It doesn’t take long for clutter to start adding up in your home, before you know it, it has become overwhelming and the task is a lot bigger than just picking up some clothes. Decluttering is a big task and like any big task it is easier if you break it down into smaller and more manageable steps. Decluttering your home doesn’t have to overwhelm you, make a plan and stick to it. If you’re wondering how to declutter your home here are some steps you can take to make your job a lot easier.
Start with the End in Mind
How do you want your home to look when you are done? Make a clear picture in your mind of exactly what your home to look like. The clearer the picture you have in your mind the more likely you are to achieve it. Most people fail in decluttering their home because they have no idea where the end is or what it looks like. Write things down if it makes it easier for you.
This is probably the longest and most important step and it deserves your full attention. You can tackle this part of decluttering your home one room at a time. Which ever room you start in, make three separate piles, things you want to throw away, things you want to donate and things that need to be put away. You will know exactly what you have and where it should go. When it comes to clothes, kitchen appliances or anything else for that matter, if you haven’t used something in a year then you don’t need it.
Take Away the Trash and Donations Piles
Don’t wait on this step or you will be back to square one before you know it. Start by taking the trash out and putting it in the bin. It will clear out part of the clutter immediately. No waiting until you’re on your way to work or heading out, take the trash out NOW. Next take your donation pile, pack it in your car and drive it over to Goodwill or your local church charity right away. Again don’t wait or it will still be sitting there a month from now.
Start Putting Things Away
It is now time to start putting things where they go. If you made notes in the first step you may want to refer to them. You will come across things that don’t belong in this room, take those out first and put them away in the appropriate room where they go. Get storage bins if you need to so that everything is well organized.
Move onto the Next Room
That is one room down now it is time to move onto the next room and keep going. Follow the same steps as the last room. Bear in mind you don’t have to do everything in a day. Start with one room each weekend or one room a day, whatever makes your life easier.
If you take your time in between rooms don’t let clutter build back up in the room you just cleaned.
There is nothing like coming home to a clean and tidy home. Follow these steps and work your way through each and every room and before you know it the chaos will be gone. When you are finished, give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy the space that you have created. Clutter can get away from you pretty quickly so to avoid having to declutter like this again set yourself a schedule for a maintenance clean to stay on top of things. Prevention is far easier than spending the time decluttering.