Do you have a hard time decluttering?
These 15 decluttering rules can help you decide what stays and what goes.
You get to decide what goes and what stays. If you love it, that may be reason enough to keep something.
Duplicates are (usually) unnecessary.
If you haven’t used it in 6 months, it can probably go (but see rule #1). Make exceptions for seasonal items.
If it costs more to store than the value it brings to you, you should let it go.
Don’t allow other people’s ideas of what is important to dictate what you keep or declutter (but keep your loved one’s opinions in mind).
If someone else thinks something is particularly special, maybe they should store it instead of you.
You can choose to sell something but it’s also OK to give it away if that’s easier. Not everything should be sold.
Most things can be replaced if necessary.
Don’t declutter things belonging to others without permission (exceptions for kids who refuse to take care of their possessions).
Mementos and toys are even more treasured when there are fewer of them.
You are not defined by the things you keep. (For example, owning a lot of books doesn’t make you smarter, although reading them might.)
Kids produce a lot of clutter. That’s OK and to be expected. Help them learn to manage it instead of ignoring it.
Keeping something “for someday” may be holding you back from living your life right now.
Not everyone has the same tolerance for clutter. It’s OK if you desire more or less of it than someone else. Clutter can even be quite overwhelming for some people.
Organized clutter is usually still clutter.