How to declutter your home, from people who know
Before you start organizing, think of a goal for what you want your home to be.
- Americans are engaged in a frenzy of decluttering, thanks in large part to the Netflix series "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo."
- If you're trying to get organized, you might want to start small and take your time, according to two decluttering experts we spoke with.
- They said the best decluttering process for you could depend on your organization style. Here are their best tips for decluttering.
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If you want to go full Marie Kondo and dump all your belongings in the middle of the room at once, have at it. But, if you're like most people, a more incremental approach to decluttering your house might be more successful."We think Marie Kondo has been remarkable," Karen Shinn, co-founder of Toronto-based Downsizing Diva and a member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers, told Business Insider. "We are thrilled to have her on the scene."
But Shinn sees decluttering as a more of a process, not something that can be done in one day. And Lis McKinley, owner of the organization company Let's Make Room, shared her view."Unless you know what questions to ask yourself to decide whether you're going to keep something or not, you can get stuck," McKinley told Business Insider.
We asked McKinley and Shinn to share their best advice for decluttering your home.Here's how you should do it, according to the experts.
Know your organizing goal
Take stock of everything you have
'Edit' your stuffAdvertisement
Fight the paper monster
Assign a home for every item you're keepingAdvertisement
Keep photos of things, not the things themselves
Don't worry about where it's goingAdvertisement
Do worry about where it's going