How to Declutter: 7 Easy Ways to Start

English: Clutter Signs in abundance in Holmbridge.

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A clean home gives you peace; it lessens the amount of stress that daily routines give you. The moment you walk in to a room that is clutter-free after a stressful day, you achieve that sense of comfort, peace and quiet, only then can your rightful rest time begin.

The thought of decluttering your home may be a little cumbersome to think about but it is still possible.

Here are some tips on how to declutter your home:

1)       Do it bit by bit. You can allocate just a few minutes to declutter a certain area in your home. Set a specific time limit when decluttering a space (15 minutes for each shelf, for example) as decluttering an entire room could overwhelm you and cause stress.

2)       Focus on one drawer or shelf one at a time. Learn to focus on a single shelf or drawer at a time, and entirely vacate it. After you clean that drawer or shelf, only put back the things that you need and get rid of those that you don’t.

3)       Stop thinking twice. The moment you’re ready to sort your things out, decide which ones you’ll keep (those that you use frequently) and which ones you need to give away. The question is not “Is the thing still usable?” but rather is should be, “Am I still using this thing?”

4)       Throw away unimportant papers. Most of the clutters we find at home are papers. From the monthly magazine subscriptions you made up to the brochures you received at the supermarkets. Unknowingly you bring these materials to your home and simply place them elsewhere. Try sorting out these papers and you’ll surely be surprised at how much you’ve collected. You may be slipping into compulsive hoarding. You may also opt to sell old magazines, by doing so, you’ll not only get rid of those clutter-causing papers, you’ll even profit from them!

5)       Have a separate box for things you are not so certain of tossing away. If you can’t stand to throw something for the reason that you believe you might actually need it sooner or later, place it in a separate the box altogether, label it, and keep it in the storage, the garage, or any place that will keep it out of sight. The probability is that you’ll never realize that box still existed or even open it again. Then you can take it out after several months to a year, and give or throw it away.

6)       Design and impose a system that will stop clutter accumulation. The primary reason why a house or a place becomes cluttered is because it lacks a system that will keep it clutter-free. You need to fashion a system that will help avoid the accumulation of clutter or a way that will help you declutter your house like, disposing something old in exchange for something new, or throwing away stuff that hasn’t been used for a year or so, or simply assigning household tasks to everyone in the house which they are obligated to do. When you come to practice a system like this, your place will generally be safe from accumulation of clutter. You can plan this together with your family.

7)       Now you can relax and maintain your home clutter-free! After the hard work you’ve done, consider it an accomplishment that you’ve finally learned how to declutter and that you’ve achieved a clutter-free home! Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of your home, its peacefulness and simplicity. And finally appreciate and congratulate yourself for a job well done. Now you can relax and rest in your clean home.



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