Sydney Brodie
May 8, 2024
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Moving Help & Tips
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5 Popular Methods of Decluttering: Which One Works Best for You?

Life is hectic and fast-paced, so it's easy for clutter to accumulate in your home. Whether you're constantly on the go for work or attempting to stay on top of family obligations, taking the time to declutter before you move can feel like an impossible task. But eliminating the clutter in your life can have positive impacts such as enhancing your mood and improving your overall quality of life.  

In this blog, we'll take a closer look at five of the most popular decluttering methods to help you determine which one best aligns with your goals and lifestyle.  

5 Popular Decluttering Methods  

Ready to take on your clutter, but unsure where to start? Here are five popular decluttering methods that will help you get started:

1. The KonMari Method  

Made famous by Marie Kondo, the KonMari Method focuses on keeping only items that "spark joy." This approach involves gathering all your belongings by category (clothes, books, papers, etc.) and assessing each item individually. If it doesn't bring you joy or serve a meaningful purpose, it's time to let it go. This method is ideal for those who want to create a more mindful and appreciative relationship with their possessions.

2. The Four Box Method  

The four box method is your best friend for clearing out clutter. Just grab four boxes and slap on labels: keep, donate, sell, and trash. Then, tackle each room, sorting every item into one of these boxes. It's perfect if you're looking for a fast and straightforward way to declutter. It really makes you decide on the spot what stays and what goes.

3. The One-In, One-Out Rule  

This method helps prevent the accumulation of clutter over time. For every new item you bring into your home, you must remove one item of similar size or function. This approach is perfect for minimalists or those who live in smaller spaces and want to maintain a clutter-free environment without the need for periodic purging.

4. The 90/90 Rule  

The 90/90 rule is based on the idea that if you haven't used an item in the past 90 days, and don't plan on using it in the next 90 days, it's time to let it go. This method is excellent for those who struggle with letting go of items they "might need someday". By focusing on recent and near-future usage, you can more easily identify which items are truly necessary.

5. The 5-Minute Decluttering Method  

This method is perfect for busy individuals who struggle to find time for a full-scale decluttering session. Set a timer for 5 minutes and focus on decluttering a single area, such as a drawer or a shelf. Once the timer goes off, stop. Repeat this process daily, and you'll be surprised at how quickly your space transforms.  

This method is ideal for those who prefer a gradual, low-pressure approach to decluttering.

Learn More About How to Declutter and Prepare to Move  

Decluttering your living space can seem daunting, but by choosing a method that aligns with your personality and lifestyle, you'll be well on your way to a more organized and peaceful home. Whether you prefer the mindful approach of the KonMari Method, the decisive nature of the Four Box Method, or the gradual progress of the 5-Minute Decluttering Method, the key is to start somewhere and remain consistent. Remember, a clutter-free space can lead to a clearer mind and a more enjoyable living experience.

Looking for more helpful moving tips? This article answers five frequently asked moving questions and it’s a great place to start when you’re preparing to move.