Have you ever visited someone else’s home and noticed it was very organized and neat, and found yourself wishing your home could look like that too? It’s not an impossibility by any stretch, even if you have no idea where to begin. If your goal is to simplify your life and to live as clean and uncluttered as possible, then you are in luck! There are many ways to approach decluttering in your home, so stick with what appeals to you most.
Discover Problem Areas in Your Home
Before you begin decluttering your home, you should identify all of the areas that need help. Take a tour of your home, but instead of just looking around, pretend that you have invited over an important visitor, one who you would like to impress. As you look at each room and in each area, pretend that you are actually the important visitor and imagine what they might be thinking about the house. Use paper and pen, or other note-taking device to record all of the areas that you think this person would think needs attending to. Once you have identified the problem areas, you have a good place to begin.
How to Start
There are a couple of ways to go about decluttering your home. The first is to do a little at a time, as you have time. The other is to completely tackle an area and finish it entirely before you move on to another section. There are pros and cons for each. Let’s take the example of trying to declutter a clothes closet. If you have a big enough home, you can take everything out of the closet, and only return those things you intend to keep. This method has distinct advantages in that it allows you to see everything at once, and it also forces you to see the whole of the project. If you have everything laid out before you, you will find it easier to separate the items into distinct categories and to tell what you need to keep, what to get rid of and what to donate.
If you live in a smaller space, pulling everything out of the closet at once can be a more difficult task, as you will need to work around the items you have taken out. In this case, it might be better to divide the task into smaller chunks. For example, you may want to work on the floor of the closet, then the right side, then left and finally the top of the closet.
What to Ask Yourself
Many people have a very hard time parting with items. To get you started, it is a good idea to take each item by itself, and ask yourself if this item makes you feel happy, or if it serves a real purpose. Some items are sentimental because they represent a special time or moment. While it’s ok to hold on to some of these items, really ask yourself if the item needs to be kept. By holding it in your hands and thinking about each and every one, you will find it easier to make a decision.
Find a Home for Everything
One of the most important rules for keeping clutter away over the long term is to find a proper home for each of your belongings. Even if you want to keep an item, if it doesn’t have a regular storage place, your home will feel cluttered. This may require re-thinking the space and storage you currently have. By efficiently storing your items, you will have made a huge step towards permanently decluttering your home!
Till Next Time
Mike Gardner – The Time Doctor
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