Do you have dreams of becoming a minimalist? Wish you could get rid of the clutter once and for all? We’re rounding up some of the best ideas to show you how to declutter your home!
The first step in decluttering your home is to, well, start! Kim Cosentino, professional organizer and owner of The De-Clutter Box, told Today that you should schedule a time to begin.
Your first task is to schedule an appointment with your space. Most people never get around to clearing the clutter because their schedule is packed. So, just as you would schedule a regular checkup with your doctor, schedule an appointment with your home to begin organizing.
Pull out your calendar and choose a couple of hours to begin the task of decluttering. Go ahead, we’ll wait…
Got the date down? Now it’s time to visualize the decluttered home you desire. The more you think about how things could be, the more motivated you will be to actually get to work.
Get to Work
Let’s face it, making an appointment is the easy part. Doing the work is where things start to get overwhelming. There are lots of suggestions out there for how to tackle the clutter, but one recurring theme seems to stand out. Choose one small space to begin. You don’t have to declutter the whole house in one day. Simply choose one space to start.
So here’s my advice: start with just five minutes. Baby steps are important. Sure, five minutes won’t barely make a dent in your mountain, but it’s a start. Celebrate when you’ve made that start!
Then take another five minutes tomorrow. And another the next day. Before you know it, you’ll have cleared a whole closet or a room and then half your house and then … who knows?
What would the world be like if you had a clean counter? It could be life changing! With kids running around like mini tornadoes a clean counter would be a miracle.
Get it Sorted
The key to decluttering is deciding what to do with all of your stuff. Organized Home suggests using the Four Box Method.
The Four-Box method forces a decision, item by item. To apply it, gather three boxes and a large trash can. Label the boxes, “Put Away”, “Give Away/Sell” and “Storage.” Items to be thrown away belong in the trash can.
Take the four boxes to the declutter area. One at a time, pick up each piece of clutter. Ask yourself, “Do I want to put this away in another place, donate it (or sell it at a yard sale), store it, or throw it away?” You may not release your grip on the item until you have made a decision.
Go through every item in the room you are working on and decide which box it belongs in. Take some time at the end to empty those boxes. Put away what needs to be taken care of, take the storage items where they belong, move your donate items to the car so you won’t forget them, and place the trash in the trash!
When you are done maybe you could treat yourself to something from this box. We’ll join you in celebrating!
Get it Done
Repeat these steps as you move through your home room by room. The more rooms you declutter, the more motivated you will feel to get it all done! The Spruce has create a room by room guide to help you with your decluttering goal.
This room-by-room declutter guide will take you through your home and office with very specific instructions on what to declutter in each room or space in your home, and how to do it.
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