Declutter Your Space: Try The 20/20 & 5 Sec Rules

Most of us have a natural tendency to accumulate material things over time. Beyond basic things like clothes and kitchen gadgets there are those sentimental things that you’ve held onto for years.  

Research shows that people perform better and think clearer when they are in an organized, peaceful environment. Clutter leads to chaos and may very well affect your well being. 

Try these two super smart rules for decluttering your space:

  1. The 20/20 Rule 
  2. The Five-Second Rule

The 20/20 rule is a game changer for folks who just don’t let go of anything and keep bringing back more junk to clutter up the place. Try this sure fire method for purging stuff from the home. 

Pick up anything you fancy in your space and ask yourself – could you replace this item for $20 in less than 20 minutes? If the answer is yes, toss it.  

Another great rule is the five-second rule. Grab something that you haven’t used for quite some time, count down to five, four, three, two, one. If you can’t remember the last time you used it, get rid of it. 

These two rules will completely change the way you deal with everything. How you spend your time, your work, your relationships, and as a result you’ll find that you’re more grounded, less stressed, and have more confidence in the authentic you. I

What to do with all these things? Identify charities where you can donate your clutter, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. If you are purging things that are valuable, sell them online and give yourself a treat with the extra cash. 

Here are some guidelines to help you during the purge. 

The Kitchen 

Organizing and decluttering the kitchen is a good place to start. Go through the cabinets, drawers, and pantries and toss or donate the following:

  • Broken or unused small appliances
  • Cookbooks and recipe notes that you don’t use
  • Expired foods
  • Mismatched or broken storage containers and dishes
  • Surplus items, such as sauce packets or takeout plasticware
  • coffee mugs and water bottles
  • Unused utensils and cooking items

Bedroom & Closet

Toss out anything that is worn, stained, or no longer fits. Donate or sell things that still have value and toss out the rest. Just follow the 20/20 and Five Second Rule to guide you. 

The Living Room

These shared spaces are often fertile ground to creating more space in your home. Focus on items that are good candidates for getting rid of: 

  • Books
  • Game consoles and accessories
  • Movies (CDs, VHS tapes, etc.)
  • Old electronics and other gadgets
  • Old magazines
  • Unused cords and remotes

Pro Tip –
Don’t try tossing out anything that isn’t yours. Stick to stuff that is yours and yours alone. Tactfully ask the household to tackle their stuff to maintain peace and order in the homestead.

The Bathroom & Linen Closet

Toss out old towels, toiletries you don’t use, and expired medications. Get rid of mismatched sheet sets, stained pillows, and soiled comforters. 

When purging stuff, remain objective and don’t let your emotions get in the way. Remember the goal is to make your space more livable and less chaotic. If you have some sentimental or valuable belongings you simply can’t part with, consider putting them in self storage. 

Everyone is doing more with less these days. Create more space by putting your seasonal clothes and sports gear in self storage. Self storage is a low cost, convenient solution.  

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