There’s nothing worse than coming home from a long day at work to a house that’s cluttered and so full of things you can’t relax. With spring just around the corner, there’s really no better time than now to start decluttering your home and making it feel more comfortable. Depending on when the last time you did a clear out was, this task might feel like a slight weekend inconvenience through to something that makes you feel overwhelmed and anxious. No matter how bad your clutter situation is, once you’ve finished decluttering I’m sure the only thing you’d have wished you had done differently was to start earlier. There’s nothing like a home that actually feels like a sanctuary. If you need a little help getting started with your home decluttering project, keep reading to learn more about how to start.
If you have the budget for it, it may be worthwhile bringing in some professionals right from the beginning. If it’s been years or even decades since you last did a clear out, you may find it hard to declutter your home. Many of us have strong emotional attachments to many of our possessions, particularly if they’re something that we’ve inherited from a loved one who is no longer with us. Hiring a professional organizer can be worth their weight in gold as they’ll help you talk through the value that holding onto some of your possessions really has for you while offering some support to cutting down and becoming more organized. Having that external support through the decluttering process can save you a lot of time and emotional turmoil as you work through to see what really provides value for your life. Depending on where you live, you can expect to pay between $30 to $80 per hour for a professional decluttering service to help you with this.
Work One Room at a Time
If you look at your entire house and all the spaces and areas you need to declutter, you may feel so stressed and anxious that you don’t even start. Breaking the task down by room, makes the entire project feel considerably more manageable. I suggest starting with your ‘easiest’ room first, as you’ll start to build up some decluttering momentum which will make it easier to keep going. You’ll also quickly find your threshold for things that need to go, making it faster as you go along to make more decisions about what’s gotta go. Set a timeline for completing the whole house and then break it down into smaller tasks by room. Just as you work one room at a time, you should also focus on one shelf or one drawer at a time. Breaking your home down into manageable bite sized pieces makes it feel much easier to get everything done.
Take Everything Out
While you may opt to leave big furniture items inside the room, taking the smaller things out can be a great way to help you with decluttering as it becomes a conscious choice what you then choose to put back inside. If you instead just organize things in the room without taking them out, in my experience it is less of a conscious choice to keep what you’re keeping. Also taking everything out of its place and having it piled up somewhere makes it easier to see how much stuff you’ve been collecting, which can serve as good motivation to clear more out. This can also serve as a good opportunity to check that everything is in the right rooms of the house.
Invest in Organizers
Having things around your home that help you store and organize your things can help make your clutter much more manageable. There are high clutter areas around your home that can be greatly improved with some good storage tools, such as organizing trays that go in your drawers, small containers, and even more shelving areas in your home. One of the most chaotic areas of my home is my pantry, so I’ve invested in a lot of containers to store and organize things to make it more organized and easier to get what I need.
Toss Out the Trash
Chances are you have tons of loose papers, boxes from things you’ve bought years ago, as well as manuals for items you’ve not seen in years. Many of us have a habit of keeping these things just in case, and it just adds to the overall disorder and clutter in our homes. Do you really need to keep all those boxes for your electronics, just in case you want to sell them one day? Chances are, you probably don’t, so be ruthless about what things you actually need to keep and clear out the rest. If you’d like to keep receipts but don’t want to clutter up your office or home with the paper receipts, why not take photos and store them in a personal finance app to keep everything more streamlined.
Pay Attention to Your Home Office
Your home office is likely a catch all for everything that doesn’t really fit elsewhere in your home. Whether you use your home office to work in or for your children’s homework space, it should be somewhere that’s clutter free so you can relax, focus and be productive. Chances are any old electronics that aren’t properly functioning have ended up finding a home here, as well as loose papers and documents. Try to aim for your desk to be completely clutter free so that you can make the most of the entire working space. Consider what electronics you’re no longer using and clear them out or sell them.
Decluttering your home doesn’t have to feel like a chore and these six tips will help you find a system to quickly work through your mess. When you come home to a clutter free home, you’re going to feel much more comfortable and you’ll find it easier to relax. You can even make some extra money clearing out things you’re no longer using. There’s no better time than now to start clearing out your home.