Create a Decluttered Life in 2012
2012 is here and it is time to de-junk your home for a fresh start. We tend to collect a lot of unnecessary things through the years and it rarely catches our attention. I am guilty of this myself, especially with clothing that I rarely wear. True I do love to save clothing and recycle it into hot new items, but there comes a time to say goodbye. Apart from hoarding clothing, we also tend to collect decorations, books, DVDs, and more. Below I am going to highlight some space saving ideas for you to try out.
Sock Drawer Madness
First I have got to point out one of my biggest problems which would be the messy sock drawer. While it may not be visible to visitors entering your home, it is still a mass of clutter that you can do without. Sock drawer organizers are the perfect remedy to this problem. They are actually quite cheap at around $5.00-$8.00 at various online stores. They vary in size so that they can fit specifically to your needs. This is a great way to get rid of some chaos in your life so you don’t feel overwhelmed each time you open that drawer.
Small Room Distress
As a recent college graduate I have had my fair share of small dorm rooms. Whether your room is a single or a double being in such a small space can be daunting. Yet, don’t distress because there are many ways that you can keep your space manageable. Make sure that you keep things in their place. For example, don’t throw all of you dirty clothes on the floor or leave dirty plates lying around. While daily life can be busy you do not want to bring clutter into such a small space.
I have been there and I know how it can pile up before you know it. Not only is it just messy it can also be distracting you from important tasks you need to complete. I suggest that you take a clean sweep of your room. If you are not going to need an object in the coming months put it away in storage. If you have some decorations out remember that less is more. You can always rotate your decorations. There is no need to have everything out at once. Invest in some storage containers that you can slide under your bed. These are perfect for a small room, because it isn’t sitting out taking up space. The other big bonus is that you do not have to see it them.
Messy closet? There are plenty of over the door storage hangers you can go to organize your closet. These are cheap and some even come scented to keep your clothing and shoes fresh. Febreeze makes a wide selection of these. If you are desperate for space in a closet you can get some collapsible hangers that hang more than one clothing item on a given hanger. They are quite awesome so I’ll include a photo below. You can get these on amazon for around $5.00 -$8.00.
Family Room Mayhem
Shared spaces are also very susceptible to becoming a hot mess. Family rooms typically have toys, games, video games, exercise equipment, decorations, collectibles and much more. When it comes to de-cluttering big spaces or even small ones I suggest you do a little each day. Take 15-20 minutes to remove clutter from one surface/shelf. Once that is finished step back and realize how good it feels. Then you can do another surface the next day. Before you know it you will have an entire room done. That way you are not left with an overwhelming amount to do at once.
Small steps not your thing? No problem. In that case I recommend that you set aside a day where you have a few hours to spare. Step back and take a good look at the room. Pin point what you do not need. You can really gain perspective if you look at photos of zen rooms online or anything on HGTV. Grab four boxes or garbage bags and start picking out what to give away/sell, what needs to be put into storage, a maybe box, and a trash box. Once the boxes are filled, step back and look at your victory.
One method I usually take is when I tackle a drawer or a closet I take everything out at once. Then I organize it into piles for example, clothes pile, office supplies pile, décor pile, and so on. After I do the four box method I grab the storage containers and label then so I know where to find the items I keep later. I also have a three drawer container in my small closet to organize my craft supplies. I really recommend one of these if you have a small closet, because they fit perfectly.
Now I know that throwing things out can seem a bit heartless, but sometimes you have just got to be. The truth is most of the stuff we accumulate over the years are things we will never use. So all those old Christmas cards, stuffed animals, or strange Christmas gifts just have to go. If you are really unsure about some items then perhaps create a “maybe” to make the transition easier.
After you have gotten rid of all the clutter in a given room, it can be difficult to maintain it. This is usually due to habits we acquire over time. However, do not fret, because breaking a habit takes time. The best way to maintain your clutter-free life is to actually schedule time to de-clutter. If you just set aside 15 minutes a day or even an hour a week you can maintain this lifestyle. I promise you that you will feel much more relaxed. Clutter is overwhelming, and can make you not even want to be in a room. Once you have tackled your clutter problem you will feel like a weight is lifted off of your shoulders.