Clear the Clutter: How to Get Organized

People who’ve been blessed with a Type A personality often get a sick sense of enjoyment out of making lists, tidying up, and keeping things just so. Scroll below to learn how to get organized:

But for those of us who are a little more relaxed in our organizational approach, adulting can be hard as objects and tasks can start to pile up and at times even seem insurmountable.If your home and overall life could use a bit of organizing, here are some useful tips to help you get your ducks in a row and start living that Type A life your mother always wanted for you.

Get rid of things that you don’t use

This tip seems like a no-brainer, but chances are if you look around your home you’ll see plenty of items that you’re hanging on to “just in case” but that you don’t actually use. The “one-year rule” can really come in handy when deciding what to keep and what to give or throw away. If you haven’t used something in the last year, you don’t need it in your life.

This rule is especially useful when it comes to paring down your closet. Start by turning all the clothes hangers in your closet backward. After wearing something, hang it back up the right way around. After one year, whatever is still hanging up backward can be donated to a local clothing drive or shelter.

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Get rid of things that you don’t like

In Marie Kondo’s best selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, the Japanese organizational guru gave one big piece of advice that was both widely admired and scoffed at. She advised that you should assess your possessions one by one while asking yourself, does it spark joy?

While it might seem silly considering there are many things in our lives that are joyless but still completely necessary, it can be a good jumping-off point for general clutter around your house. If something doesn’t make you happy when you look at it, consider whether you actually need it around. Life is too short to be surrounded by things that make you unhappy.

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