Festivals can be pressurizing, especially with nagging Indian parents who won’t let you sit at ease till the house is all tidied up. But how do you even start if you don’t know where to?

If you’re feeling stuck when it comes to decluttering your house for Diwali and you know for a fact that you have more stuff than you need, then here are some tips that may come in handy, but first here’s why getting rid of the junk is so important.

Some benefits of uncluttering your home

  • Helps decrease levels of stress.
  • Helps concentrate on work and studies.
  • Makes your home more welcoming and leaves you feeling less isolated.
  • Increases productivity

Where to start decluttering?

Declutter your mind: Start with cleansing your thoughts. Stop holding on to things that weigh you down and start letting things go. Once the mind is clear, the whole process of decluttering gets easier, giving you more clarity about what you really need, what you want, and what you must get rid of. Diwali cleaning, here we come.

Start with everyday supplies

If you haven’t used it for years, chances are, you don’t need it. Collect all your plastic bags, carton boxes and stuff old supplies and expired products which may be lying on shelves. You don’t want all that clutter to kill your Diwali vibe.

Focus on one room at a time

Don’t wage war at your home in a day or you won’t have any energy left to celebrate when the big day comes. Divide your time in such a manner that you take one day or a few hours for each room in your house before Diwali. That way you will be able to thoroughly finish decluttering each room without having to worry about clearing all the trash at once.

Make quick decisions

When deciding what to keep and what not to keep, make quick decisions. The longer you ponder on the thought of whether or not you need something, the longer you will want to keep it. Don’t linger, Diwali is here!

Use the one-box method

Having multiple boxes for multiple things may make you want to keep certain boxes ‘in case’ you need them or ‘in case’ somebody else needs these things, or even just to preserve some small memories. Use one box instead, dump it all in together and trash it away.

Donate stuff

Give away what you don’t need to charities or NGOs helping the needy because what’s a waste to one may be wealth to another. And nothing feels better than knowing that you made somebody’s Diwali.

Ask yourself these questions

  • Do I use this often?
  • Do I have something else that can serve the same purpose as this?
  • If I lost this, would I go out and buy one again right away?
  • Does this have a home

Also read: How to start decluttering: Make room for joy in life



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