Clutter can quickly accumulate in a home. Over the years, we gather gifts, new furniture, clothing, toys, equipment, instruments, and the list goes on. While it can be sentimental about hanging onto these items, it is also essential to do a regular overhaul of your home to determine what should stay and what should go.
Keep reading for some ideas on how you can de-clutter your home in 4 easy steps.
Review Clutter Hot Spots
De-cluttering a home can be an incredibly massive job. This will, of course, vary depending on the size of the spaces and the degree of clutter that you have. One place to start is to assess where your clutter hot spots are — those places that accumulate the most clutter and give you the most discomfort — and then tackle them strategically.
It’s essential to have a plan rather than de-clutter haphazardly. Otherwise, it could end up taking longer and feel like you’re not making progress. Work one room at a time and prioritize based on your overall goals for the de-cluttering process.
Visualize the Ideal Space
As you review the rooms which require a de-clutter, visualize what you want for each space. This will help you formulate a goal or a vision for that particular room and give you something to aim for. Throwing things out for the sake of it can be therapeutic, but it’s easier to know what to get rid of when you have aims for the room.
For example, is the idea to create more floor space? Or perhaps you are trying to make the room feel more spacious. Whatever you decide, if you can visualize or map out your goals, this will make your de-cluttering much easier.
Develop a Sorting System
While you’re going through the process of keeping and throwing, you will need a good sorting system. This is especially the case if you are de-cluttering a big house that has been collecting things for several years. If you’ve got kids, then get them involved in the sorting process, whether that’s assigning special boxes or bags. You may even have a box set aside for things that require putting into storage. Staying organized in this way will ensure that mistakes aren’t made and that you don’t end up with a bigger mess than you started with.
Put Things in Storage
One of the last things that you’ll need to do as part of your de-clutter is to put things into storage. Knowing your storage options in your area is essential as you can assess the costs, the size of the space needed, and the location in case you want to access your stored items periodically. Items assigned to self-storage can be things that you still treasure, but that you no longer need or use regularly. This is an excellent option for those things with sentimental value, as it means you can keep it without fighting for vital space in your home.
De-cluttering a home is a therapeutic and necessary process for maintaining cleanliness, maximizing space, and reducing any mental stress that the mess may be causing. Keep these tips in mind on your de-cluttering journey.