Before you know it, the past several years of holiday shopping, birthdays, and other life events have accumulated in your closets, garage, and attic. Taming your clutter isn’t always easy – and it seems unbearable to dedicate a full day to finding a clutter resolution. Here are 4 life changing tips to help keep your home clutter-free, so you can dedicate your time to more important things.
Spend a few minutes visualizing the room. Think about how you want the room to look – and ask yourself; what doesn’t belong here? Once you have visualized what the room will look like once uncluttered, figure out what is essential, and get rid of the rest.
When de-cluttering, ask yourself these questions:
Do I use it?
Does it bring me joy?
Will I ever need it?
If your response to each of these questions is “no,” it makes it easier for you to rationalize passing the item along or throwing it out. Too often, people have difficulty with discarding worthless belongings because they believe that they are sentimental or will become useful. But often, it turns out to be a common disorder, known as hoarding, which leads people to excessively save items.
Focus on one room at a time. I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t imagine trying to clean my entire house in less than one day. Each week, when I have time, I dedicate 1-2 hours to de-cluttering, rearranging, and cleaning a room (usually the one that is the most cluttered at the time.) Focusing on just one room at a time won’t exhaust you, but you’ll still feel proactive.
Get rid of 1 item per week. While you may not notice, your home accumulates more odds and ends as each week passes. Selecting one item to give away or throw out each week, will not only work to de-clutter your house, but it will also help you to acknowledge any growing clutter and address the problem.
Keeping an immaculate home isn’t easy (is it even possible?) but maintaining a routine of upkeep is! At the end of the day, the most common excuse for a messy home is “I never have time.” If you can relate – discover these 18 Five-minute de-cluttering tips, and start conquering your mess!