Most people are often stressed out by clutter, well who isn’t, right? It’s actually a common problem for almost all of us. You know you have way too much stuff, but the thought of decluttering makes you feel powerless.
Well, one solution for that is start with something that takes a less effort but would probably make a big impact in an instant. Here are some simple steps to help you declutter your whole house the easier way.
Divide and Take Control
You might be tempted to move from one space to another, hoping to finish it faster, but that’s not a good idea. Instead, focus on finishing one room after starting on another. Try dividing the rooms into sections and go through it one at a time. Don’t forget to take a small break as you finish.
Decluttering your entire house can’t be done in just one day. If you want to do it all at once, this will just burn you out easily. To help you keep motivated, you can do one room per day. In that way, you can have enough time to sort through items and make a decision.
Sorting might be one of the most important parts of decluttering. You can try sorting things in four categories: trash, give away, trash or move. You have to make a decision item by item, every item in a room must be sorted.
Making the Decision
Well, of course, deciding what stays and what goes is not easy. You have to ask yourself this three things before deciding:
- Is this working? If not, then get rid of it.
- When is the last time I used this? If you haven’t used it for the last three or six months, get rid of it.
- Do I love this? If the answer is NO, then you have to get rid of it.
If things aren’t serving any purpose in your home, they need to go. You can also donate some items if you wish to.
Keep Like Things Together
Categorize like things as you go through each room and place them together in an area close to where you’ll use them. Let say example pens and markers in the office, utility cords in the garage, etc. In this way, you’ll always know where things are when you need them.
Clear Flat Surfaces
Flat surfaces like shelves, desk, countertops, and tables where usually clutter gathered. Clear all flat surfaces in your house and ask yourself where is the place to place those items.
Spend some time going through your closets and ask yourself about each piece of clothing that you own- Does it fit on me?If not, get rid of it or better yet give it to donations. If items that have sentimental value, free up some space in your closet by storing it.
Get rid of any items that haven’t been worn in over a year or items with stain and torn. Remember, you don’t need to stack things. Instead, you can add more shelving.
Organizing and decluttering your house is much easier when you have proper places to store things. And the last step in decluttering your house is adding storage.
Here are a few items you might wanna consider:
- Dividers or small containers that can fit in the drawers.
- Closet storage system
- Furniture combos to store items you’d prefer to conceal.
- Baskets to store infrequently used items in the attic, basement, shed, or garage.
Once everything’s done, try adding labels to each container so it will be easier for you to find the item you’re looking for.
Decluttering your entire house is a huge job, so you must be patient and give yourself an ample time to finish. Don’t forget to take lots of breaks as well. You can do it!