We’ve all heard of spring cleaning and that’s normally a time when we feel energized and motivated to get things organized around our home. Well, we say “declutter away any time of the year!”
Here are 5 decluttering tips to help you get started today!
1- Pick a Room, Any Room
Never underestimate the power of stuff overwhelming you. Don’t try to get your entire house decluttered at once. Pick a room to start with and make that room an easier one, maybe one with things you already have in boxes so you don’t get discouraged. If a room is too large of a task, stick to a closet or bookshelf. Make sure you’re setting yourself up to complete this task.
If you can get one spot in your home organized in a day or even one weekend, you’re right on track.
2- Time is Money
You don’t want to burn yourself out so decide what amount of time works best for your schedule; maybe one or two hours, maybe it’s only 45 minutes. No matter what time span you give yourself, be sure to set an alarm and stop when you hear it. I recommend setting an alarm 10 minutes before your finish time so you can put things aside (and they’re not in the way) for when you return to the task if you didn’t get a chance to finish.
Make it a priority to get back to that space if you didn’t finish. Set another day aside and really pick things back up.
3- Let it Go!
Be ready to get emotional. Some of the things you’re going to find will most likely have some memories attached to them. It’s okay to take a moment to reminisce and laugh or cry but remember this tip: if you haven’t used it or thought about it in a year, it’s time to let it go.
This comes in handy when you’re looking through your wardrobe which is a great place to start the decluttering process according to Mayer Dahan, the CEO of Prime Five Homes.
Dahan says that your clothes leave ‘no room for nostalgia’ when you’re cleaning house.
“Be judgmental and make a rule that if you haven’t worn something in the last three months, it’s going,” says Dahan.
She adds that after minimizing the amount of clothing you have, it’s a great time to re-organize the space.
“Coordinate it into types of garments and/or colors. Folding clothes and having them nicely placed in drawers is also a great way to avoid an overflowing wardrobe,” says Dahan.
4- Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Once you’ve decided what things need to go, box them up. If you get things put away, it’ll be easier to stay on task and this will also help you when it comes time to donate or maybe even have a garage sale!
If you’re keeping some things, do the same.
“Instead of having paperwork lying all over the kitchen counter or work desk, have a nice box to store them in. These can also be used for photographs, kids toys, shoes, and throw blankets,” says Dahan.
5- Treat Yourself!
This is one of my favorite tips. When you’re able to do what you set yourself to do, it’s a big accomplishment. So tell yourself that when you finish this task, you will enjoy a well-deserved piece of cake or other goodie. Choose a ‘prize’ that will help motivate you to keep going and allow you to feel good about what you just did.