If you’re thinking that it’s time to declutter your home but haven’t gotten around to it because it feels like an overwhelming task, you are going to need some tips to help you get started.
Depending on how big your house is, it may take some time to finish decluttering. Here’s a look at some of the quickest ways you can get your home organized.
The Benefits of Decluttering
Decluttering can be hard and you may feel motivated one minute and quite the opposite the next. When this happens it is easy to become frustrated and do nothing. However, when you take the time to examine the benefits you will become motivated again.
The first benefit is that decluttering makes cleaning easier. It can be hard to clean things you don’t like or don’t want to look at. When you declutter your home you can get rid of these things and hopefully make cleaning less painful.
Secondly, when you declutter your home it will become easier to stay organized. Decluttering makes putting things in their correct place a lot easier and it will help to keep your home from getting cluttered again. Decluttering also frees up space in your home so that your home becomes more comfortable.
When your home is cluttered and untidy whether you know it or not you are adding to your stress. When you look around and see a clean, tidy home it will be less stressful for you. When you enjoy your living space it makes it easier for you to relax.
Easy Ways to Declutter Your House
When it is time to declutter your home it can be easy to get overwhelmed very fast. The only way to prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed is to declutter slowly.
There are many ways in which you can start decluttering your home slowly and get rid of the mess without feeling stressed. Here is a look at a few of them.
The Five Minute Challenge
Try decluttering your home for at least five minutes each day. As you learn how to declutter more quickly and effectively you can then move this up to ten minutes per day. You will be surprised how much this small amount of time can help you to clean up your house very quickly.
You can create a rule so that every time you enter a room you find something to declutter. In this way decluttering becomes a habit.
For example, if your garage is in very bad condition and you’ve been putting it off for months, try to go into the garage at least five minutes before you need to leave. Start decluttering small sections during those five minutes before you get into your car and drive out.
Giving away items that you no longer need is one of the quickest and easiest ways to declutter your home. If you give away one item per day by the end of the year you would have removed 365 things from your home that you do not need.
If you have a lot of junk in places like your attic or garage you can try giving away at least two things a day until you have completely gotten rid of the clutter in different sections of your home.
Do a Speed Cleaning
One challenge that you can give yourself and the entire family is to see how fast you can fill up a small or large garbage bag with things that you do not need.
Set a timer for the challenge. Try to fill the bags with as many items as you can before the timer expires.
Divide and Conquer
Divide and conquer is a technique you can use to declutter your home. Get four boxes and label them, “trash”, “keep”, “donate” and “relocate”. Separating boxes this way will make it easier for you when you start decluttering your home.
When you start using these boxes you do not have to pick a specific room in which to begin. You can start in any room of your home that needs decluttering.
Make a Checklist
A checklist is a great way to begin decluttering your home. When you have a checklist of what needs to be done you will get the satisfaction of ticking off various things as you accomplish them.
Seeing that you are actually making progress is a great way to keep yourself motivated as you declutter your home. There are decluttering checklists online that you can print out or you can sit down and create your own.
Use Minimalist Techniques
You don’t have to become a full-fledged minimalist to live a simpler life. You can use a lot of the techniques that they use to declutter not only your home, but also to simplify your life and spend less.
Spending less on the things that you don’t need means you will have more to spend on the things you do need. For example, you could build better fencing for your yard, buy the rubber strip for that window you have been putting off fixing, or buy those smart bulbs you have been wanting.
People often think that when they minimalize and declutter they will end up living an unfulfilled life, often this is not the case. What does happen is that you end up focusing on exactly what you need and you find that your life becomes more enjoyable.
When people want to document their weight loss journey they will take before or after pictures. Maybe you have seen people do before and after pictures when they are going in for plastic surgery.
This is a great technique that you can use when you start to declutter your home. Take a picture of how your home looks prior to being decluttered. Then once you have decluttered you can take a picture of how your home looks afterward.
The difference is often remarkable. It is also a great way for you to stay motivated even when you feel tired and don’t want to continue with your decluttering efforts.
You can hang or tack the photos in a prominent place so that you can visibly see the difference that you are making, at all times. This will be especially useful when you have to tackle larger areas of your home, such as the attic, that may need decluttering.
Getting help to declutter your home is a great way to remove the emotional attachment that you may have to objects that need to go. When you get a friend or family member to objectively go through your home, take a look at what you need and don’t need, you will often find that decluttering is easier.
Often you may not want to get rid of an item because it has sentimental value even though it is no longer useful. Having a friend or family member come over to help can sever your emotional ties to items that you don’t need.
The trick to making this work is that you will need to find someone who will stand their ground even when you try to defend and find reasons why you need the items.
Hire a professional
Sometimes you need to face the fact that no matter what you do to try to declutter it’s just not getting done. When this happens the best thing you can do is hire a professional to do it, there are people who will declutter your home for you.
If you find that there are things that are beyond your capability or you don’t have enough time in your day to do it, then hiring a professional may be the way to go.
A professional organizer will not only organize your home for you, but they will also give you tips on how to prevent it from becoming decluttered again. The tips that organizers give are often practical and easy to implement.
Always remember that there is absolutely no shame in asking for help, so if you need it and can afford it don’t hesitate to hire someone.
It is important that you organize your home not just for your comfort but for your health as well. Living in a home that is untidy and cluttered can affect your mental health. It is difficult to relax when everything around you is out of place and unorganized.
Remember to take things slowly, you do not have to get everything done all at once. Making small strides is the best way to ensure that you do not become overwhelmed and before you actually see progress.
If you do find things are getting overwhelming, you can always hire someone to do the bulk of the decluttering for you. Once they are finished all you’ll have to do is maintain it.
If you follow these tips to declutter your home you will clearly feel and see the difference not only in your home but in your life as well.