De-clutter Your Home with These 3 Easy Steps


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De-cluttering and reorganizing your entire home is a lot more difficult than it sounds. Take a look at our 3 tips that will set you up for success for bringing more order to your space.

1. Prevent the Stress Before it Starts

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More often than not, when you embark on a cleaning spree whether it be for the New Year, the beginning of a season (Spring Cleaning!) or you have simply decided to turn over a new leaf, you lose motivation along the way and end up getting too stressed out, to the point where you abandon the idea all together for the “maybe next week” that never seems to come. So if stress is the main culprit that leads to the failure of so many organization projects, how can it be avoided?

Be Realistic

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Too often, unrealistic goals are set when a homeowner makes the decision to de-clutter and reorganize.

“Have the entire house organized by the end of the week? No problem.”

Wrong. Holding yourself accountable to such tight deadlines when you more than likely have other obligations on top of them is a big mistake. You will feel rushed, stressed and just grumpy overall, leading you to abandon ship and maybe even leave your house in a state worse than it was to begin with. To avoid this conundrum, set realistic goals that don’t ask too much of you, such as organizing one room a week – dedicate each day in the week to organizing a specific portion of a room, rather than attempting to accomplish one room a day. When you focus in on one portion of a room rather than looking at the big picture, accomplishing it doesn’t seem as difficult to you, lessening the chances of you getting overwhelmed. On top of reducing the chances of stress, you really get to pay close attention to each aspect of the room you’re working on and make sure it’s perfect for what you want, rather than thinking it’s “good enough” and hurriedly moving on in order to make an unrealistic deadline.

Set 2 Goal Dates

in the event something comes up and you are unable to finish when you thought you would, we like to call them Goal 1 and Goal 2. Something unexpected came up making you unable to organize that day so you won’t be done by Friday? No problem, look to your Goal 2 of having it done by next Wednesday. By doing this, you avoid the stress associated with not accomplishing something in a timely manner like you promised yourself and you have another structured goal to fall back on and will not get discouraged.

2. Keep, Throw Away

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The ‘Throw Away‘ ‘Keep‘ piles are the oldest tricks in the book when it comes to the first steps of eliminating clutter from your home and there’s a reason for that – it actually works. To have them actually be effective for you however, you need to know how to utilize the method.

Throw Away

This can be the most difficult part of the de-cluttering process for some of us. Whether it be clothes, trinkets, or things we just simply don’t need, sometimes it can be a little hard to let certain things go if they hold memories or you are under the false impression that you need it.ClutteredCloset

When going through clothes, ask yourself the last time you wore that piece, or for what occasion would you need to wear it. If you haven’t worn it in the past year, toss it in the bin – you probably won’t wear it again and won’t it won’t be missed. If you’re on the fence with throwing something away, look to your other clothes and see if you have something similar, and ask yourself if you really need that plain green top when you already have it in blue. A good rule of thumb to have is that all of your clothes should fit comfortably in your closet and dresser drawers. If you find yourself stuffing your closet rack or having a difficult time closing your dresser drawers, chances are you can afford to lose a few pieces of clothing. Consider having a reward system – for every 10 pieces of clothes you get rid of, go clothes shopping and buy yourself 1 top and 1 bottom.

With knick-knacks and other items that you do not really need, try setting limits for yourself. Get a box, however large or small and tell yourself that once that box is filled to the brim, everything else you have to get rid of. The main offenders tend to be reading materials like magazines, newspapers ect. And an excess of cookware like pots, pans and dishes. If there is something you have large quantities of but you definitely need, then you will have to effectively organize them (we’ll get to that later).

Keep

If you see something you want to keep, instead of removing it from where it is and creating an additional pile to add to the overwhelming clutter, simply leave it there. If you’re keeping it, there is no rush and you can go back and organize it later. In the early stages of de-cluttering your home, what you are choosing to keep should not be your priority. In the event you do put it in a pile, if you end up not finishing up by the time you planned,  you will have an unnecessary pile of things that you aren’t on throwing away in your house adding to the disarray, or you will just stuff the pile somewhere out of the way until you can tend to it. So in short, if you plan to keep it, leave it (for now).

Another option is to donate your items to a local thrift store or Good Will – the key is to actually donate them and not just let them sit in garbage bags. Consider having a helper who will take your items to donate them as soon as you have them separated so you don’t risk having them remain in your home.

 

3. Proper Placement

Now that you’ve said your goodbyes to the clutter that you have either tossed to the trash or kindly donated, it’s time to focus on everything you decided to keep. We know that you first instinct is to take a stroll through The Container Store looking at the glossy organizers in awe and filling your shopping cart to the brim, but not quite yet. First you need to put everything you have in order where it needs to be, a ton of nifty organization containers can be pretty useless if the space you bring them into isn’t somewhat organized first –  think of it as Pre-Organization.Are your pajamas mixed with your denim shorts in your dresser? Fold them up nicely and dedicate an entire drawer to them. Have a ton of reading material randomly strewn about throughout your house? Find a place for them; maybe put your magazines under your coffee table, cookbooks in a cozy corner on your kitchen counter top and novels on top of your desk.

Now that you have done this, you will be a lot less overwhelmed transitioning your items into organizing containers, and you will have a better idea of what items need a special organizer, and what items simply just needed to be neatly placed. Feel free to stop here and really fine tune where you want everything to go, or continue on and purchase containers to help you further organize and de-clutter your home: bins, baskets and shelves galore. Each house is unique so it’s up to you to figure out what exactly you need. Enlist the help of a specialist by stopping by a nearby Target or The Container Store and asking an employee for help and explain what you’re specifically looking for.

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