We have all tried to reduce clutter and often getting started is one of the hardest parts which is why we created the 20% less equation for decluttering. Less "stuff" in important not only for the health of our environment, but also the happiness and health of your home. This is why we created a free monthly decluttering calendar. But how much clutter should you focus on removing? How do you jumpstart your decluttering project? The 20% less equation is a simple way to reduce clutter and see an immediate impact. Here is how it works.
Lets use a closet for an easy example. Take a look at your closet and do a total. You can total up every item or even break it out into categories. A category could be shirts, shoes, sweaters, dresses, etc.
For example, if you have 100 items total in your closet, 20% would be 20 items to be removed. If you pick categories, it would look more like the list below:
It's up to you on choosing categories or just focusing on reducing the total number of items. What is important is having that goal in mind to know you have been successful!
It's very important to not just toss all of the the times you have removed from your closet as they take up space in our landfills. We like to do a donate, toss or recycle pile for all items we are removing and decluttering.
According to the Story of Stuff, "The U.S. generates an average of 25 billion pounds of textiles per year, or 82 pounds per person (just THINK of what the rest of the world generates!)." We put together this list to help making your donating and recycling easy!
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