10 Simple Tips to Declutter Your Home – Home Organization
Before we get into the heavy stuff, let’s look at 10 simple tips that will help you declutter your home. As with everything in life, getting rid of the clutter around your home can be broken down into simple steps. Use the following tips to begin cleaning up the clutter now:
1. Spend 20 minutes a day decluttering. Looking at a cluttered home can create a feeling of hopelessness in even the most determined of folks. It’s tough to decide where to start and even tougher to see a scenario in which the house actually gets cleaned from top to bottom. Instead of trying to do it all at once, spend 20 minutes a day working on a small section at a time. This breaks the work up into manageable chunks and allows you to succeed, one small section at a time.
2. Spend the rest of the day not adding to the clutter. While you only need to spend 20 minutes a day decluttering, you’re going to need to spend the rest of the day not adding to the clutter. Stop adding new stuff to the mix and put things away when you’re done using them. You’re fighting a losing battle if you’re cleaning for 20 minutes and recluttering the house during the remaining 1420 minutes.
3. Donate or sell the stuff you’re getting rid of. If you can afford to donate the stuff you’re getting rid of, that’s probably the best option because it gets rid of the items you’re clearing from the house. Give them away to friends or donate them to your local charity group. If you’re strapped for cash, have a garage sale or get a space at your local flea market. Just don’t use this as an excuse to keep all of the items you’re trying to get rid of. If they don’t sell, find other ways to get rid of them.
4. Do one room at a time… or if it’s really bad, do one section of a room at a time. Pick a room, any room and start in one corner. Start in one corner and declutter that corner, then make your way around the room. Clean the floor, then knock out flat surfaces. Get rid of the big stuff first, then work your way down to the small stuff. Save drawers and cabinets for last, as they’re the places that are usually the most cluttered.
5. Create a chart that you check off as you go. Set small, easily attainable goals that help you work toward the big picture. Set target dates by which you plan to declutter sections of the house, then get to it and get it done by that date.
6. One in two out. This rule states that for every item you bring into the house, you need to remove two items. This makes you really think about what you do and don’t need. If an item is important enough for you to get rid of two items for it, then you might really need it. Don’t cheat. Trading a large lamp for two paperclips isn’t going to get you anywhere.
7. The 6-month storage rule. Take everything you’re not sure about and store it in a sealed box out of sight for 6 months. If, after 6 months you find you haven’t found a need for any of the items, get rid of the entire box without opening it and looking at the items in it.
8. Donate any clothing items you haven’t worn for a year. If you have clothing items that have sat in your closet for a year, donate them.
9. Enlist the help of good friends and family members. It can help to have someone help you get rid of the clutter in your house. They aren’t emotionally attached to the items like you are and are better able to tell what’s junk and what isn’t. Don’t hover over them and force them to put back every item they decide to toss.
10. When you’re at the store and you find yourself wanting something that isn’t essential, you should write the item down and purchase it later if you still have to have it. In the beginning, this list will probably be pretty big. It will allow you to see how much stuff you would have added to the clutter for no reason other than to buy it on impulse.
Article From : Kershaw, Michael (2012-04-01). How To Declutter Your Home and Simplify Your Life (Simple Living).