Taking Back Your Home is a new series I’ve started this month. This is the time of year where people want to make a fresh start and often that includes organizing their surroundings. You can organize and clean all your want, but if you have lots of clutter, all the cleaning and organizing in the world will be futile. That’s why I mentioned in Where To Start, that after your goals are listed and you know where you want to begin, a thorough decluttering needs to take place first.
“Owning less is better than organizing more.” ~Joshua Becker
Some people have a hard time getting rid of the stuff they own that to even think of beginning to declutter is almost overwhelming. To get the process going, pick an area where you think you might want to start or you feel needs the most help. Getting rid of clutter is about getting rid of things that are no longer meaningful to you and your life and are just taking up space. This is the key to keeping a more simplified life.
6 Foolproof Tips To Declutter
1. Divide and Conquer
Start by dividing everything you handle into one of the following:
- Keep in the same room
- Move to another room
- Donate or Give Away
- Not Sure
You can use smaller ways of separating, but this will cover everything. I’ll be going into ways to sell and donate in another post. Not Sure will work only if you do the following: If you really aren’t sure, put those items into a box, seal the box and put a date on it. Then put the box somewhere where you won’t see it on a daily or weekly basis. If you haven’t had to get back into this box within a year, donate it without opening it.
2. Get Your Motivation Going
Start in an area or room that bothers you the most. So you won’t get too overwhelmed, use a timer and set it for 15-30 minutes. Don’t try doing the entire room or area all at once. You could lose interest and not want to go onto other areas of your house.
To get your momentum going, start with surface items or things out in the open. Only after you’re on a roll, you can start in the harder areas or the dreaded collection of papers, magazines and catalogs.
3. Declutter These No-Brainers Right Away
- Anything that’s broken
- Clothing you no longer like
- Clothing that is uncomfortable to wear
- Decorative items you no longer like or are out of style
- Gifts you received that you never liked
- Old costumes or bridesmaid dresses
- Tangled or discolored jewelry
4. Going Down Memory Lane
Pack your sentimental items for each child and write them a note, just as Joanna Gaines did above.
If it’s a family heirloom, but you don’t like it; or another sentimental item that is taking up a lot of space and it’s something you feel comfortable in letting it go, take a photo of it.
5. Ask Yourself These Questions
- If I were shopping now, would I buy this again?
- If it doesn’t fit, if it’s outdated, if it’s broken, would you buy it as it is?
- Is it worth the price to get it fixed?
- Do I have something else that will do the same thing?
- Did I use this in the past year?
- Will I use this in the coming year?
- If you think you might need it one day, remember that replacing it (should you need to), is easier than having it take up all the space its taking up.
Go through a little at a time, beginning at 15-30 minutes intervals and increase the time, only if you want to. When you finish one room or one major area, reward yourself
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