5 Ways to Declutter

I read a book called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and got inspired to declutter.

I bet you’re reading this blog to have a minimalist lifestyle. So, to start off our road to minimalism, we should tackle a little bit about the KonMari Method, the importance of decluttering and 5 ways to start discarding.

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The Japanese Art of Decluttering

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo introduced her special method called The KonMari Method, which has been the newest lifestyle phenomenon that will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the spark of a tidy home.

The KonMari Method can easily be explained in two sentences: Start by discarding. Then organize your space, thoroughly, completely, in one go (Kondo, 2014).

Hearing this simple method made me wonder how effective it really was. But after reading the book, my curiosity was answered and left me with a lot of realization:

First, I suddenly had the urge to start tidying up

Second, I was motivated to live a minimalist lifestyle.

Lastly, living a minimalist lifestyle will save me a lot of money in the future.

If you’re curious to what I mean, I encourage you to read the book if you’re ready for a change.

You can purchase the book here


Declutter First, Organize Later

A lot of people consider organizing as tidying up their space. But the truth is, adding more storage, cabinets, and boxes will contribute to more mess. In fact, they will continually go on for weeks organizing their place because nothing is really changing.

That’s why it is very crucial to take away the unused garments and old pieces in your place before the organization process.

Doing this will not only clear up your space, but it will also clear up your mindset as you will only be surrounded by the things that “spark joy” to you.

So how do you get started?

5 Ways to Declutter

Have a clear mindset

  • Remind yourself that decluttering now will lessen your cleaning time in the future.
  • Remember that these stuff doesn’t define you. It doesn’t equivalent to wealth or success.
  • If you want more help from a professional and fully understand the art of decluttering without paying so much, then I’d highly recommend for you to read Kondo’s book.

Declutter by category

  • I would recommend to start from an area with more items then work your way down with the least items.
  • Your wardrobe will take the longest to declutter so it’s an ideal area to start.
  • Have three bins for Keep, Toss & Donate/Sell.

Ask these questions

  • Does it spark joy to me?
  • Do I really need it?
  • Have I used the item in the past 3 months?

Be consistent

  • Declutter in a span of 3-6 months.

Make it fun!

  • Consider cleaning as an event instead of an everyday chore.
  • Listen to music or enjoy some refreshing beverages while decluttering.
  • Treat yourself afterwards, but do not bring in more stuff.

Decluttering is crucial in tidying up your space. It will not only clear up your space, but it will also clear up your mindset as you will only be surrounded by the things that “spark joy” to you. Before you start your decluttering process, remember to:

  • Have a clear mindset
  • Declutter by category
  • Ask THE 3 questions
  • Be consistent
  • Make it fun!

Or simply read a book dedicated to tidiness.




Kondo, M. (2014). The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. NY: Ten Speed Press.

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