Clutter, or mess, is an annoying thing. Your home needs to be neat with only things around that you are able to manage. However if you surround yourself with every possible thing on earth, it literally becomes too much to handle. If such is the situation at your home, ‘declutter’ is what you need to seriously consider. Decluttering your home not only tidies up the place but makes life easy and organized as well. Decluttering provides more space, at the same time, gives you control and easy access to the things you need.
I have many blog post about decluttering your home and how to make it manageable. However, there are many blogs out there doing the same as I. I thought that it would be great to have a place to find the best advice about decluttering your home in one spot. In this post, you’ll find more than 20 of the best decluttering advice out there.
I haven’t always lived in a clutter-free home. Growing up, I lived in a cluttered home and when I moved out, I didn’t know any better.
After feeling so anxious and depressed around all of the stuff I felt it was time to make a change. Now I’ve turned decluttering my home into a daily habit.
Decluttering your home checklist
Before you go further, I have found having a checklist helps me stick to my decluttering habit. You can download my free 20-minute declutter your home checklist below.
You first need to identify the most cluttered areas in your home. Write a plan/schedule on where to start and the completion dates/ time for each room. Make sure to allow extra hours for your garage and kitchen that are most likely to have more mess.
Sort the items as you start decluttering your home. Separate the items that you would like to keep, store and make away with.
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Get rid of unwanted things.
Recyclable items can directly go to the recycle bin while other things you do not need anymore can be donated or sold.
Follow 80/20 rule. Be it clothes, toys, books, DVDs or any other items for that matter, you generally use only 20 percent of the items you own. The remaining 80 percent is clutter. Your job now is to get rid of these unused items.
Understand that most of the items you gather during decluttering come with sunk costs. In other words, the items don’t have any resale value. It’s important to make a rational decision.
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Get rid of items that no longer work.
If they can be fixed, then fine, but if you can’t, there is no point in storing them.
When you find an item that you don’t remember when you used last time, it is perhaps time to get rid of it. Storing it and let it collect dust again for months or years doesn’t make any sense.
Your bedroom or dressing room, wherever you store your clothes is probably the area that needs decluttering to the core. If you have not worn an attire for 6 months or over, or if a dress no longer fits you, just get rid of it. Decluttering clothes can give you more free space.
Many a time, you will store things that you do not use, but simply because you have a ‘craze’ for them. In such cases, you can give a second thought.
If you have made up your mind to get rid of some items, do not throw them away immediately. Wait for 1 or 2 days, if you really feel they make no more than a mess, go ahead!
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Shelves and cupboards attract mess.
These need your focus when you are decluttering your home. Check all the drawers, cabinets and flat surfaces for useless papers or items. The kitchen is also one such place where mess can easily happen. Get rid of unwanted items and make your space clutter-free!
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Store things efficiently.
As you declutter your home, you will realize most items are not in the right place. Store them right for easy access.
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Declutter one room each day.
While your living room does not take much time, your kitchen and bedroom will take longer.
Keep a trash bag in every room so that items that are no longer used can be cleared immediately.
If you have decided to declutter your home, start today because there are high chances that you will not start tomorrow. On the first day of decluttering, clear up an entire room so that you can take pride in the accomplishment. This way, you are likely to continue with the project.
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Do not keep unrealistic expectations.
Decluttering is a tedious job and you easily get frustrated, go slow and do the job thoroughly.
Take some help if you have a large house and the mess is too much to handle alone.
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Plan when to declutter again.
It would be great if you declutter your home once in 6 months because messes easily pile up.
Involve your family while you declutter. It doesn’t make sense if other family members keep making a mess and you alone do the decluttering time and again. Make your family responsible for their messes. Compare your achievements with the set goals to perform better the next time.
Decluttering your home means decluttering your life! Follow the above decluttering tips and live stress-free.
I would love to know, what tips do you follow to declutter your home? Let me know in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to download the free decluttering your home checklist to help you conquer the clutter in your home.