How to Marie Kondo-ify Your Apartment

April 16, 2019

If you haven’t watched the new Netflix hit Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, you’re about to see some spoilers: it’s all about cutting the clutter from your life. You don’t really need an in-house expert to help with that, though. Just follow these time-tested tips to declutter your apartment.

  1. Start with the biggest problem area. Maybe your closet is overflowing with barely worn clothing or your bathroom cabinet is packed to the brim with half-used beauty products. When you’re looking for a place to start, it never hurts to begin with the area that contains the most clutter.

  2. Recycle (almost) all things paper. We live in a mostly digital world, so you might be guilty of hanging onto paper stuff that could just as easily be accessed or stored online. This includes most of your paper documents, which you can scan and upload to your computer or the cloud, then shred the originals. It’s just as secure and frees up space. Then there are everyday items like takeout menus, shopping lists, and wall calendars, all of which can be easily digitalized.

  3. Try the four-box method. One of the most important parts of decluttering is getting everything organized. An easy way to do this is to break out four large boxes, one for trash, one for donations, another for items you want to keep, and a final box for things you want to move to a new spot in your home. 

  4. Tackle one room at a time. If you’re overwhelmed by the idea of decluttering your entire apartment, start with a single room. Head to the kitchen and start scouring those cabinets for anything you don’t need, or begin in your home office with those pesky loose papers.

9 Things No One Needs Anymore and Should Declutter [Apartment Therapy]
10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home [Becoming Minimalist]
How to Declutter Your Home, Room by Room [The Spruce]

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