Organizing is one of the things I really enjoy. I like a clean space because when it’s a mess in my room I feel stressed. But at the same time, I do think it’s hard to decide whether I keep stuff or throw it out. I have been reading books and blogs about this and I wanted to share my tips with you how to declutter.
First of all, let me explain why it’s important to declutter. “With less clutter, there will be more room for you, your family, and your friends. You’ll get to enjoy the freedom of all the space you’ve reclaimed. If you like to socialize, invite friends and family over more often. If you like your alone time, sit down and enjoy a good book or a favorite movie, rejoicing how easy it is to relax and stretch out while doing it.”- Rick Woods. I think Rick explained it very well. Clutter makes you feel stressed and that makes it hard to relax or enjoy socializing in your home.
Many people enjoy decluttering because it relieves stress by providing a sense of control and accomplishment. For others, getting rid of the junk frees up a little extra space in the house that wasn’t there before. Some people may just need to purge before they move to a new house. It doesn’t matter whatever reason you have to declutter, it’s time to start with the tips and clean up the mess.
Step 1: Set Goals
Before you get started, make a plan. No matter how many rooms or how much clutter you have to get through, starting with specific goals will help you create a plan that will reduce any frustration as you go. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you get started decluttering your home:
- Write down or make a map of all the rooms and ‘clutter hot spots’ you want to tackle.
- Give each space a grade based on the severity of the clutter. For example, on a scale of 1 – 3 (3 being the most cluttered), a particularly messy room or closet would get a 3. This will help you prioritize your time.
- Do one room or one space at a time.
- Set completion dates for each phase of your cleanup. Be sure to pick dates that are attainable so you don’t get frustrated. If you make it into a declutter challenge for yourself, it may feel a bit more like a game.
Step 2: Create a Sorting System
As you go through the rooms and spaces in your house, you will need a system for sorting the items you find. You can create your own method, or use one of the most popular organizational tips: the “Three-Box Method.” This method forces you to make a decision item by item, so you don’t end up with a bigger mess than the one you started with. Gather three boxes or storage bins, label them as follows and then use the organizing tips below.
Step 3: Get Rid of the Clutter
You have a few options for disposing of items that make their way into the “Get Rid of It” box.
- Recycle: Recyclable glass, plastics, and paper can go straight into your recycling bin if you have curbside pickup. Otherwise, put your recyclables in bags so you can transport the waste to the nearest recycling drop off location.
- Donate: You can rest easy knowing that something you no longer need is going to a good home. Clothes, shoes and other household items in good condition can be donated to a number of local charities.
- Sell: If you have stuff that still looks good and might be able to sell, then try to sell it. You won’t get the original price for it, but you might be able to still get some money.
Besides these steps, I do have some more declutter tips for you:
1. The 80/20 rule: When it comes to clothing, we generally only wear 20 percent of the clothes we own 80 percent of the time. This rule tends to hold true for other things as well, such as video games, computer parts, books, DVDs, toys and more. Your mission is to get rid of the things you don’t use 80 percent of the time.
2. See if it works. If whatever treasure you found stashed away in your house doesn’t work, get rid of it. If you want to fix it, then fix it, but don’t let it sit in your house for another month collecting dust.
3. Think of the last time you used it. If you haven’t used something you come across in the last six months, you should probably get rid of it. And if you didn’t even know you still had the item in question, you should definitely get rid of it –you didn’t miss it enough to warrant keeping it.
4. Ask yourself if you love it. This may seem obvious, but sometimes we keep things we aren’t completely crazy about. Yes, sometimes we spend money on things we don’t love, and sometimes we don’t return them. But if you don’t love it, and you haven’t used it in more than 6 months, add it to the “Get Rid of It” bin.
5. Sleep on it. After you’ve made the decision to get rid of some of the clutter in your home, sleep on it. If there’s something you can’t live without, you’ll know in the morning. You can pull it out of the junk bin and put it away.
6. Start with small decluttering projects that feel big. Before you commit to an entire room, start with a few small projects that will give you a sense of accomplishment when you’re done.
Blog post inspired by Budget Dumpsters.
That’s it for today’s blog post. I hope you enjoyed it? I really love these tips and I’m using them myself as well. I’m trying to sell products I don’t use or love anymore, or just throw things away which aren’t worth anything. I still have some organizing to do but with these tips, I’ll be fine!
Hope you enjoyed reading this!