Everyone I know has too much stuff. People I don’t know must, too, given the success of Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up Netflix reality series.
In the spirit of less-is-more, here are five sneaky ways to shrink your stuff:
Sneak #1 – The Most Effective Sneak
Don’t buy in the first-place; clutter avoided. Bonus: Save 100%.
Sneak #2 – Apply Trump’s Regulatory Rule
When you buy one, get rid of two. Whether or not you’re a Trump fan, this two-for-one idea helps declutter.
Sneak #3 – Shrink the Pile
Tiny steps add up: purge one thing a day. At years’ end, that’s 365 fewer items in your home. This works well if you also diligently follow Sneaks #1 and #2.
Sneak #4 – Trick-Trash
Not quite sure you’re ready to get rid of something? Trick-trash it. Box it up, label it with a date three-months out, then stick it on a shelf. When the date hits, do not open; do bring directly to the thrift store. You won’t even know what you’re getting rid of. No-regrets decluttering!
Sneak #5 – Pretend It’s Rented
It’s easy to return something you’ve rented. You can return a Redbox DVD or a rented car effortlessly, without suffering. But get rid of something you own? Ouch; that’s where the pain is. Try and treat other stuff as if rented, especially when you’re initially buying; this primes you for an easier parting later.
What about you? Do you have stuff-taming sneaks that work for you? Share them in the comments!