Self-help guru James Altucher has written many books on reinventing, helping you to be the best version of yourself. He lives with just 15 things in his life, according to Business Insider, including three pairs of pants, three t-shirts, a laptop, a mobile phone, an iPad, and $4,000 worth of $2 bills.
But could you do the same?
Most people have an average of 300,000 things within their homes. To condense that into just 15 seems like an impossible task.
We spoke to Irene and Emma at Spacer to get their thoughts on decluttering, and they offered these techniques inspired by organising consultant, Marie Kondo.
1. Don’t Get Sentimental
It’s a difficult thing to do, but put your feelings aside and get rid of anything that is no longer of use. This could be an old sports jersey that you’ve outgrown, school uniforms, school textbooks and notepads – maybe even old letters or postcards. If you’re struggling to part with a belonging, Marie Kondo suggests a simple process to help determine what to keep and how to say goodbye.
Kondo recommends you hold the object in question close and if it sparks joy, it should stay. If it doesn’t, thank it for its service and discard.
2. Organise By Category
The majority of people clean in order of rooms, organising objects in a particular space until it is devoid of clutter, before moving on to the next. However, Kondo suggests this can be a waste of time and creates more work in the long run.
She recommends focusing on one category of belongings at a time instead. Start with things like documents or books, collate them all and then really take the time to go through them, see what you need and enjoy, and donate or dispose of the rest.
For those who believe in the flow of energy and Feng Shui, decluttering is not just for cleansing the home, but also your life. When you have so many objects living together in a room, it can affect the air flow, creating a stagnancy and stuffiness that can make your space unproductive.
By removing items in the room, you’re opening up the area to allow light into the space again. Even if you don’t believe in these things, you can’t deny that stale air can be hindering. Keeping your space bright and open helps keep you fresh as well!
4. Fold Your Clothes
There are so many different ways to store your clothing. Most commonly, people will fold clothes in a cubby or shelf, or hang it in a closet. Marie Kondo recommends you fold your clothes and place them in a dresser instead. She even has a special vertical fold to help you house more of your clothes.
You can divide the drawers into sections with fabric dresser dividers in order to categorise even further and make finding an outfit that much easier.
5. Utilise Your Closet
Just because the majority of your clothes are folded away in a dresser, doesn’t mean your hanging closet should be neglected. The absence of your shirts leaves more room for creasables and longer items such as dresses, winter jackets and coats. Since you have all that extra room, you can afford to leave small spaces in between each article of clothing, allowing them a chance to breathe.
6. Change Up Your Style
After so many years of recycling the same decorative pieces, paintings and clothing, it might be a good time to change it up a little and rediscover your style. Over the years, you might find that the things you liked before may not appeal to you now.
It’s recommended that you go through your belongings often to see if you even want them anymore. Do your clothes still fit? Do your decor items still suit your home? If you’re looking for a fresh look, be adventurous with bold pops of colour.
Apply these tips to your lifestyle and feel the difference! Minimalism isn’t just trendy – it can have a large impact on your happiness.