It happens. You move. You get a new home. You acquire things as time goes by. Or maybe you’re a collector of stuff, like myself. I collect paper and pens. I’m a back to school junkie. Either way over time all the stuff you have begins to build and before you know it, you have a mountain of crap you don’t need or want. It’s at this moment you realize that you need to declutter.
In order to declutter your home, you need to know what it is that you want to get rid of. That can’t begin until you know what you want to keep. Do you really need those knick-knacks on that shelf collecting dust? How about those books you have in boxes in your storage room you have never read? To declutter your home you need to make tough decisions.
#1. Decide What You Want To Keep
To declutter your home, you need to decide what you want to keep and what you want to throw away. I do this by having two bins. When I’m thinking of throwing something away, I think about how the object makes me feel. It’s hard because we want to keep everything. Does the object raise emotion in me? Is it something I need to look at every day? If the answer is no, then put it in the giveaway pile.
Tip #2. Declutter Your Home One Room At A Time
It’s important before you declutter your home that you choose one room to begin with and one room only. If you choose the bathroom, then stick with organizing the bathroom and throwing away anything you aren’t using. I always say (If you are using it you’re losing it). Bear in mind this doesn’t include things such as medications, band-aids, shampoos and things that have a long lifespan that you know you can use later on.
Tip #3. Declutter Using Bins and Baskets
When I’m decluttering or organizing my home, I use baskets and bins. You can pick these up at the dollar store if you want for cheap. But having bins and basket helps keep things in order such as makeup, toiletries, and jewelry. When you have things organized into compartments, it makes finding things much easier because everything has a place.
Tip #4. Don’t Forget Your Closets
When we organize we often forget rooms or spots we think don’t need decluttering. The closets in our home are such rooms. Don’t forget your closet needs to be decluttered too. Buy some extra hangers, a shoe rack, some bins to organize extra clothing and accessories you wish to keep.
Tip #5. Use What You Have
We don’t know it but many things we have can be used to help us declutter and organize. Bookshelves are a great resource and not just to house our books. Wall shelves can be used in multiple ways you may not have thought of. Utilize what’s around you when you are decluttering.
A happy home is one that is organized where everything has a place, is being used and enjoyed. Decluttering your home doesn’t have to be a daunting task. It can be fun and think of it as starting new and all over again. A fresh start is a start to something amazing!