Spring is often considered a time to clean your space and get rid of junk.
As Alice Inoue, founder of Happiness U, explains, “We’re tied to every single thing in our environment. Think about clutter. It’s been there a long time. It’s unused, unloved, it’s kind of dead. So what it does is it drains our energy.”
Clearing your clutter can be intimidating, so Inoue offers easy tips to help you get started.
1. Pick a place and just start. “Just go to any corner and clear any corner,” she advises. “Do what’s closest to you. Start with your night stand. Start with your bathroom sink. Start with a drawer. You just want to do something.”
2. Take care of yourself first, then inspire others to do the same.
3. Carve out time to declutter. Block out time like you would an appointment or vacation.
4. Set small goals. Don’t expect to get everything done right away.
5. Recognize and appreciate the broader benefits of decluttering. “Clearing your clutter on the physical can help you emotionally, mentally, and spiritually have greater clarity,” Inoue says.