1. Take Inventory
A minimalist decluttering checklist begins with taking inventory of the items in your home. This can help you identify how much clutter you are dealing with and plan out which items need to be kept and which ones should be discarded or donated. To do this, start by making a list of all your possessions, making sure to list each item individually and note its condition.
2. Set Goals
It’s important to set realistic goals for yourself in order to be successful with your decluttering efforts. Start by setting a timeline of when you want to complete the decluttering process and decide how much time you can commit to it each week or day. This will help keep you on track and make sure that all areas of your home get addressed during the decluttering process.
3. Sort Items Into Piles
Once you have taken inventory, begin sorting items into different piles such as “keep”, “donate”, “recycle”, etc. As you go through this step, try to be mindful and ask yourself if you really need the items or if they are just taking up precious space.
4. Assess Clothing
Clothing is often one of the hardest things to declutter so take extra care when going through your wardrobe. Make sure to only keep clothing that still fits, is in good condition and that you actually like wearing. Donating or selling clothes can be a great way to make room for new pieces while also helping others in need.
5. Organize Room By Room
Organizing your home room-by-room can help you stay focused and make sure that every area gets addressed during the decluttering process. If possible, start with the areas of your home where there tends to be the most clutter (e.g. bedroom, living room, etc.) and then move on to the smaller areas.
6. Make Use Of Storage Solutions
Now that you’ve gone through all your items and sorted them into the keep and donate piles, it’s time to find ways to store them in an organized manner. Investing in storage solutions such as shelves, containers or bins is a great way to make sure that everything has its place without taking up too much space.
7. Declutter Digitally
Decluttering doesn’t just have to apply to physical items - digital clutter can be just as overwhelming! To help declutter digitally start by going through all of the files on your computer and deleting any that are no longer needed. You can also unsubscribe from email lists, delete unused apps and back up important files to an external hard drive or cloud storage.
8. Maintenance Mode
Once you’ve gotten through the initial decluttering process it’s important to maintain this level of organization by regularly going through your belongings and getting rid of items that no longer serve a purpose. This will help keep your home clutter-free and make sure that everything has its place.
9. Stay Motivated
Decluttering is not always easy, so make sure to reward yourself for all the hard work you put in! Whether it’s taking a break after each task is completed or treating yourself to a new item, find ways to stay motivated and celebrate all your decluttering successes.