Decluttering your home doesn’t have to be as overwhelming as it seems. Keep reading to discover 3 steps to easily declutter any room in your home.
Once you’ve crossed the pack rat threshold, living in a cluttered home may seem ideal. However, being swallowed up by stuff can be pretty destructive, especially to your mind.
Sometimes it is easier to turn a blind eye to the mess around us. You may think, “I’ll get to it tomorrow”, then tomorrow never comes.
Before you know it the clutter has gotten out of control and you have no idea where to start. Have no fear! Get ready for the easiest way to handle all that clutter and get back to living.
3 Steps to Easily Declutter Any Room
1. Get the space emptied out.
This is the first and biggest step for a reason. Before doing anything, get the space emptied out. Make two piles, dividing what you’d like to keep and what you want to get rid of.
To keep from spending too much time thinking about what to keep or toss, set your mind on only keeping the things that are meaningful to you.
Consider different possibilities of what you can do with the items you no longer want.
Check with local shelters and thrift shops to see if they are accepting new items.
A simple tip to help you actually get rid of these items is to put them in a bag or bin while sorting. Once the bag/bin is full, take it immediately to the donation place of choice, or take it to the trash.
Organizational expert, Peter Walsh says, “Later is the best friend of clutter!” In other words, don’t procrastinate in clearing the space and actively doing something with the things you no longer need or want.
2. Create a vision for the room.
You may think this step should come first, but it would be hard to create a vision for the room with all the clutter.
Once the space is emptied out, you can see the room for what it really is. Now it’s time to decide what you’d like to do with your new space.
These questions will help you determine how to move forward.
- Does it need a deep clean?
- Could it use a new coat of paint, or a different color altogether?
- Will the intended use of this room be the same, or change?
- What do I need to purchase?
You may also want to get inspiration from some of the items you kept. Regardless of what you choose to do, take your time with this step.
Make a clear plan of tasks to be completed along with a deadline to make sure you complete them.
Tackle them one at a time. Don’t get caught up in trying to multitask! Instead, complete one full task and then move on to the other.
3. Make your vision for a clutter free room a reality.
Once you’ve cleared, cleaned, and created a vision, it’s time to make it a reality.
To keep from re-cluttering your space, make sure you are clear about your vision.
If you’re turning your new space into an office, only put things in the room that compliment that. If it will be a guest bedroom, use items that will make it just that.
One of the biggest and most common mistakes is putting more in a room than what it is intended for.
In the mind, it opens the door for becoming a place to put more stuff. In reality, it turns into a “catch-all” space.
Avoid this trap completely with intentionally setting the space up for what it will be used for, and nothing else.
If you know you are prone to falling back into the clutter lifestyle, create a system to help you stay clear of that.
Incorporate a storage system using bins and boxes for those catch-all items. Get in the habit of cleaning and donating things you no longer want. Lastly, create a cleaning and declutter routine for each room of your home.
Using these 3 steps to easily declutter any room in your home will make the overwhelming task of organizing your home much easier to accomplish.
More tips to declutter your home
- 8 Ways To Keep Your Home In Order
- 5 Ways to Use the Extra Space in Your Home
- 10 Daily Tidy Up Activities To Keep Your Home Clean
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