Despite your best efforts, do you feel like your household clutter keeps getting out of hand? Are you tired of coming back home to a room full of mess? Then read on and have a look at the tips below to end your clutter problems once and for all.
First and foremost, clear all the clutter which includes your clothes, your books, papers, mails, basically everything responsible for the clutter. Next, to help you get started on what to keep and what not to, a simple trick is to pretend you are moving out. That way you will tend to pick only those things that are actually useful or meaningful to you. After that assort all the items into three boxes, one for the things you will keep, another for those you would like to donate or sell and lastly one for trash.
- Let go of sentimental stuff
As difficult as it may be to part with things that hold sentimental value to you, it is important to free yourself of them as these only contribute to unnecessary clutter but also stand as an emotional burden. Of course, you may keep thoseobjects that you truly love and cherish. However, often times it is merely a feeling of guilt that is keeping you from letting go of it. In such cases, take a picture of the item to saveit as a virtual memory and then either donate or sell it. The pictures can be framed for everyone to look at and cherish everyday rather than storing the object in a box or in a cupboard.
- Use organizers and labels
To make your cleaning chores a breeze of a task, acquire the right organizers suited for the right items. Pick from the wide array ofstorage containers, bins, baskets, shelves, hooks, caddies, lazy susans, racks, and more,available at your local stores. Each of them is designed to organize everything around your home starting from your pantry to clothes, to shoes, jewelry, books even makeup. Adding labels on the containers not only helps to identify what is inside and keep track of what is where but also adds a personal touch. This way everything gets assigned its own area resulting in the maximum utilization of the limited storage space.
- Keep a junk drawer
This is for those items that do not have a designated place yet and you are also not sure whether to keep it or to toss it. However, clean it once in a while before the drawer starts to overflow.
- Resist from shopping
The less you shop, the less clutter you bring in your home, as simple as that. Nonetheless, most of us fall prey to the marketing schemes and the pretty things on display. A simple way to resist this urge is to repeatedly ask yourself, “Do I really need it?” You could also list down the things you want to buy and come back to it a week later to see if you still need it then.
- Set a cleaning time
Take 15 minutes out of your schedule everyday (which is really not a lot) to clean your home. Better yet, get the whole family involved, with a different room assigned to each person. It’s best to set a timer before you start in order to clean whatever is in need of cleaning as well as to ensure that you don’t overwork yourself. Instead of tackling the entire house, limit it to specific tasks such as clearing your desk or washing the dishes.
- Practice cleaning habits
This is a very important step since picking up a few simple habits will help you in staying organized and clutter free at all times. Habits like: Making your bed as soon as you wake up, putting things back in their place, cleaning while cooking, tossing trash right away is all that it takes in keeping your house looking nice and spotless throughout the day.
A messy, chaotic home not only affects one’s mental well-being but is also a major cause of stress and frustration. Compared to that, with less clutter impeding your work, you will be able to accomplish more tasks everyday. All in all, a clutter free home is essential for a healthy mind and soul. So bid good riddance to a messy life and welcome one of simplicity and peace.