If you feel like you’ve got more stuff than you know what do do with, it’s time to get rid of some things. The process is simple, but it does require a bit of work. Here are the steps to take to declutter your home:
Step 1: Set Goals What is your goal? Do you want to downsize so you can move into a smaller place, or sell your house and move to a warmer climate? Maybe you just want to organize and simplify your life so things aren’t so chaotic. Whatever the reason, deciding on your goal will help you define what needs to go and what doesn’t.
Step 2: Purge Everything Take everything out of every drawer, cupboard and shelf. Then go through each item and ask yourself: “Do I need this?” If the answer is “no,” throw it away, recycle it or donate it. It’s that simple! Even if you think an item has sentimental value, try to let go. Chances are if it’s been sitting in storage for months (or years), you really don’t need it.
Step 3: Clean as You Go While sorting through your things, clean up as well. Dust all surfaces and vacuum or sweep floors as needed.
One of the toughest parts of decluttering is knowing where to start. If you don’t have a specific vision for what you want your home to look like, it can be challenging to decide where to put your efforts and energy. Decluttering can be very emotional and it’s important not to get caught up in the negative feelings that arise when letting go of items. This step by step guide on decluttering will help you create a space that makes you happy and organized.
Decluttering is a process in which you cleanse your home of things you don’t need, use or love. In essence, it’s an organized way to get rid of the unnecessary items in your life, and it can give you a sense of peace. It also saves you time and space. Decluttering helps provide a blank slate that you fill with the things that are really important to you. Home decluttering is also an ongoing process. It will never be done, but if you take on the task with the right attitude, it can make your house feel more like a home.
Many people, even when they are aware of how important it is to declutter their homes, don’t know where to start so they never actually do it. Here are some suggestions for you if you feel overwhelmed by the thought of decluttering your home.
1. Set aside an hour or two when no one will disturb you. This is important because if someone comes to talk to you or asks you for something while you’re decluttering your home, you’ll likely want to stop what you’re doing, and that can be disruptive. Make sure that in this time period, no one will interrupt you.
2. Get started with the biggest mess in the room. For most people this is their kitchen table but it could be anywhere in your home where there are papers piling up on surfaces or clothes on the floor. If the biggest mess isn’t in a room but rather spread out around your house, go wherever that area is first.
3. Don’t try to get rid of everything at once! Just focus on getting rid of the biggest mess first and then move on to the next biggest one, continuing until everything has been cleaned up. It’s better to go slowly and get rid of everything that’s cluttering your home than to get frustrated by trying to do.