A cluttered home has a lot of negative effects on the people that live in it. It can be embarrassing for the kids to have their friends come over. It can be hard for you to focus on anything when you’re distracted by the clutter all around you.
If your home has a major clutter issue and sometimes bordering on hoarding, you may have an underlying issue that is making it impossible for you to keep your home clean.
If you are depressed or you’re unable to clean your home and let go of things, seek the advice of a doctor.
If you’re ready to clean up the clutter, or you only have a minimal amount of it, you can start cleaning up with these tips.
Once you’ve evicted the clutter from your home, you’ll have more space, more focus, and you’ll feel less stressed. Here are some decluttering tips to help you put an end to a messy home and messy life:
Get Rid of Things You Don’t Use
The first step in decluttering your home is to get rid of the stuff that has no business in your home.
Everyone in your home probably owns at least a few things they could stand to get rid of. There are clothes you’ve all grown out of, toys the kids no longer play with, and stuff that you just don’t have use for anymore. Sort through it. You’ll declutter fast if you get rid of things.
Start with two “piles.” Get a box for donation items and grab a trash bag or can for your tossable items. Anything that is no longer usable should go in the trash. This includes broken toys, games with missing pieces, and stained clothing. Be sure to recycle anything that can be.
In your donation box (or boxes, depending on how much stuff you have to get rid of), put any items that are still usable. This can include toys and games that are all in one piece, as well as clothing that still has life left in it, electronic items, and anything else still worthy of use.
Your donation box can double as a rummage sale box as well. If you live in an area that gets a lot of traffic and you have some items people might spend money for, you could have a sale, or you could post them on a website like Etsy or Ebay to make a little cash back.
Give Everything a Home
If you don’t have a place to put something away, consider getting rid of it. If you don’t want to get rid of it, find it a home. Everything in your house, in each and every room, should have a place where it can be put away.
Bookshelves can be used to house more than just books. They are great for storing DVDs and CDs. They also make great places to organize toys, games, and crafting supplies. You can invest in some dollar store cloth bins to store loose items and small toys, and then just slide it onto a shelf.
You can find cool gadgets that help you organize your kitchen drawers and cupboards (including all of those storage container lids that fall out every time you need to put some food in the fridge). Another gadget every home needs is at least one closet organizer. You’ll be able to fit more shoes and more storage items in your closets with these.
Get Better at Storage
Speaking of storage, if you’re keeping things packed in boxes, you need to pack them like a puzzle. Use these right “boxes” and keep them in a safe place.
There are reasons why plastic totes are a better choice than cardboard boxes (mainly being more waterproof and more pest proof).
No matter what you’re storing things in, keep the containers up high when stored in a basement. If your basement floods (from rain or a water heater disaster), you want your items in a place where they’ll be the safest.
Attics and basements get a lot of moisture, especially when it’s warm out. Keep this in mind when you’re storing certain things. Items that might be damaged by moisture (furniture, material, vintage items, and food) or pests shouldn’t be stored in attics or basements.
An Organized House Isn’t Cluttered
The key to decluttering fast and keeping your house clutter free is in keeping your home organized.
Following the above tips, you should be able to do just that.
Make sure the rest of the household knows where everything goes, and that they are always putting things back to where they belong when they are done with them.
Cleaning takes less time if things get put away immediately after use.
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