Maintaining an orderly and uncluttered home can be one of the best ways to reduce stress. But many struggle with basic organization strategies for decluttering their homes.
Understanding why and how you want to declutter are both key steps toward making it happen. To overcome any procrastination issues, try these helpful suggestions for getting started quickly and efficiently.
Start with a Prioritized List
Decluttering your home may seem daunting at first, with all its supplies, supplies required, and time commitment involved. One way to start is prioritizing which area needs your attention first using the four-box method; you could label each box trash, give away, keep, or relocate. This helps make tough decisions easier about what needs to go where.
If you need help organizing or storing items, investing in hooks, catch-all trays, and under-bench storage could save time when putting things away and prevent items from getting lost amongst clutter. Furthermore, keeping a donation bin handy would allow for seamless donations; setting a goal of one item a day like Colleen Madsen does on her blog 365 Fewer Things is one great idea to get you going.
Focus on One Space at a Time
Decluttering is no quick or easy feat, but your goals can be broken down into more manageable chunks. For instance, declutter one area at a time until completed or focus on items requiring the most cleaning first (such as pantry contents or closet space). Some people even set timers every ten or fifteen minutes to see how much progress they can make during that short amount of time – which can motivate them to keep at it!
If you feel overwhelmed, try starting small by starting with items with minimal sentimental attachment such as duplicates or kitchen equipment that is no longer useful. Once you get comfortable with purging, move on to more challenging areas such as closets or working with clothing that doesn’t fit or is no longer fashionable.
Donate or Sell Items
Decluttering can be daunting, with many struggling to decide where they’ll place the items they are disposing of. Some try selling them, but this can often prolong clutter being around even longer and cause you to question your decisions when it comes to decluttering.
Donating clothing, furniture, and household items to charity or community groups gives them a new lease on life while helping those in need – while giving you a great feeling of satisfaction about improving your home!
Set up bins for different categories of items when donating them; this will make sorting through and organizing clutter easier. Also consider having a one-in, one-out policy so that clutter doesn’t build back up; this is especially important in high-traffic areas like kitchens or family rooms where too much clutter makes finding things harder as well as cleaning easier.
Rethink Sentimental Items
Releasing sentimental items can be tough to do – particularly those tied to negative memories such as sadness or loss. Instead of simply parting ways with them completely, try finding ways to incorporate those items as you declutter your home.
One way of doing this is to establish a “time-out” box – this can be anything from a box, bin, or folder – for those items which are hard for you to part with. Setting yourself a deadline with knowing you can come back later can make letting go much simpler!
One effective way of preserving sentimental items is incorporating them into your home decor, giving each item its own unique character while making it easy to appreciate them daily! Displaying these keepsakes also serves as an avenue for showing them off and sharing memories they hold.