Have you ever looked around your home and thought to yourself “where did all this stuff come from”? I’m pretty sure we have all been in that situation at one time or another. You can’t find anything in the kitchen or things start falling when you open the closet! When this happens it time to do some serious decluttering! For some reason decluttering a home is hard for people. My personal belief is that people don’t want to get rid of things. However, decluttering and getting rid of things isn’t scary, in fact it can make your life less stressful.
5 Simple Tips to DeClutter Your Home
You might not want to start off by decluttering your entire kitchen or garage. Starting off with too much could end up feeling overwhelming. Start off with a coat closet or a bathroom. Make 3 piles one for things to throw away, another for stuff to donate and third pile will be things you are keeping and putting back in their correct spot.
Get Second Opinion
If getting rid of stuff is hard for you, consider getting a second opinion. Ask your spouse or friend to look over your keep pile. They will be able to objectively ask you if you really need certain items. Having someone available to give you a second opinion will make you rethink your decision to keep certain items.
Do a Daily Challenge
Every day give yourself a specific amount of time to declutter your home. Even setting a timer for 5-minutes is perfectly fine. During the designated amount of time try to locate as many items as possible that you can throw away or donate. You might be surprised at how much you can do in a short period of time.
If you have kids in your home then you probably have art projects, report cards, yearbooks and anything else they have brought home from school. These items end up on the kitchen counter, in the closet, under the couch and anywhere else you can think of. You don’t need to throw these items away but you do need to find a system to organize these items. Consider creating a plastic bin that has the child’s name and school year. So it might say, John 2nd Grade. Have this bin available to put all documents you want to save in this bin. Once the school year is over place it in the garage, shed or anywhere else that is out-of-the-way. You will feel good knowing you have it stored away in an organized fashion.
The more organized you become the less “stuff” you are going to want to have around. Spend a day going through each room in your house and getting things nice and organized. Once you realize how long it takes to get everything organized you will quickly begin to realize you don’t need much. This is a great way to get your home decluttered!