More so than ever, many of us are spending time and money on home improvements. From simple updates like painting a room or replacing old light switches, to more complicated jobs like renovating the bathroom, the goal is the same: create a nicer living environment. But even the best updates and renovations can lose their “wow” factor if clutter gets in the way!
We just assume clutter is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to be. Now is the perfect time to take on the clutter in your home; whether it be to tidy up or a complete purge, decluttering always results in a neater and more organized space.
Following are 5 tips to make decluttering less overwhelming and more manageable:
Devise a plan of attack (achievable goals)
- Don’t try to tackle everything at once. Go room by room. Start small, work your way up and set a timeline for each phase. For example: if starting in the bedroom, tackle the closet first and move on to the dresser another day. Then work your way into the next room
- Helpful tip for clothing/shoes – it’s easier to sort through apparel when you group by category – jeans, sweaters, tee shirts… This helps you visually assess how many items you actually have and makes choosing what to discard easier
Learn to Purge
- The key to decluttering is having the ability to part with your stuff. This is easier if you create 4 piles: Keep, trash, donate/sell, store
- Remember the 80/20 rule: get rid of anything that you do not use 80% of the time. If you haven’t used or worn something in a year, get rid of it
- Another golden rule of decluttering is if the item is not useful, meaningful, beautiful or valuable it’s time to let it go
Bins/Baskets/Containers are your best friend
- Every space, including drawers, should have bins
- Group like items together, categorize
- Sort through the mail and brochures/circulars/catalogs weekly rather than letting it pile up. Create designated bins for bills, coupons, and general mail
Don’t forget to declutter electronics
- Delete, delete, delete old Emails, photos, documents and contacts
- Keep cords tidy
- Toss out random adapters and cords. Try USB in-wall charger outlets for clutter-free counters, nightstands and any other surface you may use to charge devices
- Buy only what you need
- When you buy something new, discard something old (think REPLACE, not add to)
- Once you have decluttered, dedicate time to keep it up
We bet you feel better just thinking about decluttering! What are you waiting for? Get started today.