19 Dec Declutter Your Home

At FloForm, we love countertops; we’d be in the wrong business if we didn’t. That means we love looking at countertops, and if your countertop is covered in clutter, we won’t be able to. That makes us sad; you’ve got to let that premium Cambria quartz shine through, and it just can’t under the bundles of paper you have sitting on top of it! Don’t worry, we’re here for you with decluttering tips that will help clean off those countertops, free up that entryway and give you a home that’s more stress-free.

The first step to decluttering is to decide it’s something worth doing. It can seem overwhelming if your home has been cluttered for some time, so a good tip is to start small. Dedicate just 5 minutes each day to the decluttering process; habit forming is key to developing sustainable practices. What can you do in just 5 minutes? Well, you can clear a small area that you designate a “no-clutter” zone; do that for 5 minutes each day for a month, and your whole house will be a no-clutter zone! You can also use that time for organizational efforts; creating a folder filing system where you put incoming mail. Paper is often the biggest culprit for mess, especially if you’re getting documents you haven’t decided what to do with yet.

That brings us to our next point; make a habit of being decisive when objects enter your home. If you get mail from a financial institution asking you what you want to do with investments your former employer made for you, don’t just leave in on the coffee table while you try to decide*; sit down, read over the documents, and make a decision that day, so you can file or dispose of them. Getting in this habit will preemptively rid you of clutter.

Collections are wonderful things; pick up an item from an old collection of photographs, and you’ll be flooded with memories. Old report cards and school projects, baseball cards, vinyl records; collecting is wonderful, but it takes up a lot of space. When you have an active collection, relegate it to a specific space, and keep it well-organized. For things you collected years ago but no longer actively collect, find a few choice pieces and frame them, or display them in some other way; let the rest go. That way, you’re still holding on to dear memories, but you’re not occupying space unnecessarily.

At the end of the day, there are some things that you should just toss in the bin. That can seem heartbreaking to us, but consider how many items you have that are just taking up space; dozens? Hundreds? Marie Kondo is famous for having taught people to only hold on to items that spark joy; an economist compared Kondo’s philosophy to fighting the irrational sunken cost fallacy. Having had an item for a long time doesn’t make it valuable to you; having paid money for it, or having been gifted it, doesn’t mean it’s worth anything in the present. Sell it, donate it, or throw it out; it will do you more good by being out of your house.

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