Clutter around the house can create a sense of disarray and chaos in our lives, making many homes feel a far cry from the peaceful sanctuary they should be. If you’ve been accumulating so much stuff that your home is about to burst at the seams, this is the year to put decluttering at the top of your spring cleaning list. Whether you have a couple trouble areas or your home is so cluttered you don’t know where to start, we’ve got the perfect tips to help you get your home in top shape in no time.
Have a Game Plan
If the mere thought of cleaning up your clutter makes you feel exhausted and overwhelmed, it’s time to change your thinking. Coming up with a game plan and visualizing how you want your home to look are great ways to take some of the stress out of decluttering and can help get you motivated. When it comes to creating a plan to declutter and organize, consider creating a list for each room or area of your home you want to tackle, and then determine which areas are the priority. By prioritizing the areas that bother you the most, the results of your hard work will be more satisfying and hopefully inspire you to keep going!
Determine What to Purge
One of the biggest hurdles of clearing out clutter is deciding what to purge and what to keep. Whether you need to downsize your closet, clear off your bookshelf, or make space in your cabinets, it’s easy to determine what should go and what should stay by asking yourself a few simple questions, like, is it passed the expiration date? Do you need it? Do you love it? Do you have duplicates? How often do you use it? And can you get along without it?
Get Rid of Things Daily
Making a point to get rid of things every day can help make the daunting task of decluttering and organizing more manageable. Try something like the 12-12-12 challenge to make scaling back more fun. The 12-12-12 challenge is simple. All you have to do is pick 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to put away in their proper place every day until you’ve finished organizing and decluttering your home. Of course, you can make it a 10-10-10 challenge or, hey, a 50-50-50 challenge if you’re really ambitious (or have a lot of clutter).
Tackle the Junk Drawer
Just about everyone has that one (or two) drawers where they throw everything that doesn’t have a place, but they just can’t get rid of. After all, you never know when you’re going to need that take-out menu from 10 years ago. If your junk drawer is starting to remind you of an episode of “Hoarders,” it’s time to tackle the junk and get organized. One way to organize a junk drawer is to start by removing all items from the drawer and throwing out things that are either broken, outdated, or you know you won’t use. Next, sort the items you intend to keep by categories and place them in a junk drawer tray to keep them organized.
Create a Place for Everything
One of the keys to becoming organized and staying organized as you declutter this spring is to create a place for everything you keep. Making sure everything you own has a proper place and, maybe more importantly, putting things away where they belong after you’ve used them will help ensure your home stays organized all year.
Don’t Put off Getting Rid of Items You’ve Gathered to Donate
Last but not least, when clearing out unused or unwanted items, don’t wait to take them to their intended places. You gathered it all to together to get rid of it, so get rid of it! Don’t hold on to bags of clothes you plan to donate or keep boxes of items you plan to give a friend. Take the items to wherever you intend them to go or make arrangements with a charity or friend to pick them up. That way you can enjoy the fruits of your decluttering labor as soon as possible.
Follow these tips to declutter and organize your home and you’ll be able to enjoy a cleaner, less-stressful home in no time. Happy spring cleaning!
– By Lana Evans, Editor @Lana_Evans2