Follow These 6 Easy Steps to Declutter Your Home
The struggle of every home seems to be finding a way to keep everything neat and orderly while still being able to access the items you want without having to hunt through cabinets and drawers. Luckily, we have a list of six easy steps that will help you declutter your home.
Plan Enough Time To Clean
If you limit the amount of time you have to clean, you’re less likely to do it correctly the first time round. Giving yourself the proper amount of time will allow you to organize, and remember, where you placed things so you know where to find them when you need them.
When the TV is running in the background or you can’t help reading a book you just found in the pile, not only will cleaning take longer, you’ll be less likely to remember where you placed the rest of your items.
Make Staying Organized Fun for the Whole Family
By creating an cubby or space for each family member's things, you can add both organization and personalization to your decluttering. Make staying organized into a competition by granting an award to the family member who keeps their space the cleanest.
Measure Before Buying
Optimize your space by measuring your storage containers before purchasing. This pertains to cardboard boxes you’re planning on putting in attics, garages, or basements, as well as storage containers that might find their space under your bed. By measuring you’ll be ensuring you’re not trying to use a storage container larger than your storage space.
Create a Map of Where Uncommonly Used Items Are
We all have moments when we begin frantically searching for something we know we own, but just don’t know where to find. Creating a list while you clean out a space can help you find items the next time round in a larger room and within individual containers. Tape your list to the top of the container so you can easily remember what things are where the next time you search.
Let Stuff Go
- Give 1 thing away a day: There are always items in our house that we haven’t needed or used in over a year. Look for old movies, clothing, and furniture and be critical in what you do not use any more. Your home will feel much bigger and less cluttered by the end of the year.
- Oprah coat-hanger experiment: If you haven’t heard of this challenge, it is an extremely helpful tool in determining what clothes it’s time to move on from. Start by turning all of the hangers in your closet in one direction. Every time you wear an item, put it on the same hanger and turn in the other direction. By the end of a year, anything hanger facing the original direction, donate.
- 12-12-12 Challenge: The 12-12-12 challenge is simple. Locate 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items that need to find their place in your home. Whenever you are feeling cluttered, take the 12-12-12 challenge to help clear up your space.
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