A cluttered home can happen easily. If all of the things that you’ve collected are causing a disorganized mess, it’s time to declutter your home. We’ll walk you through some painless ways to get rid of the clutter and keep your belongings organized.
1. Plan to Declutter Your Home.
Once you realize that there is a clutter problem, make a plan. Is your entire home cluttered or just certain areas? Wherever your problem areas are, you can use these effective methods to declutter your home.
- Set up a system. Have three bins ready before you begin sorting. One could be for things to donate and the other two could be for storage items and things that just need to be put away. Also, have one bag for trash and one bag for recycling. This will give you somewhere to start when you are ready to declutter your home.
- Start small and work your way up to big. If your entire home needs help, start with one room. If it’s just one room, start with a section of the room. The important thing is to stay focused.
- It’s a good idea to start by sorting through everything in your closets and drawers. This way, you’ll have freed up some storage space for the things that you want to keep.
- Embark on this project when you don’t have distractions. Clear your schedule on the day you want to declutter your home.
- If you come across something and you can’t decide whether or not to keep it, think about whether it’s been used in the last year. If not, you probably don’t need it.
2. Flat Surfaces
Paying special attention to the flat surfaces in your home like countertops and bathroom vanities will help you declutter your home. These spots are where the most daily clutter often accumulates.
First, get everything off of the counters. Then, you can think of better places for everything so it doesn’t get disorderly again. Always put items back in their designated place.
You may be surprised at how much old, useless mail you’ll come across when you start sorting through drawers and closets. File what is important and recycle or shred the rest of it.
4. Cluttered Electrical Wires
Some of the clutter might not be from having too many things, but rather how they are being used. Electrical wires can add to the feeling of clutter when there are too many of them. You can hold them together with zip ties so they don’t look tangled and unorganized.
Clothing can be hard to part with, but most people have too many clothes. Just ask yourself these three questions and do the right thing.
- Does it fit?
- Is anything wrong with it?
- Was it worn in the past year?
6. Rule of Thumb
When you decide to declutter your home, the hardest part is often choosing what you want to keep and what to get rid of. If you haven’t used it in over a year, it really qualifies as clutter and needs a new home.