at a time, we will never comprehend the entire amount, and so we will never be finished. To break free from this vicious cycle, tidy by category rather than by location”.
To summarise, look at how many different categories your possessions fall into and get rid of the ones that are the most time-consuming to organise. Start with your clothing, then your books, papers, komono (Japanese term for “miscellaneous items” such as spare buttons, cables, and kitchen utensils), and finally sentimental objects like photographs and love letters. This is a great tip for when you’re moving home, too, as it helps professional movers to focus on the stuff that matters. You can find out more here.
Once you’ve put all of your things in their proper places, hold each one and ask yourself if it brings you joy. If you say “Yes,” keep it. If you say “No,” then recycle it, donate it, or throw it out.
“You may restart your life and begin a new one by modifying your behaviour.” A new spacious haven in which you’re surrounded by only love and happiness.
Have you ever read the user guide for your newest laptop? When will you need your iPhone box? Your answer is likely “never.” You may recycle papers and packaging that you don’t need. Guess what? You may shred bills you’ve already paid and credit card statements that are clogging up precious counter space. You have free reign over the vast majority of what exists online.
How many books do you have on a shelf collecting dust that hasn’t been read? How many of these have you read more than once? Donate those books and spend your time reading the ones that will truly delight you.
Have you ever gotten a present that you didn’t like over the holidays? Don’t feel obligated to keep it if you don’t want to. With gratitude, let your presents go. Thank not just the person who gave it to you, but also the item itself for the time it spent with you. Donate the present without feeling guilty. Alternatively, re-gift it to someone who you believe would enjoy it.
It’s important to remember that merely the objects that please you are worth keeping. Once you’ve managed to rid yourself of everything else, choose a location or “home” for each one. You should put something in its proper place when you’re not using it. Putting things back where they belong becomes intuitive to you over time. If you’ve done it this way, there’s no turning back. For all eternity.