When homes accumulate clutter, they begin to feel confined and disorganized. If this is your space, considering taking some time to declutter your home.
Why You Need to Declutter Your Home
Going through your belongings and removing unwanted items is a big project. Depending on how cluttered your home is, you might need to plan on several weekends to complete the work.
After decluttering, your home will feel bigger and it will be easier to find things. Your belongings stay in better condition when they are in a specific, dedicated place. These steps will help you to declutter your home easily and effectively.
1. Gather Supplies
Before you start pulling items out of your closets, cabinets, and drawers, gather the necessary supplies. Trash bags and boxes work well for garbage and donations. For items that you intend to keep, consider investing in organizational features. Clear storage bins help you to keep items organized and in better condition. The goal is to get rid of unwanted or unneeded items and to organize your home in the process.
2. Set the Rules
Save time and energy as you declutter your home by setting a few rules first. Make a rule that you will only touch each item once. As you pull an item out of its current location, immediately decide what to do with it and place it in the correct pile. Set another rule to toss or donate items that you have not used within the last year.
3. Give Everything a Place of Its Own
Everything that you keep should have a dedicated place. This does not mean that all of your holiday decorations are crammed in the attic. Instead, it means that everything is in a specific box, bin, or cabinet in an organized manner. Consider using shoe racks, shelving systems, clear bins, and other storage boxes to organize your belongings.
4. Clean as You Go
In the process of decluttering, you will empty cabinets and closets as you begin organizing the items that will be stored here. Take this time to thoroughly clean these areas, clearing away dust and dirt. Your belongings will be returned to a dedicated space that is perfectly clean.
These steps set the wheels in motion to declutter your home. Once you have completed the work, relax and enjoy the cleaner home that you have created.