If you’re constantly tired of the amount of clutter and things around the house that you really don’t need, it might be time to declutter. Here are five tips for when you embark on your mission to remove the clutter around your home.
Create a Checklist
Checklists are great. They can provide motivation to check things off the list and drive you forward in getting things done, but they can also provide some organization and direction in the decluttering journey. There are lots of different templates and suggestions on how to make the perfect checklist online, so have a look around and see what will work for you. If you’re moving, particularly somewhere where you’ll have less space, like Belmont Village, decluttering is a great way to prepare for a move.
Tackle One Drawer a Day
Decluttering doesn’t have to be a big bang event where you go through your entire home all at once with the aim of decluttering. Sometimes a better way to go about it is to simply tackle one thing a day. This can be as small as just clearing out and sorting through one drawer or cupboard every day until you’ve done the entire house. This way you’re only spending a few minutes every day on decluttering and over the course of a few weeks, you’ll suddenly have a home that is less full of clutter and things you’ve been keeping ‘just in case’ than you ever thought possible.
Focus on Your Clothing
A big part of what can quickly take up space and add clutter to our lives is the amount of clothing we hang on to. Go through your closet or wardrobe and be ruthless with what you keep and what you get rid of. If you haven’t worn something in months or even years, why are you keeping it? You can use that space for something better or to declutter surfaces of things that can go into a closet space. It’s the perfect decluttering focus area.
Donate to Charity
There are a few different strategies people use for decluttering, like the 12-12-12 challenge or the four-box method, and in each, there is a component where things are identified that can be donated to charity. Not only is this a wonderful way to declutter and get rid of things that are useful, but you don’t use, but you’re also giving back to your community and to those in need at the same time.
Get Rid of Paper
Another thing that seems to just be everywhere and fill up drawer upon drawer is paper. Get a good quality scanner and start digitizing all your important papers, invoices, bills, and other printed things of importance, and ditch all the paper and filing that fills up the home and creates clutter. A good paperless system saves the environment and is actually much more efficient to use and it is much quicker to find what you’re looking for. You can also ditch printed magazines and newspapers for their digital counterparts too!