Declutter Your Home In A Flash
Now is the perfect time to declutter your home. The advent of Spring prompts me to purge my clutter just as New Year’s Day prompts me to check and change the batteries in my smoke detector. I like the feeling of having an organized clutter free house for the new season. Some studies have linked clutter to stress and depression.
Decluttering your home can seem like a daunting task and it is so easy to procrastinate and put it off. However, I found that if I took the following steps it made my work a lot easier.
Take Inventory - Walk around the house and decide what you plan to store, file, throw out, give away etc. This will give you an idea early on of the size of the effort. It will also allow you to gather the necessary items needed to help you complete your task like boxes, file folders or a shredder.
Divide the Clutter Clean Up into Zones - It is helpful to determine which rooms or areas of the house you’d like to begin and end with. For example, your plan could be to start in the kitchen, then your home office, then the garage. I find having a plan of attack helps me to remain focused, less likely to procrastinate and less stressed.
Devise a Timeline – Decide what you’d like to accomplish and set milestones. For example, map out what you’d like to have done within a certain period of time. It is best to break your decluttering efforts up over days or multiple weekend so it will feel less cumbersome. As you complete a milestone cross it off your list. This allows you to see the progress you are making.
Enlist Helpers – If ever there was a time when “the more the merrier” rang true. If you can get others to help you, this will take some of the stress off of you. Taking the three previous steps in advance of the declutter can be especially helpful when others are working with you. It will ensure everyone is on the same page. Also, the more organized you are the quicker you will finish.
Be Willing To Purge – It is often difficult to part with our possessions. We hold on to things hoping one day we’ll be able to fit them again or something will come back in style or we’re saving an article in a magazine. The problem is we’ve been holding on to these things forever. My rule of thumb – if I haven’t worn it, read it or referenced it in the last year it goes.
Give to Charity - Giving things to charity is a good way to help you purge because you know you are fulfilling a need in someone else’s life. That old coat that’s been in your closet unworn for the last ten years could be keeping someone warm who can’t afford one. This motivates me to give away things I’m reluctant to.
Know All Options To Remove Clutter – Familiarize yourself with the junk hauling companies in your area. For a reasonable fee they will come out and remove old furniture, equipment and junk you can’t give away. Knowing that these items have a place to go can also relieve stress and help with procrastination. If you have documents containing personal information and it is too burdensome to shred them on your own, you can call a document shredding company who will come to your house and perform the shred with the equipment on their trucks.
Spring is a time of renewal. Hopefully, having an organized clutter free home will help renew your spirit and make your home a more comfortable welcoming place.