A Lesson from the Uncluttered

Spring-cleaning is a beautiful thing: fresh scents, open spaces, and the feeling of accomplishment you get when you toss junk that’s been clogging up your life. If only it wasn’t so stressful. If you find yourself overwhelmed with storage boxes, stuffed attics, and closet clutter, don’t fear! Mr Junk has found your decluttering inspiration.

A New Way of Thinking

The internet is full of useful tips for home organization and creative storage. But when it comes to unnecessary junk, no one declutters quite like a minimalist! If you find yourself holding onto items you no longer have a use for, it may be time for a shift in perspective. Minimalists believe in leading simple lives uncluttered by unnecessary possessions. While most of us aren’t sold on the idea of paring down to 20, 50, or 100 possessions, the minimalist mindset is useful in separating the junk from the treasures.

Cleaning Like a Minimalist

bedroom overflowing with junkMinimalists weren’t born free of junk drawers and overflowing closets; they retrained their mind to reflect their ideals. Many of their restructuring techniques are useful for hauling spring junk or cleaning out forgotten storage units.

  • Start small. Declutter counter spaces and open cabinets first, then take a break so you don’t get bogged down in what you’re losing.
  • Reduce your clutter little by little by giving away one item a day.
  • Change your perspective to get rid of clutter that blends into the background.
  • Try the hanger trick. Face all the hangers in your closet in one direction. When you wear an item, flip around the hanger. At the end of a year, toss the items you haven’t worn.
  • Make it a game. Test yourself to see how few items you can survive on for a month. After four weeks are up, you’ll see your clutter in a new light.
  • Get in it for the long haul. Go through your house room by room, placing every item you own in a box to keep, donate, recycle, or throw away. Reorganize the stuff you want, and call Mr Junk to haul away the rest.

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