You’ve seen one too many #roomgoals photos and you’ve finally decided to declutter your room. Before you start reorganising your space, here are some advice on what you shouldn’t do while you’re at it:
1. Buy New Furniture
The whole point of decluttering is to get rid of excess, not add on to it. Buying new furniture to make your room more ‘minimalistic’ is the opposite of decluttering. This defeats the purpose as it will only make your space more cluttered, now with new furniture and accessories that you can’t bear to part with.
2. Buying Organisers Before Sorting
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Going on an organisers and storage shopping spree before sorting through your stuff will only result in you buying too many storage pieces. Go through your stuff and remove those that you want to donate or throw away. This will give you a better idea about how many organisers you need for your room.
3. Trying To Clean Every Room At Once
Decluttering is not something that can be done overnight. It’s an ongoing process and habit that we gradually pick up. You should start with one space first, eg. your bedroom, living room, or kitchen. Spend time sorting through the things in the room, get rid of the excess, rearrange the keepers, and make it a point to not leave the open area cluttered after using the room. Once you’ve got the hang of it, then move on to the next room.
4. Wait For The Chance To Declutter
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Do it, or do not. The chance to declutter won’t come unless you start sorting and rearranging your table or shelf. Decluttering is a habit that you practise every day to make sure the room is neat. It is also a way of life that teaches you to only buy things that you need, and to remove them after it’s not usable anymore.
5. Doing It All By Yourself
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It’s good that you’re taking time out to clear up your room but sometimes an extra hand is needed. If not for the moving, then to help you get rid of stuff that you really should’ve thrown away months ago. That broken camera that is gathering dust on your shelf? Yep, it’s time to go. Your friend or a professional cleaner will be able to help you decide objectively on what stays and what goes.
Decluttering takes effort and discipline. It also takes time and an extra hand. We understand that most people can be too busy to start on a decluttering exercise, it’s good to hire a cleaner to help you get the momentum going first. Kaodim has a list of house cleaning and moving services you can check out.
Start clearing, live the decluttered life.
written by Esther Chung