No one wants to live in a home that is messy and cluttered. It can make the home feel smaller than it really is and make it impossible to find anything. If this sounds like your home, follow our tips for decluttering your home and revitalize your living space.
1. Focus On One Category At A Time
It can be hard to know where to begin when decluttering your home. Even when you have decided which room to start in, it may still feel overwhelming. We recommend focusing on groups of like items in the room.
For instance, take out all the clothes first and sort them. After clothes, do the same with shoes. Once shoes are finished, go through your books. By looking only at one category of items at a time, it makes it easier to decide what to keep or get rid of.
2. Keep, Donate, or Trash
When you sort through your items, keep it simple by only having three options: keep, donate, or trash. You might be inclined to keep a broken item because you plan to fix it, but chances are it will just turn back into a pile of clutter. If something is broken or in poor condition, it’s probably time to just throw it away. Items that are in good condition can be donated to a local thrift store or charity.
3. Clean As You Go When Decluttering Your Home
When you are decluttering your home, you will empty out areas that have been filled with stuff for a long time. Have rags and cleaner ready so you can give these hidden areas a good cleaning while they are accessible and empty. Nooks and crannies get dusty over time and this is the perfect opportunity to clean them out.
4. Find a Place For Everything
If you give everything you decide to keep a dedicated place, the chances of your home becoming cluttered again are much lower. Keep like items together and think about where it makes sense to store them based on how much they are used. Put things back in their dedicated spot after use and you will always know where to find them.
5. Don’t Procrastinate
Once you have finished decluttering your home, you will most likely have several bags and boxes of items to get rid of. You don’t want to have piles of discarded items sitting by your front door, in your garage, or in your car for days. Make a point to take this stuff to the donation center of your choice right away, as the last step in decluttering your home.