6 Tips to Decluttering And Organizing Your Home
Is it time to organize and purge?
Are you at the point that the clutter in your home is starting to take over? Do you constantly put something down and lose it? Are you tripping over clothes, boxes and other belongings? Think you have run out of room and don’t know where to begin? We have all been there at one point or another, and truth be told, it can be a very overwhelming feeling. It just never seems to end and often the frustration we feel looking at the mess will kill our progress in tackling it. I thought why not share some tips that I have found helpful so here are six tips to help you declutter.
1) Start with one room at a time! Trying to do more than one chore at a time is impossible, and the same can be said about trying to declutter a room. Starting with one room gives you a finite area to work in and gives you a chance to see how far you do come in the cleaning and decluttering process. The best suggestion: start with the smallest room first. This generally is the bathroom for most people.
2) Set up clutter bins or bags whatever works ( I use garbage bags and then I take those bags to my local thrift store or charity like Value Village or the Salvation Army. Take some large cardboard boxes (or laundry bins, or any other large container) and put a label on each one for the rooms in your house (such as Bathroom, Bedroom, Kitchen, etc.). When you go through rooms you can put misplaced items into their correct boxes. When you get ready to do that room, take that box with you instead of just placing the items from the wrong rooms into the right rooms (this saves on clutter mess!)
3) Sweep Clean. This means when you go into a room and you see anything that shouldn’t be there (for example, a drinking glass in the bathroom) you take it and place it into the clutter bins. Once you remove the things you can see immediately without diving too far in, then you will find you have more space to work with and a good head start for yourself.
4) Go through boxes, containers, and throw out anything that you know you will never use again, is broken, or has expired. Taking out the trash is a huge step. If you have a hard time deciding if you should throw it away, ask yourself if you have thought about it in the last year, have used it in the last year, or if you even knew that it was there. Chances are you can get rid of it if you can answer yes to one or two of those questions.
5) Spread out. If you have the space, take everything out and lay it out. You may be overwhelmed, but you can see everything that is in the room. It will give you a chance to go back and review #4. Most likely you will find that there are a lot of things you don’t need or use, and you can donate or throw them away.
6) Take your time. If you start to feel overwhelmed, slow down! No one is telling you that you have a time limit or you have to do it right away. Don’t stop working at it though. If you stop working at the mess, you will never get back on top of it!
Hopefully, some of these tips will help you in your declutter mess!