We all have junk lying around the home— from unused clothes to toys your children our children grew tired of. However, when clutter piles up, it takes up too much of your living space, making your home too cramped or unappealing to the eyes. It may even make you feel stressed as you feel like your life is out of control!
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This is where decluttering comes into the rescue. When you declutter, you can take care of the mess around your house, taking back that control you’ve lost when your home’s messy.
If you’re planning to declutter your home, we’ve got you covered! Here are four essential tips to get you started.
Create a decluttering schedule
If you don’t have a lot of stuff, decluttering your home might only take a day or on a weekend. However, if it’s more than you can manage over the weekend, it’s best to set a decluttering schedule.
You can start off with allocating some time everyday to declutter, say 10 or 30 minutes will do, as long as it works within your daily schedule. Use a timer for when you’re going to do your daily decluttering, and of course, put your phone down to avoid distractions!
When creating your own decluttering schedule, make sure to set attainable and realistic goals and timelines so you won’t feel overwhelmed doing the task. It doesn’t have to be a huge area of your home right away, just a small area that you can easily declutter without taking up too much time is fine. The important thing is you have a plan you can commit to without disrupting your daily life.
Identify clutter ‘hot spots’
Come to think of it, you may not have the need to declutter your entire home, just parts of it. Assess the level of clutter in your home and identify clutter hotspots— areas where there’s an insane level of clutter.
These clutter hotspots will be your starting point. These don’t have to be a huge area right away, but can be small such as kitchen cupboards and bedroom drawers. Then, you can build your way up to larger areas where clutter is indescribable.
If you know where to look, you’ll find it easier to declutter your home! And of course, stick to your plans!
Take ‘before and after’ photos
We know— decluttering is hard. It’s a tedious task that’ll require elbow grease, and just thinking about it is tiring already!
To keep you motivated during your decluttering, it’s important that you have a view of what your decluttered space looks like. You can do this by taking a photo of a small area of your home, say the kitchen counter, quickly clean your chosen area, and take a photo of the result. If you’re able to have a sneak peek at what your home will look like after decluttering, you’ll be more motivated to transform your house into what it should be.
Sort your clutter
As you go through your clutter hotspots, you’ll notice that clutter isn’t simply clutter. You’ll find out that there are types of clutter depending on how you’d dispose of them.
You can sort your home’s clutter into four categories or boxes.
- For keeps – Those that you can use everyday. Your for keeps box will be emptied out as you finish each hotspot, placing the items back into their newly designated home.
- Out for donation – These are simply items you don’t use anymore and can be donated. Remember to store these items and label them so it’ll be easier to locate once you’re about to give them to charity (or even sell them for extra cash!).
- Away in storage – These are often seasonal items or items that have sentimental value for you such as heirlooms and gifts you’ve received. You can store them in labeled storage bins and if you can, keep them safe in storage lockers.
- Goodbye forever! – These items are simply trash and will have to be thrown in the garbage can. In short, say good riddance to them forever!
Declutter your home today
A home filled with clutter can cause your stress levels to jump, making you feel highly demotivated and irritable. Plus, your home becomes cramped and you feel like you have no room to breathe. To free up space in your home, you can declutter and get rid of the mess.
If you feel you aren’t confident with your decluttering skills, you can use our tips to get you started. And, in no time, transform your home into what it should be!