Decluttering Your Home: 3 Ways to Do It

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL - JUNE 26:   Doreen Ferril...
NEW PORT RICHEY, FL - JUNE 26:   Doreen Ferril...

NEW PORT RICHEY, FL – JUNE 26: Doreen Ferrilo opens the door to her flooded home to salvage what she can before she must leave under a mandatory evacuation order by emergency management officials on June 26, 2012 in the Mill Run area of New Port Richey, Florida. Her homeowner’s insurance was recently cancelled due to faults in the roof. According to local news, two area rivers have converged and surpassed the 100-year flood plan. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

The best reward one can have after a long day’s work is going home to a clean and clutter-free home and finally getting a dose of the much deserved rest. A clean home makes your mind relaxed and free from stresses you’ve acquired earlier at work.

Unfortunately, this is not the scenario that happens to most people. Their home is the last place they would want to go; they prefer to go and relax somewhere else and finally get home to just sleep and wait for the next day. This is because of the clutter that greets most people. The place becomes more of a stressor rather than a place where they can finally relax and enjoy.

If you are one of the people who experience this situation, it is about time you do something about it! Find ways to declutter your home so you can declutter your life.

Here are simple ways to declutter your home:

1. Plan to clean and stick to your plan.

Decluttering a home requires strategic planning, that is, if you want to succeed cleaning your home. If you declutter right away without planning, you are most likely to get frustrated as you will find it difficult to get things organized. Therefore, the primary action you need to have when deciding to declutter your home is to plan.

Plan on what you want to do: do you want to throw away things? Would you rather sell them? Or donate them to charity perhaps? Do you want new physical arrangements done in your home? What do you plan to do with those things not frequently used? What room do you want to clean first? How much time do you intend to spend decluttering one room per day?

Your plan will be your guide in decluttering. It will guide you on what to do next and where to go next. This will be your checklist and all you’ve got to do is follow it.

2. Decide on what you want to do with the clutter.

It is always important to decide on what you wish to do with the clutter otherwise, it might still be in your house, just relocated. There are a lot of things you can do to your stuff aside from throwing them away. Giving them away is always the first option. Think of people who would want and see those things you are throwing away as useful and give it to them instead. Or, if you wish to earn money, there is cash in trash, you can always sell your stuff, and there are people who buy used things. Just make sure you designate a proper place for your garage sale, if you wish to have one.

3. Act on your plan.

If you plan on cleaning for 15 minutes each day, you better stick to it. Most people fail to accomplish their goal in getting a clutter-free home because they are simply stuck on the first step. Planning requires implementation; therefore you need to see to it that your checklist actually gets those check marks!



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5 Ways to Stop Shopping Addiction (From a Shopaholic’s Point of View)

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1. Do not bring your credit cards all the time (especially in the malls)

Admit it, having your credit card with you boosts your confidence when you enter a mall or an area where paying is almost possibly present. It’s amazing how those little plastic cards can give you such purchase confidence – the very reason you need to leave them at home. People tend to spend more when they use their credit cards because they don’t actually see the money slipping out of their hands, so there is very little or no heartbreak at all. This is the number one rule if you want to stop your splurging.

2. Budgeting 101.

The problem with shopaholics isn’t the actual spending or shopping but rather, the excessive shopping and splurging that they do. So instead of depriving yourself to shop (which is highly impossible), give yourself the permission to splurge once in a while, just don’t overdo it. The technique is by allocating a certain budget for shopping; once the budget has run out, you no longer have the shopping privileges until the next pay day.

3. Bring someone to shop with you.

People tend to splurge more when they shop all by themselves. The presence of a companion allows you to limit your purchases as you tend to feel embarrassed about spending too much. This technique is also best if your shopping buddy is vocal enough to reprimand you if you’ve spent too much.

4. Give it a day.

When you like something so much in the mall, combat impulsive shopping by giving it a day. When you do not respond to shopping impulses, you tend to develop more control over your urge to splurge.

5. Consider your emotional state when shopping.

People tend to over-shop when they are in extreme emotional states: too happy or too sad. Very happy people like to believe a need for a celebration which could be an excuse for over-spending, while people who are emotionally down find solace in shopping for things to comfort themselves. They want to believe that shopping fills the emptiness they are feeling. So if you are in either of these emotional states, staying at home is the better option.

Shopping is a good therapy; it is a proven de-stressor to many people as long as it stays within the normal limits of spending. When you run out of buying because of shopping, that’s when it becomes an addiction. When you show poor control over your splurges, that’s when it becomes an addiction. A lot of lives have been destroyed by this addiction, as enticing as shopping may appear, it is similarly a very destructive habit when not done in moderation. So give yourself the permission to shop and enjoy every minute of it, and when the budget is no more, learn to stop and control and delay the gratification until the next time it permits you to visit the malls again.

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