Clutter kills… the space in your home, but tackling the clutter can be an overwhelming task. It’s basically impossible to know where to start, and since it all needs cleaned, it’s going to take a long time.
Instead of drowning in old clothes and useless trinkets you won’t use ever again, there are things you can do to get them out of your house or out of sight. Since they say your mind is only as clean as your home, it’s probably time to tidy up your home for your health.
So where do you start? To figure that out, we are going to look at 4 ways to declutter your home. We’ll show you how to get it done from start to finish in 4 simple steps.
1 Plan to Purge a Room a Week
It’s going to be a process, so don’t expect to tackle your entire declutter in one day. It’s not going to happen unless you have a ton of people, or a 1 bedroom home. Instead, figure out an order of importance when it comes to your cleaning. Start with the most important and work your way down. This way, should life happen, the most important areas will be complete while the others get easier to put on the back burner, but don’t put them off forever!
Don’t run yourself dry either. We suggested one room a week because it allows you to complete the project at a reasonable pace without breaking your back. Even doing a declutter in one room each day can be a tiring process, so do yourself a favor and spread it out. This will also let you give each room the full detail clean it deserves.
Try to find everything you don’t use, and put it into bins for safe storage. You want the items to stay safe in storage, and plastic bins are a cheap and effective method of doing just that.
If you are planning to sell the items, you should place them in a designated area.
2 Host a Yard Sale
Now that you have your items separated, it’s time to get rid of the unwanted items. You can always post ads online for the items, but nothing really beats a good old fashioned garage sale. People love yard sales. I almost promise it’s human nature. Either way, a simple yard sale sign will net you tons of potential to sell your items to the passing strangers.
They say they are just looking, but they are just looking to buy!
On a more serious note, if you are left over with tons of items after your yard sale, you can either add them to the storage or donate them. Places like Goodwill and The Salvation Army will take just about anything, as long as it’s in useable condition. Clothes, toys, TVs, and other similar items are great profit makers for those helpful community stores, so don’t hesitate to pass on your items to them!
3 See Where You Can Consolidate
So you have your items all together, and the majority of your home decluttered. That’s great! You’re basically in the home stretch, but to finish your challenge, you have to find somewhere to store all of the leftover items.
Before you start stressing over the fact that it won’t all fit where you are putting it, start to consolidate where you can. If you have two half full bins, make them one full bin. If you find stuff you wanted to keep in the moment, but now you just don’t care, send them off to donations.
Whatever you have to do to make more of your stuff fit into a smaller area, do it. Just make sure you are still paying special attention to your glassware and valuables, so you don’t end up breaking your family heirlooms during your decluttering.
Once it’s as small as it goes, it’s time to find a location to keep it.
4 Build a Garage or Shed
If you organize everything perfectly, leaving zero gaps between the boxes and stacking them to the ceiling, there is still a chance that everything won’t fit.
If it’s not all going to fit in the attic, where are you going to put it
This is where you might want to think about building a garage or shed in the backyard for extra storage. We’re not talking your rinky dink 2×4 shed in the back, we’re talking about the high quality garage structures. There are some inexpensive garage kits that make great storage facilities for your belongings, even in harsh winters.
This is also a great way to build value for your home, and even if you aren’t looking to sell right now, that’s a great thing for the future.
It’s going to take a bit of planning, timing and hard work to declutter your home, but you can do it. All you have to do is take your time and focus on the goal.
How do you go about decluttering your home? Do you have any handy tricks to speed up the decluttering process? Maybe you have some special tips for keeping your valuables safe? No matter how you can help, share it with us in the comments below.