What to Do When You’re Sick of Home Clutter
Don’t try and tackle the whole house in one go. Go room by room and break each section into small tasks. It’s a good idea to start with the spots that really bother you. Clearing these areas will give you the satisfaction that might motivate you into carrying on. Even if you do one drawer and stop for the day, you’ve started somewhere.
When there’s ‘stuff’ everywhere,and you can’t walk from one room to another without tripping over clutter, then it’s time to get serious. Mess is stress, and if your home is out of control, then it’s time to fight back. Getting rid of the things that you don’t need and giving your home a total overhaul can be very liberating, and may not be as difficult as you think. If there always something underfoot, your closet doors don’t shut properly, and the garage is just a disaster area, then these tips might be the key to helping you to toss that clutter and streamline your life.
Your first step is to commit to the task. Ultimately, you want to get rid of everything that you don’t need, but this can cause instant panic. Not everything can go in the bin! You’re going to need to determine what can be binned, what can be recycled, and what can be donated. If you’re serious, invest in a dumpster that can haul away your rubbish, making it easier to get rid of the things that are useless.
Step by step
Don’t try and tackle the whole house in one go. Go room by room and break each section into small tasks. It’s a good idea to start with the spots that really bother you.
If you set aside twenty minutes a day to do a declutter of an area of your choice, you’re far more likely to get it done. Big jobs are often so daunting that we just put them off. Knowing that you only have to work hard for twenty minutes can give you just the right boost to get off the sofa and start filling that dumpster.
If you have family members in the home, then it’s time to recruit their muscle power. The more pairs of hands you have working together, the faster your declutter will go. You could all work together room by room, or give everyone a room to sort out themselves (although a lack of supervision is a risk for younger helpers). Get friends involved too, and you might be done sooner than you think.
There are some possessions that are too nice to throw away, so you may want to consider selling them. Before you start storing various items because you think they might be worth money, do an online check. It could be that the time and space you take up with selling an old vase or a box of DVDs isn’t worth it. If they don’t sell, then you’re stuck with a whole new pile of useless possessions.
Clothes and shoes are things that can accumulate quickly, and chances are that you have t-shirts and trainers that don’t fit, are out of style, or are the wrong color. Obviously, throwing away perfectly good clothes is never wise, and
Having too much clutter around the home is stressful and frustrating. Streamline your life and commit to a declutter that can free up your household, reduce the risk of accidents, and you might even be able to open that closet door without the contents falling into your face!