If you have been putting off decluttering your home because of the work involved, here is how to clear the clutter in 6 easy steps.
I have decided that in my house it's time to clear the clutter! Throughout life, things have a tendency to pile up over the years and every once in a while you have to make a conscious decision to clean it out! There are many reasons that we are unable to let go of things that we don't need or don't want. Sometimes it has sentimental value (these are very hard to get rid of), the kids won't part with them (this one is tricky), or you just downright think that someday you may need them. Whatever the reason, it's just really hard to part with our hard earned cash in the first place when we purchase them let alone when it comes time to giving certain items up.
The simple instructions below will show you How to Clear the Clutter in 6 Easy Steps. If you go room to room in your home you will be able to clear the clutter in no time flat! Remember that it is easier to do when you have the house to your self. So call up the nearest relative and have them babysit for the day and let’s work on clearing that clutter!
How to Clear the Clutter in 6 Easy Steps
1. Analyze Your Space – Take a look around at your space you are trying to clean up and decide how you want it to look when you’re done. How does the space make you feel? What makes you feel more at home? Do you like empty and organized or would you feel more at home with your beautiful treasures on display? Finding out what you like and what makes you happy first will help you decide on how you want to organize and use your space.
2. Clear the Clutter – When I talk about clearing the clutter let me explain exactly what I am talking about. You need to analyze everything! Ask yourself a few questions about each item. Do I use this item? How long has it been since I used this item? How much would it cost me to replace this item? When you ask yourself these questions be honest with answering. I promise you will find quite a few things that really do need to go.
3. Start Small when decluttering – When clearing a room, like your bedroom, start in one area then move onto the next. Since you may be using your closet for organizing things you may want to begin to clear the clutter there first and then move onto the next project. Once you get that organized begin working your way from one corner of the room, down the wall and all the way around the room. Clean out everything within the room including dressers, cabinets, and underneath everything.
4. Toss What you Don't Need to Keep – I cannot say enough that you need to analyze each and every item and really think about what you want to keep. We are clearing the clutter and you can't clear anything if you keep everything that you own. There are many ways to get rid of the unwanted items. Having a rummage sale is a great way to get rid of unwanted stuff although it does take a great deal of work to put together. Donating your items is a great way to help people in need. I have even been known to set the items by the curb just before 5 o'clock with a sign on it that says free. You would be surprised at how quickly your items are taken away.
5. Organize Your Things that Keep – Once you have weeded out everything and decided what you want to keep you will want to begin organizing what you have. While you’re organizing and putting them away make sure you clean all shelving and storage areas. Glance over everything that needs to be put away and ask yourself one more time if you really want to keep them. Then begin organizing your things. Make sure that everything you own has a home. If you have a place for everything you will be more prone to putting it up when you have finished using it.
6. Maintain Your Clutter-free Home – The only way clearing the clutter works is by maintaining it. This means that every time you buy something new you need to find a home for it. If you cannot find a place for it then think about getting rid of something else to make room for your new item. I do this a lot with clothing to keep it from getting out of control. When I bring in something new something has to go. Trust me when I say that if you adopt this strategy you may think twice about buying the new item in the first place. Have a cleaning schedule in place and once every few months pick a room and go back through it again to maintain and organize so you never have to go through and clear the clutter again!