Whether you want to impress prospective buyers, redesign your living space, or reduce anxiety and stress levels, decluttering your home can prove highly beneficial. It can also seem like an insurmountable challenge if you have a lifetime of memories, and they’re all vying for space in your home. Below are 7 tips that will help you bring order to the chaos and meaning to your home interior.
Schedule Decluttering Time
Whether it’s straight after the kids are in bed, first thing in the morning, or after work on a Friday, set aside some decluttering time. Make sure that it’s a time that you can regularly put aside for the purpose of tidying up and make sure that you stick to it. Set a reminder on your calendar, or an alarm on your phone, and when it goes off, get clearing.
Even a few minutes can make a big difference, especially if you are only just starting out. Take five minutes, or ten minutes, and tackle the overflowing bookcase shelf. If you’ve got a quarter of an hour, make a start on the closet in the hall. Once you get started, you might find that ten minutes becomes a 20 minute clean, and you’ve cleared a shelf and a closet.
Ask For Help
Everybody at home should have some involvement in decluttering. Assign different rooms and different piles to relevant people. If you have young children, it can be better to enlist the objective eye of a parent to help decide what is, and what is no longer a regularly used toy. Ask other members of the family to help if it’s a really big job.
Make Decluttering A Habit
When you use something, put it away as soon as you’ve finished. If you work from home, ensure that you clean your desk and your work area as soon as you shut down your computer for the day. It sounds simple, but it can be a deceptively-difficult habit to get into.
Keep Or Donate
Have two piles of items – one for keeping and one for throwing away. Don’t let anything fall into the third pile of uncertainty. Don’t throw away items that you use, or you’ll just buy replacements, but think about whether you have existing alternatives.
Store Items You Don’t Need Now
We all have heirlooms, keepsakes, and items that we want to pass down or pass on. Unfortunately, these can easily become the start of a pile of clutter. Put items in the attic or the basement. If they are particularly large, or you want to store them safely, storage units offer a long-term and secure solution.
Use Music Or A Podcast
Make decluttering as fun as possible. At the very least, take steps to ensure that you don’t dread the process. Download your favorite podcast to listen to, preferably something funny or light-hearted, or get your favorite upbeat playlist ready to lighten the mood. The more upbeat the mood, the more likely you will be to enjoy a successful decluttering, and the more likely you are to want to repeat the process.