With the start of the New Year and the madness of the holiday season behind us, I always feel it is time to start sorting out the clutter! What you call clutter will depend on your own perspective and is subject to your restrictions, it is about letting go of items that you don’t need or use. Therefore, if you want to know how to declutter your home and get organized for the New Year, then this article will answer all your burning questions, well at least try!
How To Declutter Your Home
How you go about decluttering your home, the process is the same as the next person, but what you class as clutter is completely different depending on your own perspective of clutter.
What you see as clutter the next person might see as a valuable treasure, to keep and to love. This is true for myself as there are certain things I want to hold onto where my other half just sees it as clutter!
Therefore, before you start throwing things away you have to make a plan as to what you need to keep and what all family members agree as to what is clutter. This is important; there is nothing worse than losing your pride possessions as someone else thought they were just items of clutter. This can make a person hang on to things out of terror and start a serious problem with hoarding.
The most difficult area to declutter, I always found, was my children’s toys, they wanted to hold onto every single item. It was always a difficult process reducing down their things, but it was something that we did regularly, as space was always a concern.
In each area that you need to tackle you need a plan, decluttering is one of the most time-sucking activities that you can do, if you allow it. These items can bring back memories and this is difficult to process quickly and to make decisions as to what to do with the item.
You do have choices as to what you might want to do with items that you no longer need or want:
- The most obvious is rubbish, they go in the bin, but before you throw it away, is it possible to go into some recycling scheme?
- Is it possible to sell the item? If the item is good quality and is a saleable item this might be an option, but don’t use this as an excuse as to not getting rid of the item. It is a great idea to put a time limit on an item, if it doesn’t sell within 3 months you must think of an alternative with the item in question.
- To give away to charity or to give to someone who wants the item, don’t force your clutter onto someone else, this isn’t fair! If you know, someone actually wants the item then give them the item; if not, maybe a local charity would be the better option?
- To keep the item, you must love that item or need it for tax purposes; the only reason to keep something is to love that item.
Getting Your Home Straight
The added benefits to decluttering our homes; there is then less to clean and to look after. I am not suggesting that you should take on a minimalist approach, but to know what you have and have dedicated homes for items, can reduce the need for buying replacements because you just can’t find the original.
How you start to declutter your home, getting together with family members to ensure that the clutter that’s removed isn’t going to cause problems later on, is just the starting process, you actually need time to completely declutter your home.
It isn’t possible to clear the clutter in one session, it will take time, after all, it took time to accumulate, it is going to take time for you to sort through these items and actually get the clutter out.
If you practice decluttering in small sessions, like a 10-minute session each day rather than in one swoop, it is less stressful and you are more likely to continue with the decluttering process the next day.
Remember to plan trips to get rid of the clutter you don’t want, if you are taking it for recycling or to a charity shop, plan to do this as soon as possible, because having boxes around could lead to a feeling of annoyance as it can seem that you end up with more stuff lying around waiting for disposal.
The Declutter Process
The process isn’t quick and it is something that you need to work on regularly and when you get the hang of it, sometimes you can declutter without really realizing what you are doing.
I break my decluttering into sections, this allows me to pick an area I want to tackle and it gives me choices. I set my oven timer; I use my oven timer because it means I have to get up to turn it off. I just start decluttering; sometimes things are in the wrong place and just need moving back to their home.
Once the timer goes off, I clear up and put things in the appropriate place and move on to a different task, but knowing that I have made progress towards my decluttering goal.
Getting your house organized and decluttered will give you more space and it can save you buying more storage to fit the items in your home, you just might need to get rid of the clutter!
Therefore, if you are looking to set the year off on a declutter mission you will find that you will reduce the contents in your home, you might make some money on these items if you chose to sell them, alternatively, by giving to charity you might help someone who needs the item but can’t afford to purchase new. Your clutter could be something that someone else needs and will love. A decluttered home is a home that takes less time to keep clean! So, take your time and declutter your home.
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What are your decluttering tips?
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