5 Strategies For Decluttering In 2017 (And How It Could Pay Off Big!)

This stylish bedroom by Lindsey Coral Harper might inspire you to organize and re-do your guest room.

Perhaps more popular than the promise to head to the gym more often, the resolution to finally get organized in the New Year is one that thousands make as the clock strikes midnight on December 31. (It was even on our list of Design Resolutions!) If the first week of 2017 was spent trying to get up the motivation to clear out what’s old to make way for new beginnings, here are a few ideas to get you in the decluttering frame of mind:

1. Start small.

Even if you need to declutter multiple rooms, it’s easier to measure your progress (and keep your motivation up) to start in a small area. Think: Closets, bathrooms, or lesser-used rooms, like the guest room.

2. It’s less about getting rid of things, and more about deciding what you love.

The ever-popular Marie Kondo focused her first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, entirely on this topic. This shift in perspective makes it a little easier to let go of things that you’re keeping out of obligation or guilt (like the storage chest from college that’s followed you through many, many moves).

3. Consign!

Viyet is, after all, the premiere marketplace for buying and consigning designer furniture, accessories, and décor, along with antiques and art. If you have any items in these categories, set up a (free) appointment with our curators. They’ll assess the value, photograph the items, and then work with Viyet’s team to list the items on Viyet.com. Consignors can get up to 60% of the item’s selling price. Find out more about how to consign with Viyet.

4. Get in a generous frame of mind.

Whether you’re donating old business attire or non-designer furniture that’s still in great shape, imagining the item’s “second life” can help you let go. Focus less about losing the item, and more about how much of a difference it’ll make in someone else’s life.

5. Follow the “one in, one out” rule.

This is a basic rule of thumb that can help even committed collectors keep their spaces clear: If one item comes into your home, another must be consigned, donated, or given away. After following this rule, you’ll notice that you’ll be more selective about your purchases, only bringing in items you truly love.

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