If you know that clutter is taking up too much space in your home, you have taken the biggest step. Yes, admitting any problem is the most difficult part of solving the problem. But now that you know clutter is a major issue, what next? Well, I am here to help you answer that question. Knowing what to keep and what to toss can be tricky. After all, you never know when you might need some of those things you are holding on to. And if you’re being honest, you know that it can be downright hard to let go of some things. I am right there with you, my friend. I have had to go through the same frustrations myself. So to help you overcome this problem, I have put together some tips. Getting rid of clutter can be easy! Just take it one step at a time, and before you know it, your home will be clutter free.
So my advice is to just pick a room and start working. If you find there is too much in a space to let go of, pick another place and come back later. I started in my bathroom cabinets. Let me tell you, I had more personal care products than I knew what to do with. Why I actually kept 15 bottles of lotion and 12 different brands of hair gel, who knows… but they were filling the cabinets, and I could find other ways to use that space. So I purged. But I started there because I knew it would be the easiest. I had no emotional attachment to a can of hair spray that I never used or a bottle of perfume from ten years ago.
The first thing you need to do is visualize what you want the space to look like. Obviously you want it free of clutter, but what does that really look like to you? If clutter has overtaken your life, you may not know what your living room looks like without piles of magazines and newspapers or extra furniture that you don’t need. Visualize it. Think about what you want to see when you walk in that room. Keep this vision in mind, and make it your goal. For my bathroom cabinets, I wanted to be able to open them and actually see what’s inside, and I wanted to use the space to keep bath towels and wash cloths. Before decluttering, I only saw piles of stuff.
Do you actually use the item? This is the biggest question to ask yourself. If a bottle of lotion had been in my bathroom cabinet for more than a year and I hadn’t used it, I threw it away. It was obvious that I would never use it, so why keep it? This question is really helpful in the kitchen. Do you actually use all three of those crock pots? Pick which one is your favorite and donate the rest. Some kitchen gadgets are simply not necessary, so determine which ones you use and which ones you don’t, then donate the rest. Clothing is another thing that can be difficult to purge. If you haven’t worn an item in a year, then you probably won’t, so donate it. If clothing is out of season, pack it up for next season when you will need it. This will also help your closet look a lot more organized, and you will spend much less time looking for something to wear every day.
Getting rid of the clutter in your home will help you have a more simple life, and can bring you more peace. It will be easier to clean your home, you will have less stress, and you will find that you have more space than you thought. And believe it or not, you will find that you have more time on your hands. It doesn’t have to be as difficult as you may think, so start today. Take your time, and before you know it, you will see your home become the haven you have always wanted.