6 Ways To Declutter Your Home
We all want our homes to look like the ones we see in magazines, but keeping them clutter-free is much easier said than done. If you’re used to an environment where work papers pile up and kids toys cover the floor, the thought of decluttering your space can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are six creative ways to declutter your home.
Take the 12-12-12 Challenge
12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be relocated and reorganized. The 12-12-12 challenge is a fun way to organize your home quickly and effectively! Make it a fun game with you and your family to see who can complete the challenge first.
Sentimental Value vs. Unnecessary Items
Letting go of items you love can be difficult, but it’s important to be realistic. Ask yourself, “Do I actually need this, or is it just taking up unnecessary space?” If it is something important to you but it doesn’t need to be sitting in plain sight, make a box of important or sentimental items to store elsewhere. Here’s a great rule of thumb: If you haven’t used the item in three months or longer and don’t feel a sentimental connection with it, donate it!
Five Minutes A Day Focus
If cleaning isn’t your jam, try dedicating five to ten minutes a day to organizing one area at a time. For example, one day, focus on stacked up bills and other documents cluttering your counter. Start by organizing the documents into two piles, ‘shred’ and ‘file’. Next, shred the ones that you no longer need, and file the ones that you should hold onto. A small amount of effort can make a huge difference.
Room By Room Strategy
Tackling your whole house in one day can be stressful, so break it down room by room. This will help calm any stress and give each room your full attention. In your kitchen, start by going through the pantry and cabinets, and toss out any food that is expired. Next, we recommend grouping similar foods together on shelves and in the refrigerator to free up space. Once you feel like the space is organized, move onto the next room.
In your bedroom, go through closets and dressers and donate any clothing items, shoes, and accessories that haven’t been worn in the past six months. From there, move onto the bathroom, living room and so on.
Change Your Perspective
In a space as comfortable as your home, it isn’t always easy to see how cluttered it’s become. This is where Marie Kondo (or a friend) comes in. Have someone who does not live there take a look at each room and help you decide what can stay and what should go. You want your home to look nice when you have guests over, and hearing their opinion is the best way to ensure your place is comfortable and welcoming.
Pull It Out And Put It Back
At one point or another, we all fall guilty to the infamous “junk drawer.” Even though it’s not visible to the eye, cabinet and drawer clutter can be just as overwhelming as counter and closet clutter.
To sort out what you need and what you don’t, pull everything out of the drawer or cabinet and assess what’s in it. When things are hidden away in a drawer there’s a good chance that you’ll forget what you put in there. By emptying the drawers out, you’ll have a clear view of the items and can decide on what can be thrown away or donated.
Decluttering your home doesn’t have to be a daunting task. You want your home to be a stress-free space, so it’s time to take action. These six creative clutter-free tips will make the process much more enjoyable and your home more comfortable for everyone.