Clean in one go.
Instead of spreading your cleaning over a long period of time, eliminate clutter thoroughly within in a sport span of time.
Tidying starts with discarding.
The question is not “What do I discard?” to “What do I keep?”, and everything will fall into its place.
Ask yourself “Does this item spark joy?”
If no, the answer is clear. Discard the item.
After discarding, decide where to store.
Putting things away first creates illusion that clutter has been solved. But sooner or later, all storage units will be full and the room will once again overflow.
Move from easy to hard, that is start with items with little sentimental and functional values (such as clothes). Save hard times such as photos for the last.
Thank the item before you discard.
Appreciate for its service before you send on its way to serve a purpose for someone else.
Check if the item has served its purpose.
Gift cards carry messages from friends and loved ones, bringing you joy and happiness. But even though you keep them around, you probably never look at them again. You received a message and therefore you can now let them go. The item has served its purpose.
Stacking is very hard on things at the bottom.
Furthermore, you can stack forever and endless on top, making it harder to notice the increasing volume. Vertical folding is the way to go.
Learning how to let go and what to keep is a matter of how you want to live your life.
We attach to things because of past and emotional bonds. When you detox your belongings, you detox your body and mind. Surround yourself with things that spark joy and you will become happy.