Picture this: you have a room in your home that’s absolutely packed with boxes of stuff, and stuff falls out of your kitchen cabinets when you open them. Not to mention, all the cables that you have tangled in your home office or behind your entertainment center.
If this sounds like your home, congratulations! You’re with the majority. So many of us have way more than we need in our homes and we’re going to help you change that with these tips for decluttering your home.
Go One Room at a Time
If you have a hard time letting things go, decluttering will be a hard process for you; but it’s a good one! To make the process easier, you should only declutter one room at a time.
Don’t start in a closet and get frustrated, then start decluttering your garage—trust us, you’ll end up decluttering nothing at all. Ease into the process and start small with a closet, or even as small as one drawer.
We guarantee you’ll feel less stressed because you can finally find your favorite spatula that the clutter buried.
Always Keep Flat Surfaces as Clear as Possible
Do your best to keep any flat surfaces in your home clear. Now, before you panic, that doesn’t mean you have to store away things you use every day, like your coffee maker or big mixer. J
ust keep your tables and counter space from being a catch-all space. You’re not totally off the hook yet, because this rule goes for anyone with home offices and entertainment centers, too.
For instance, you shouldn’t have a cluster of cables behind, under, or on top of the desk. Instead, get rid of what you can, and implement effective cable management.
You Shouldn’t Have to Stack Things Just to Make Them Fit
This tip is especially true for kitchen storage. For example, if you have to stack different sized and shaped plastic containers just so they can fit in the cabinet, you should toss some that plastic.
Opening your cabinets shouldn’t result in an avalanche of Tupperware. Here’s a challenge for you: clear one cabinet entirely, and you can only keep the items that have a place on the shelf. No stacking unlike items on top of each other.
For example, you have large plates and large bowls, however, you cannot stack the bowls on top of the plates, or vice versa. This will force you to really organize and capitalize on your space.
Only Keep What You Love
Throughout the entire decluttering process, some items are going to be easier than others to get rid of. The rule of thumb you need to follow is if you don’t undoubtedly love the item, let it go.
If you need to have a maybe box or pile, that’s fine, and if you second guess any item, throw it the maybe bin. The fact that you’re even remotely unsure about the item usually means you should get rid of it, but we know that’s more challenging for some.
Regardless of how long you’ve lived in the home, or how many things you think you need, having a regular decluttering routine will save you space and stress. So, set a goal and a plan to incorporate all these tips for decluttering and you’ll have a happier, healthier, and more spacious home.
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