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Tips To Get Rid of Clutter in Your Home

Yet another room with clutter all over the place. Clutter can take away your Zen space. It won’t happen overnight, so now is the time to be making a plan of attack to preserve your sanity.

Clutter can be a major issue in messy living spaces. It keeps piling up, and every time you look at it, you feel more and more at a loss as to where you’d start. It’s hard to pick an item. You are not able to find things easily. You can’t even find your clothes in a closet filled with tons of clothes that you no longer wear. It is not only an eyesore, but also a health hazard.

On the other hand, it can be easily managed by removing all the junk and keeping only what is needed. Then putting everything back in its place so that it is easy to find and access. It won't happen overnight, so now is the time to devise a strategy based on these suggestions and ideas.

1. Get Organized

Set Clear Goals: Before diving into the decluttering process, set clear, achievable goals. Do you want to clear out a specific room, create more storage space, or reduce the amount of stuff in your home overall? Knowing your goals can help guide your decisions as you declutter.

One Area at a Time: Rather than trying to declutter your entire house at once, focus on one area at a time. This could be a room, a closet, or even a single drawer. Breaking the task down into smaller, manageable parts can make the process feel less daunting.

Sort out clothes and toys in the kids' rooms.

  • Get rid of things you no longer need.
  • Get proper storage units and label them.
  • Teach the kids to put their own things away.

Once the personal belongings are in place, this leaves little clutter in the room.

2. Basket Trick

  • Get a laundry basket for each family member.
  • Start with the least cluttered room of the house, so you'll see success quicker.
  • Put everything in the baskets that don't belong in that room.
  • Then each person has a deadline to find a home for everything in the basket, or you will (even if it's file thirteen).
  • Keep a big trash bag nearby to get rid of stuff immediately (like junk mail). Do this for each room of the house. You can either sell, give away, or throw them away.

Use the basket trick daily; going from room to room makes it easier to stay on top of things. If the room still looks chaotic, decide if the items need relocation, storage, sold, or given away.

3. The Four-Box Method

One popular decluttering method involves four boxes (or bags): one for items to keep, one for items to throw away, one for items to donate, and one for items to relocate to other parts of your home. As you go through each area, sort every item into one of these four categories.

Practice the One-Year Rule: If you haven't used an item in over a year, and it doesn't hold significant sentimental or monetary value, it's a strong candidate for the "donate" or "throw-away" box.

Think Twice About "Just in Case": It's easy to hold onto things because you might need them "just in case." But these items often end up just taking up space. If it's something you could easily and inexpensively replace if you do end up needing it, consider letting it go.

4. Get Storage

Three words to keep in mind when it comes to de-cluttering your home, storage, storage, and storage. Use smart storage solutions for the items you decide to keep. This could be anything from shelves and bins to over-the-door storage and under-the-bed containers. Properly storing items can help keep your home organized and clutter-free.

Storage requirements of various rooms differ. What works in the family room won't work in the kitchen. Furthermore, different family members have different ways of accessing their stuff from a storage unit. Take your time and research the options out there and find a system that works for your family.

A cluttered home can be more than just an eyesore; it can impact your mood, productivity, and even your mental health. Tackling the clutter might seem overwhelming, but with a systematic approach and the right mindset, you can reclaim your space and create a more serene and organized home. Here are some tips to help you get started:

5. Maintaining

Regularly Schedule Decluttering Sessions: Decluttering should be an ongoing process, not a one-time event. Regularly schedule decluttering sessions to keep on top of the clutter. This might be once a month, once a season, or whatever frequency works best for you.

Cultivate Mindful Shopping Habits: To keep clutter from accumulating, be mindful about what you bring into your home. Before purchasing something, consider whether you really need it, where you'll store it, and whether you're willing to get rid of something else to make room for it.

Remember, decluttering isn't about getting rid of all your possessions. It's about making your home a more pleasant, functional space that reflects your current needs and lifestyle. And don't be too hard on yourself if progress seems slow. 

Final Thoughts

Decluttering is a journey, not a destination. Every item you sort and every surface you clear is a step towards a more organized home and a more peaceful mindset. Getting rid of clutter comes down to finding a place for everything. Everything should have its proper place, and there is a place for everything. Happy decluttering!

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