A well-organized and decluttered space can boost your productivity levels, reduce debt and stress, combat allergies and asthma, and give less to clean and organize. However, decluttering your home can be overwhelming, stressful, and time-consuming, and most people end up putting off the project. If your house is overrun with junk and you are struggling to declutter, here are six tips to help you get started.
Before you start, it is prudent to determine what you want to achieve with your decluttering project first. Do you want to declutter the entire residence or specific rooms? How long do you want the decluttering project to take? Walk through your home and identify the areas you want to organize. Next, determine the severity of the mess in the areas you want to declutter. You should then set the completion date. Ensure the timeline is attainable, realistic, and aligns with your daily routine. Determining your goals and timeline can minimize roadblocks and frustrations, regardless of the junk.
Ask for help
Decluttering your home involves removing some household items you are attached to, which can be difficult. You may also lack time to organize, especially if you have a busy schedule or simply do not like organizing. If so, you should find a professional organizer to help you stop clutter in its tracks. A professional organizer has the relevant skills and training to help you create order in different aspects of your life. They can help with money management and bills, create and organize shopping lists, and develop strategies to enable you to deal with clutter in your residential home.
Implement the 90/90 rule
If you struggle to decide what items to keep or eliminate, consider using the Minimalists’ 90/90 rule. Look through your possession, and ask yourself whether you have used an item in the last 90 days and if you intend to use it in the next 90. If the answer to both questions is no, you should consider throwing it away. However, it is worth noting that the period (90 days) is flexible, and you could modify it. You could adjust to a shorter or longer time frame depending on your lifestyle and needs. In any case, the rule is designed to help you hold on to what is absolutely necessary.
Use the one-in-one-out rule
No matter how naturally clean and tidy you are or how often you declutter your space, the junk will often find its way back into your home. To maintain a well-organized, decluttered space, follow the one-in-one-out strategy. This rule requires you to throw away or donate one item for every new purchase, enabling you to prevent clutter from amassing.
Avoid using your home as a storage unit
Do not eliminate unwanted items from your rooms, then throw them into your storage spaces, including the attic, closet, or basement. Eventually, these items will amass in your storage unit and become clutter. Consider getting rid of the items you do not need through donating, recycling, or holding a yard sale.
Creating an organized space is the first step to improving your overall wellness, career, and relationships. Implement the above strategies to declutter your home to create a neat space you will be happy to host and entertain guests.