When aiming for a simplified life, the first to be tackled is definitely all those clutter in the home. Less stuff means less to clean and organize. However, decluttering is easier said than done. More often than not, we succumb to defeat right away once we see a mountain of stuff waiting to be tackled.
So where do you start? The first thing you should do before taking on any decluttering task is to condition yourself that the work involved isn’t that bad and that it’s okay to take baby steps first. You can never conquer a whole mountain of mess by simultaneously grabbing everything that you see. The key here is to start small and gradually add on a task as you go along. This way, you will not feel overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs to be done.
Once you feel you’re ready to take on the challenge, it’s time to do the actual work. Here are simple solutions you can do to declutter your home with ease. Remember to have fun – decluttering need not be painful. It actually presents an opportunity for you to be creative and more organized.
Pick a red-letter day for decluttering
Committing to a decluttering schedule is the first step to clutter control. It can be this weekend or the next, or any day that sounds appealing to you. After setting a schedule, make a list of the areas in the house that need decluttering, starting from the easiest to the hardest so that you can easily manage your time.
Start with one area
The problem with some is that they try to clear out every area all at once. By the end of it all, they feel overwhelmed by all the mess that’s around and then just decide to leave it at that. What you need to do is clear just one area first and designate it as your no-clutter zone. You can start with one area in your room, the kitchen counter or table, or your work space. Whatever you do, don’t put anything in this clutter-free zone that doesn’t belong there. You can then expand this zone to include other areas of the house until your entire home is free from any clutter.
Try the four-box method
Bring out four boxes and label each one. Designate one for trash, one for keeping, another for giving away, and one for relocating. This way, it will be much easier to organize every item in your home.
Consider giving an item each day
Chances are, you have stuff in your home you no longer need. If your aim is reduce and simplify the way you live, giving away one item each day is a great way lessen your possessions. By leaving only the items you actually need, organizing and decluttering will be much easier for you.
Put away stuff for donation
There are functional items in your home that you may no longer need, so better donate them to charity instead of throwing them away or keeping them in the storage. You would be helping people in need in the process while ridding your home of stuff that you don’t need.
Teach the kids to put things where they belong
Not only will it be easier to declutter but you will also instill in your kids the habit of organizing things. Plus, it will be much easier to declutter next time when all the other items are already in their proper places.