How to Decide What to Keep When Decluttering

This is your year to finally get—and stay—organized. Here, experts reveal their best tips, tricks and strategies for keeping a clutter-proof home.

In order to maintain a clutter-free home, you need to get to the root of why things pile up in the first place. The NEAT Method founders Molly Graves and Ashley Murphy believe that most people fall into the following clutter personalities:

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During the first week of the January Cure, one of the main tasks was to set up an Outbox to help clear out items that you no longer want or need. I’m a die-hard devotee of the Outbox, but it can still be somewhat difficult to figure out what items belong there. Here are some questions to ask yourself if you’re stuck.

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Easy Declutter Challenge: 200 Things to throw away (plus free printable)

You are still you without all the stuff. You are not defined by all the things that you surround yourself with. I think that sometimes we forget that. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by ‘what others have’. Constantly comparing ourselves to everyone and succumbing to the urge to get more ‘stuff’ to feel better about ourselves.

Choosing to live with less is empowering. It frees you from needing things to make you happy.

Living with less isn’t about depriving yourself. It’s simply about having enough.

Enough to feel content. Enough to eat. Enough to bring you Peace at night. It’s about surrounding yourself only with the things you love, need or add meaning to your life. Everything else is simply clutter.

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