These five tips for decluttering your home will empower you. When your home is full of clutter, it can feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be!
Five Tips For Decluttering Your Home
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Thankfully, decluttering your home does not have to be a difficult thing. Although it may be time-consuming, depending on how much clutter and disorganization there is, cleaning up your home is completely doable. Here are five tips for decluttering your home.
Remember Your Why
When your home is full of clutter and disorganization, it gets in the way of your life. It is more difficult to get work done. It is more difficult to engage in your favorite hobbies. And it is harder to enjoy a full social life in your home environment.
When you begin a decluttering project, keep your why firmly in mind. Do you want to invite people over for a great barbecue in your back yard? Are you anxious to take up scrapbooking and you need the space to do so? Or are you simply wanting to look around and feel happy and pleased by what you see?
Whatever your reason, remembering your why will help you stay motivated and inspired at those moments when your project feels a little overwhelming.
Be Patient With the Process
When things are badly cluttered and disorganized, it can feel like it is taking forever. Focus on one small area at a time and make it as clean and tidy as you can. Be patient with yourself and with the process. Decluttering and organizing your home takes time but as you start to see progress, it will encourage you to stay the course!
Two Boxes and a Bag
The fastest and easiest way to declutter any area is by starting with two boxes and a bag. Mark one box with the words, “Give Away.” The second box should be labeled “Put Away.” And the bag, of course, is for trash. “Throw Away.”
Pick one area at a time and focus your energy there. Pick up each item that does not belong in that area and quickly make a decision to Give it Away, Put it Away, or throw it away. Put it in the proper box or bag and move to the next item.
When the box labeled “Put Away” is full, carry it with you as you put all of those items away wherever they belong. Once the box is empty, return to the area you are focusing on and continue working. When the box labeled “Give Away” is full, set it aside and get a new box for the purpose. The next time you leave your home, take the “Give Away” boxes with you to drop off at your favorite thrift store.
Focus on One Room (Or Area) At a Time
This was stated earlier in the article and is mentioned again now because it is so important. Decluttering and organizing your home can feel very overwhelming if you aren’t mindful. When you focus on one room at a time or one small area at a time, it breaks the project down into small, manageable sections. And it more quickly gives you a payoff for all your hard work. Those little spots of cleanliness look so great, you just want to make more and more of them until your entire house looks the way you want!
If you Don’t Know Where to Start, Start With the Kitchen
If you know the problem area, you wish to begin with, great! But if you are looking around, uncertain where to begin, the kitchen is a great place to start.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. It tends to have the highest traffic, and it is where you nurture yourself and your family with the meals you prepare there. Clean, declutter, and organize that space first. It is an excellent way to reclaim your home and provide yourself with a “command central” type of area where you can plan out the rest of your decluttering and reorganizing efforts throughout the rest of your home.
When you make the decision to declutter and organize your home, it can feel a little daunting and overwhelming. But by following these five tips for decluttering your home, you can get a handle on things and show your home that you are in charge. And when you sit back and see the beauty that you have created, you’ll feel a sense of pride for a job well done.
What are some of your favorite tips for decluttering your home? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!
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