The thought of living with less clutter is appealing to many, and the benefits are well-known. Owning less stuff means having more time for the most important aspects of our lives, and even feeling more comfortable in our own home. As desirable as those results may be, the thought of decluttering a home can be overwhelming with a lifetime of stuff collected in basements and closets. While minimizing will likely require significant time and effort to accomplish, having a good decluttering method to follow can make all the difference.

It wasn’t until Amy and I found a decluttering method called The Minimalist Game that we started making consistent progress towards getting rid of the clutter in our lives. It can be intimidating to know where to start, but choosing one of these six popular decluttering methods can help.

Whether you’re new to minimalism or looking for new ways to further your minimalist lifestyle, the methods below are frameworks to help guide you. If you prefer video, click play on the video below or click here to watch on YouTube. Otherwise, read on!

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1. KonMari Method

This method was made popular by Marie Kondo, the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and is arguably one of the most well-known decluttering methods out there. With over four million book copies sold, it’s no surprise that her method has gotten so much attention.

Basics: The core principle of the KonMari method is that instead of deciding what to get rid of, you choose what to keep and declutter the rest. To get started, collect every single item you own in a particular category and put them in a big pile. For example, get every t-shirt that you own and put them on the bed. Hold, feel, or wear each one so that you can get a good sense of how it makes you feel. While doing this, ask:

Does this (shirt) spark joy in my heart?

Read more here about decluttering for a minimalist lifestyle from Anthony!