Are you tired of being caved in with clutter? If so, it is time to start clearing it away! Clearing away clutter can be a daunting process and can be quite overwhelming, but don’t let that stop you. Take a look below at 12 ways to reduce clutter in your home and regain your space back. While it takes a little work, in the end you will be so glad you did!
12 Ways to Reduce Clutter in your Home
1. Stop buying.
Go on a spending freeze during the decluttering process. This will keep new items from coming into the home and taking up space.
2. Create sorting spaces.
Create three sorting spaces to start dividing items into. You should have a keep, donate, and trash pile. Everything you sort through should find a home in one of these piles.
3. Tackle one room at a time.
Before you start sorting into these designated spaces, decide which room you wish to tackle first. By tackling one room at a time you can keep yourself from being overwhelmed and get one job done at a time.
4. Start sorting.
As you tackle each room, start sorting! Each item you touch should go into one of the three piles. Don’t set anything aside for a decision later, as all decisions should be made (and stuck to!) at this time.
5. Empty all spaces.
Don’t just brush over the clutter, but actually empty out all drawers and closets. This is the best way to see what it is that you have in your home and how much of it you actually use and need.
6. Use the three month rule.
If you haven’t worn/used something in the last three months, it is time to donate to someone who can use it. Use the three month rule when making tough decisions on the items you are sorting.
7. Forget about fixing items.
Don’t hang onto items claiming you will fix them or repurpose them. If you haven’t done it yet, chances are you won’t. Instead, donate the items or send them to the trash.
8. Remove all donated items.
Don’t wait to unload your donated items. Instead, take them immediately to the thrift shop or donation center. You will be amazed at how good it feels!
9. Reconsider the purpose of items.
Now that your space is clean and clear, reconsider the purpose of items you bring into your home. Unless something is practical and has purpose, avoid bringing it into your space.
10. Utilize labels.
Buy peel and stick or chalkboard labels so you can keep items organized. They are perfect for helping small items stay in their place.
11. Get the whole family on board.
Let the entire family in on the action. Teach them good habits so they tend to the clutter they have and avoid bringing new clutter into the space.
12. Find new ways to reward yourself.
Typically you may have bought yourself something as a reward, but now that you are avoiding stuff and clutter, find new ways to reward yourself. Perhaps an afternoon movie or lunch would be enjoyable?
Are you ready to get organized and free yourself from the clutter? If so, give these ways to reduce clutter in your home a try!