It’s easy to let messes and clutter get tucked away in the corners and closets of your home, but this fall it’s time to clean out and eliminate the fear of opening a closet door.
Here are 5 tips for removing clutter from your home:
When you’re ready to get started, take an empty box and walk through each room in your house. Without giving yourself time to second guess your choice, fill your box with anything you notice you no longer need. This is only the first layer, so focus on visible items, like the stacks on your overstuffed bookshelf.
Set a Timer
Set small deadlines for yourself to help increase your motivation and make the task feel less daunting. Set a timer for 30 minutes and pick a room to start in. When the timer goes off you’re done for the day. Items you’ve packed in boxes are good to go to your favorite thrift store. Everything else can stay until your next power purge.
Make it Fun
Get the whole family involved and make a game or competition out of decluttering. Try coming up with a decluttering task for each week. You can even set small rewards for the people who complete the task. This can be as simple as finding 4 items from each family member to donate and as lofty as cleaning out under the beds (eek!).
Make a List
It’s hard to know how far you’ve come if you don’t know where you’re going. Make a list of all the rooms and closets in your home you need to declutter and cross them off as you go. Making your progress visible helps with motivation. Remember, you don’t need to do them in all in one day. Keeping a list shows you how far you’ve come.
Take it All Out
The best way to tackle a closet or other small space is to take everything out. Taking everything out will forces you look and interact with each item. Sort all the items into a four different piles or boxes: keep, maybe, donate and trash. When you’re done, go through your maybe pile again and decide what stays and what goes. Who knows, you may even change your mind on some keep items as you put them all back. Be sure to take out the trash and donate boxes quickly so those items don’t end up in circulation again.
Once your home is decluttered you’ll want to keep it looking great! Be mindful of purchases you make, buying only what you actually need to keep yourself from generating clutter again.