In a world full of product diversity, special offers and mouth-watering videos it’s easy to get carried away and let temptation drive us to too many purchases. Many items people buy are unnecessary or quickly forgotten. It’s especially worse if you are a bit of a hoarder and always think you will need that one item at some point in the future, so you will save it. Clutter and disorder are a serious issue and can cause a great deal of stress, sometimes without even realizing it.
You don’t have to be a minimalist and keep only what you need for survival. You can live more organized by prioritizing and learning to live with a bit less. Here are a few tips on how you can declutter your home and live a happier life.
1. Quality over Quantity
Nowadays the market is abundant with everything you can dream of. For most shoppers, it’s no longer a case of not finding a certain product. It’s all about getting the best deal on quantity. People often buy cheaper products in bulk thinking they will have a long term supply, but that is rarely the case.
Focus on quality instead. Don’t buy the cheap $10 pack of knives that won’t stay sharp for long and you will just lose around the house. Instead, invest in one high-quality knife that’s a bit pricier. You will have more than just long-lasting quality. You will also respect your purchase and cherish the knife. By treating it with more care because it’s valuable, you won’t lose it so easily in some long forgotten closet or box in the basement.
2. Fight Nostalgia
It’s ok to cherish memories, souvenirs, and photos. However, often people avoid throwing something away because they simply had it for a long time and sometimes they might use it again. This is the time to ask yourself a few questions. Do you need this? Do you use it? Do you like it? If you stop to think about your answer even for a second, get rid of that item. You are just looking for excuses and reasons why you might need it at some point in the future. It’s clutter and it piles up.
3. Shop Carefully
It’s easy to let yourself be convinced by all the discounts and marketing tricks to buy a pack of something when you only need one. Buy what you need, don’t act emotionally on sales and make your decision strictly within reason. Many people just buy something because it’s on sale and no other reason.
4. Choose your Hobbies
Many people experiment with a variety of hobbies and eventually let go of some of them. The problem is, they let go of the hobby but not of everything that came with it. Having multiple interests to keep you busy is perfectly fine, but having stuff you no longer use is clutter. Go through every hobby related item you have and if you haven’t practiced it in years, it’s time to host a garage sale or donate.