Now that spring has arrived, it’s a great time to declutter and tackle some critical areas in your home. This is a great time to do this as winter can keep us close to home, which usually means we have collected more items that begin to build up within our shared spaces. While it may seem overwhelming to tackle the clutter in your home, it is essential for your health, home design and general well-being.
- Start With A Plan: It’s well-known that the best projects usually start with a plan. Decluttering is no different, as it’s essential to put a plan in place to help you avoid feeling overwhelmed when attempting to tackle the worst areas in your home. So start simple, create a list of the spaces or areas of the house that need to be decluttered (if it is your whole home, then write out the worst to the most minor areas). Make that list your first priority and start with the area that needs the most help. Starting with the most oversized items on your list will pick up momentum as you clean,, and the little spots won’t seem like much work at all.
- Create Rules: Rules are also important for this process,, as it can be easy to get lost in sentimental value. So, create some rules for yourself, note them down and stick to them. For example, Anything you haven’t used or thought about in the last 6 months is automatically gone or perhaps if you insist on keeping some items,, give yourself a number limit. By creating and sticking to these rules, you won’t have much wiggle room,, and it will help you make the decisions you may get stuck on.
- Sort It Out: Last but not least, make 3 clear areas as you work through the process. Have an open pile for the items that will stay, create a box for donation and grab a few garbage bags for the to be thrown out. Having an open pile for the items you decide to keep, it gives you a clear look at what you are hanging on to and how important those items are. On the flip side, having closed areas for the donation and throw-out pile doesn’t allow you to look back and reconsider what you’ve decided to get rid of.