Declutter Là Gì

to organize and prioritize (one’s commitments, material possessions, etc.): Declutter your calendar and spend more time with your family.

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Whether tossing out tchotchkes from your living room or clearing your mind of pointless thoughts, to declutter is to remove messes—or clutter—from a space.

Physically, decluttering involves getting rid of unnecessary things, such as unused clothes crowding a closet, to tidy up a room or area. Figuratively, decluttering involves organizing and making priorities to streamline one’s life.

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The earliest form of declutter found so far is decluttering, in the 1940s. Declutter took off in the 1950s when it was becoming increasingly applied to the domestic sphere. In 1950, the women’s lifestyle magazine Vogue advised housewives to “de-clutter” their “living rooms.”

This use of declutter, it’s interesting to consider, may coincide with two cultural trends. First, the expansion of the US economy after World War II, a time marked by increased levels of consumption and home ownership. Second, as soldiers came home from war, they brought to mainstream society a lot of specialized vocabulary. In the 1940s, clutter was used in the US military for unnecessary images on a radar screen; we can find declutter being used as the removal of such images in electronic displays in the 1960s.

Enter Marie Kondo. The organizational consultant launched her decluttering empire in the 1990s, in her home country of Japan. Her business boomed, and she began authoring books teaching people her “KonMari” method, a way of decluttering by categorically going through all your possessions and only keeping things that “spark joy.” Her book, published in the US as The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, became a bestseller when published in Japan in 2011, and in the US in 2014.

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Now, decluttering doesn’t just apply to our material belongings. You can declutter your calendar to have more free time or to be more efficient at work. You can declutter your mind, which some life coaches have dubbed “mental minimalism.” This practice promotes living in the present, avoiding multitasking, and setting boundaries on everything from checking email and media consumption to personal relationships.