Tips and Tricks for Decluttering

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Clutter seems to multiply all by itself. Try these tips and tricks to keep Chicago apartments clear of clutter for good. It’s easier than you may think to have a peaceful, soothing, clutter-free environment.

Declutter for 15 Minutes per Day

No matter how busy your schedule, you can probably find 15 minutes per day to devote to decluttering. This may not seem like a lot of time, but if you are consistent and do this every day, or almost every day, it is enough for you to start seeing great results.

Most days, you bring new items into your apartment, including your mail and things you’ve bought at the store. By devoting just 15 minutes a day, you will be able to throw out or give away more items than you bring in. That means that over time, the number of things in your apartment will decrease. Eventually, you will be left with just the things that you love.

Say Goodbye to Your Items Before You Discard Them

If you become emotionally attached to your possessions and find it hard to throw them away, even when you no longer need them or they are worn out, take a tip from decluttering guru Marie Kondo. Say “goodbye” to your beloved possessions and thank them for their service. That sounds goofy, but it works!

You can also take a picture of an item before discarding or giving it away. A digital picture will preserve the memory, which is what is really important without taking up any space in your apartment. This works especially well with memorabilia from trips and items given to you by family and friends.

Visualize Your Apartment as You Want It to Appear

Creating an image in your mind of a beautiful clutter-free apartment can motivate you to keep on decluttering and help guide you in the right direction. When you can see your desired outcome in your mind’s eye, you will find ways to turn your vision into reality.

It helps when you start with a spectacular place, like the apartments in North Harbor Tower. Come visit us in the Chicago, Illinois, Lake Shore East neighborhood to see our amazing 360-degree views of the city and Lake Michigan.

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