Having a declutter day seems like a mammoth task, but if you apply some of the clutter tips on my website you will be feeling mighty pleased with yourself when you create a clutter free home.
Our home is the hub of all our activities and as we go through our days, somehow the frenzy of our daily activities means that our home sometimes doesn’t get the tender loving care it deserves.
Declutter One Room at a Time
Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to solve all your clutter problems in one sitting. It’s best to start by clearing clutter one room at a time. So firstly, select a room to declutter.
You may choose a room to clean up based on any number of criteria. It may be the easiest room to organize. Your laundry room may be a good room to choose. You wouldn’t think a laundry room could get cluttered, but any room can pile up with clutter in no time.
Set Aside Declutter Days or Sessions
There are two ways to go with decluttering your room. If you have time, you could set aside a declutter day and get a few rooms organized. Or you could set aside some time each day, say a couple of hours and start taking action to reduce clutter. This is really a personal choice in terms of what works best for you.
First Steps to Decluttering
Firstly, the next thing you need to do once you have chosen which room to declutter is to survey the room. Have a look at the layout of the room and how things are organized. Things to keep in mind are that each item in the room should have a home and be stored in a particular location.
You also need to have adequate storage for all your possessions. The room should also be set up in such a way that it is easy for you to do regular cleaning. If there are nooks and crannies which will be hard to get to for cleaning, then you may need to consider reorganizing the layout of things in your room.
Make A List
Make a list of things you need to do to improve the layout of your room. This may involve creating extra storage space. If this is the case, make a note of things to buy such as a closet or putting up shelves along the wall.
Putting up shelves along the wall is often a good way to utilize space which would be otherwise wasted. It is also a fairly economical approach to adding extra storage space to a room.
Getting Really Organized
The above things on your to do list may need to be done in several sessions. But don’t sweat, as you are on your way to getting really organized.
One thing you could do right now is to throw away things that you don’t need. After all, the cause of all that clutter is the build up of stuff that you don’t need. In fact, it’s probably the result of accumulation of many years of stuff.
Create the “Keep” and “Throw” Away Piles
So create two piles as you sort through your possessions. One pile will be the keep file and the other pile will be the throw away pile. Decide whether or not you need to keep the item. Throwing away stuff can be a painful process depending on the type of person you are.
If you are sentimental person or a compulsive hoarder, you may find it harder to throw things away and may need some special hoarding help. As long as you are making some progress to throwing some things out, give yourself a pat on the back for having made the first step to reducing clutter in your home.
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