A home can be a place of comfort and inspiration, or it can be burdensome and full of negative energy. A huge part of creating a positive home environment is keeping it clutter free. The excess “stuff” in our homes can clutter our minds and create unnecessary chaos and frustration. The minimalist movement may not be your thing, but everyone feels better with a clutter-free and organized space.
Here are 5 ways to declutter your home…
1. Pick up an item and ask yourself the following questions:
Is this item necessary?
Have I used this item recently?
Does this item mean something to me in a sentimental way?
Would I miss this item?
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, keep it. If the answer is “no,” consider letting it go.
2. Make a rule that if you haven't used an item in six months (one year for seasonal items), the item will be donated or tossed out. If that scares you, create a box for these items and put a date on the outside of the box. If you end up using anything in the box after another six months, remove it. If not, you probably won't use it in the near future.
3. Start small and work your way up! Maybe your basement is a storage area that seems too overwhelming to tackle right away. Start with a small closet. Once you become familiar with the decluttering process, then address the basement. Know that you don't have to go at it alone! Involve the whole family so they can take ownership as well.
The blog, A Household of Sunshine created a list of 250+ household items to throw away. Sometimes a step-by-step guide is just what you need to give you the motivation and support for success!
4. Set up a preventative plan so the clutter doesn't come back. A one-time decluttering attempt will not last forever. You will buy and be given more items, and the clutter will return. This is why organization is key. If there isn't a place for an item, it doesn't belong or something needs to be given away so that the new item can take its place. Also, create a budget so that careless spending doesn't occur as easily or as often.
5. Go paperless. Technology is a great resource for decluttering. Scan receipts and paperwork and toss them afterward. Piles of paperwork are unnecessary. Going paperless will require work up front, but the benefits are worth it!
Tell us in the comments what is your first step for decluttering your home?