Make de-cluttering an easier job with tiny tips for beginners

Sometimes, all the stuff you don’t know what to do with ends up in your garage. Getty Images

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Organizing the chaos of a well-loved and lived-in home can be a challenge. One trendy lifestyle approach gaining popularity is the idea of living better with less. Give it a try for yourself with these tips:

Start small: Don’t expect to tackle your entire house at once and instantly achieve the clean lines of the minimalist homes you see in magazines or Pinterest.

You can begin with one room or even one drawer if a whole room feels daunting and focus on slow but steady progress.

Try to be honest and objective when deciding whether to keep, discard or donate. Ask yourself whether you use an item, if it serves a purpose or brings you joy.

Shop smarter: The easiest and fastest way to declutter is by having less stuff in the first place. And the only way to do that is by making wiser purchasing decisions. Try to only buy fewer, higher-quality goods you really want that will last longer and add value to your life. For example, instead of buying five pairs of fashion-trendy shoes, choose a single pair of classic, durable shoes that go with everything.

Save memories: It can be hard to let go of things that are meaningful but no longer useful to you. A great way to remember your past while leaving space for the future is by taking photos of significant items, like your wedding dress or your kids’ baby toys, and then donating or recycling your things.

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