With many of us spending more time at home recently, the chance to declutter your dormant goods may be one gift of isolation. This week we delve into the benefits of clearing out your ‘clutter’ and how to do so in a way that delights someone else’s life.
Decluttering is the term given to literally removing clutter from your space, whether that be your home, workplace or other area you frequent often. Synonymous with ‘spring cleaning’, decluttering involves sorting through the items you own to determine what is still valued and useful, and what is no longer needed or wanted.
If you’re now working from home, it may be in your best interest to rid your space of extra mess. Psychologists have suggested that there’s an intrinsic link between clutter and one’s mental health. Research on the subject implies that more clutter leads to higher stress levels and that its presence can lead to unproductive behaviour and an unfocused mind!
Decluttering has recently experienced a resurgence like no other. Marie Kondo’s best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, captivated readers with its new take on home organisation. Its popularity was spurred on by the successful spin-off Netflix show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. If you’re unfamiliar with Marie Kondo, her ‘KonMari’ method of tidying taps into the spiritual connection one has with the clutter they own. Her belief is that one should only possess belongings that inspire a happy sensation or are associated with wonderful memories. If a possession of yours doesn’t ‘spark joy’ then it isn’t worth holding on to.
Easy ways to start decluttering
Her other tidying tips are easy ways to make a start on your decluttering mission…
- Need storage? Don’t purchase storage containers without knowing exactly what you’re using them for – make use of the boxes you already have at home.
- A great way to mindfully reduce the amount of plastic you’re buying too!
- Get rid of loose paperwork – they’re not needed in the digital age. Important papers can be photographed or scanned into your computer.
- Make sure all your papers go into the recycling bin to help our environment!
- Make note of what’s in your pantry – only keep what you will use and enjoy.
- With all the cooking at home this is especially important! If your food items are unopened and still in date, consider donating them to a service like Foodbank!
- Ensure everything has its ‘place’ in your space.
- This will help to prevent loose clutter and any future messes from occurring!
Here to help with dormant goods
Once you’ve been through a decluttering process, there’s always that final stage of ensuring your clutter actually leaves your home and your car!! If you’re unsure what to do with your dormant goods or where to take them, we’re here to help! World’s Biggest Garage Sale has now moved to a brand new warehouse The Depot, Rivermakers, conveniently located at Morningside. We are offering a contactless declutter drive-thru drop-off point for all of your dormant goods. Say goodbye to clutter and feel good knowing that your items will delight someone else, as we give your items a new home and lease on life.
For more details on dropping off your dormant goods, feel free to contact us via our website!