Clutter can make our homes look unsightly and contribute to stress. If you feel like you’re swimming in stuff, and your house is packed to the rafters, it’s important to take action. There are some simple ways to declutter and keep your home tidy and organized.
Plan a clear-out
The first job to cross off your list when decluttering is to plan a clear-out. This should involve every room in the house, including attics and basements. Set aside a weekend or a couple of afternoons and work through each room. Create piles of items you want to keep that don’t currently have a home, things you want to sell or donate, and items you want to throw away. Take everything you’d like to donate to thrift stores or charity depots and bag up all the items you want to dispose of. List stuff you want to sell online or host a yard sale. Once you have reached a point where your home is full of items you want to keep, you’re ready to take the next step.
The next task is to improve storage in your home. You can do this by adding hooks, rails and racks to closets, garages and cloakrooms, as well as the back of doors and under stair cupboards. Make the most of wall space if you’re short on floor space and look for furniture that offers storage space, such as TV units and stone coffee tables with drawers and cupboard space, chests for landings and hallways and beds that have storage drawers. Use shelves, racks and containers in closets and pantries and try to keep your possessions organized. If you have sufficient storage and everything has a specific place, this makes tidying up much quicker and easier and it will save you time if you’re looking for something. Take a look at this article for more storage tips https://www.housebeautiful.com/home-remodeling/diy-projects/how-to/g2037/diy-storage-solutions/.
Hire a storage unit
Many of us store items that we don’t really have space for in our homes. If you’ve inherited a dining room table that is taking over the entire kitchen-diner, or you’ve got chests or wardrobes in the loft, for example, it’s an excellent idea to consider hiring a storage unit. Visit sites like findselfstorage.com to get quotes and learn more about storage services and options. If you have a unit, you can store everything you want to display at home safely and securely and free up space. Storage units are ideal for sentimental items that you don’t want to throw away, as well as large pieces of furniture or equipment and tools that you don’t use regularly.
Stick to a tidying schedule
Most of us dread tidying and cleaning our homes when it’s been a long time since we embarked on a spring cleaning or decluttering mission. To save time and effort, stick to a tidying schedule. Take a few minutes at the end of the day to whizz around the living room, bedroom, kitchen and playroom and put everything away. If you tidy every day, you can keep on top of clutter and eliminate the need for large-scale tidying operations.
When you get home after a long day, does your heart sink? Clutter and piles of stuff everywhere can make even the most beautiful home look unkempt and unloved. If you long for a tidy, clutter-free home, take these tips on board today.