One can never feel truly relaxed in their home when there’s plenty of clutter around. We all know that living a simple life with only the things we need is a must, but the very thought of going through everything you own and throwing things out is overwhelming.
Just think about how you’ll feel when you’re done! Make it a fun activity instead of treating it like a heavy chore.
Here are some expert tips on how to declutter your home:
Have realistic expectations
Recognize that decluttering is not an overnight process. The duration will depend on how much stuff you have and how many rooms you’re clearing up. If you’re working on the entire house, that will take even longer. Accept the challenge and don’t expect fast results – this will only lead to frustration.
Start with at least 10 minutes at a time
To avoid being overwhelmed, you can try to build your momentum by working for only 10 minutes a day. This is also ideal for busy people. Once you find more time or get the hang of it, you can work on decluttering for hours at a time.
Have labelled boxes ready
To make decluttering more organized, sort through the things you’re giving up and arrange them into 2 main categories -“to donate” and “to throw”. Have large boxes ready labelled with these categories.
Start with your bedroom then work outwards to the other rooms in the house, to the kitchen, living room then garage. This way, you’ll have a clean room to relax in while working on the rest of the house.
Start with your clothing
Your closet is a good place to start. Give up the clothes you never wear or the ones you haven’t worn in over 6 months.
Take before and after photos
For motivation, take a photo of a room or an area you wish to work on. After you’ve done your magic, take another photo. Compare both photos and see how removing a few things you don’t need can make a whole lot of difference!
You don’t have to do everything yourself! If you live with your family, have them be responsible of decluttering their own rooms. You can work together clearing up common areas. Also, you’ll have a second opinion whether to keep or discard an item!
Have a yard sale
Once you’ve finished decluttering, you’ll probably end up with a whole bunch of stuff. You can donate some or you can do a yard sale and earn money from the things you’ve discarded. Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
Follow these expert tips on how to declutter your home!