Finding the motivation to declutter your home may not be an easy task, particularly if you have more than ten year’s worth of stuff to manage. More importantly, you may find it difficult to stick with your decision. It takes a lot of time and effort to tidy up a messy home, especially if you plan to do it alone.
1. Ask for Help
Whether you ask friends or family to join you in your efforts to declutter your life doesn’t matter. It’s just important that you ask for help. Having an extra pair of arms, legs, and eyes makes a big difference when you need to move things, choose possessions to get rid of, and tidy up once you’ve made a mess looking through everything.
2. Select Organizational Strategies
Numerous methods of organizing the possessions you want to keep as well as those that you do not exist. If you are comfortable with the one you select, it is more likely for you to develop strong organizational habits that last throughout your lifetime.
While you are sorting through your possessions, you may want to embrace a variation of the box method. You simply label boxes according to your goals, such as discard, donate, sell, and keep. Alternatively, you can gather your things into categories, which allows you to notice duplicates and even triplicates. You also have the option to set up baskets that you fill according to the room that your things belong.
It might also be worth considering getting a storage unit. This will allow you to store anything you might not have room for, but can’t get rid of like sentimental items or holiday decorations, without having to sacrifice your organizational strategy.
3. Deal with Regular Chores First
Before you begin tidying up your house, you may want to complete daily chores, such as laundry and dishes. Take out the existing garbage. Feed and walk the dog. Drop off the dry cleaning. Once you get all of these tasks out of the way, you will be able to concentrate on the challenge of decluttering your life.
4. Start Big and End Small
The largest items are going to be the most difficult ones to handle. Tackle them in the beginning of your decluttering while you have the highest level of energy. As an added bonus, your house begins to look neater and less messy almost immediately. Work your way through the clutter one piece at a time, always choosing the largest remaining item. Finish up by dealing with the smallest items. By the time you are finished, every item should be in its proper location, the trash bin, or the give-away bag.
5. Make a List
Before you mark tidying up off your spring cleaning to-do list, take a few moments to jot down some notes. Make a list of any items that you kept but weren’t sure about keeping. Post the list somewhere visible, such as the refrigerator door. Over the next few weeks, you can take a look at these items and determine whether or not you still want to keep them.
Learning how to declutter your home can be life changing. It provides an opportunity to minimize housework and reduce stress as you no longer need to deal with more stuff than you can reasonably use.