Decluttering is one of those tasks that everyone overlooks until it becomes really necessary. There are a lot of reasons why you might want to declutter your house, from moving to a new city or planning a major renovation. You may also want to declutter to focus on fewer things and have peace of mind. Whatever the reason why you might be considering decluttering, here are a few tips to help you be effective:
Set a goal
Before you get started, it is very important that you set a goal. What do you aim to achieve with your decluttering? Are you doing an entire overhaul that would take a while? It is best you start with a goal. That way, you will be able to stay focused and avoid frustration as you go along in the decluttering campaign.
Make a list
It should all begin with making a list. While it might not look like a genius move, it is. The trick is to segment the house and make a list of each area and the likely things you should declutter. Once you are done writing the list of one area, stop! You should execute the decluttering before moving on to the next area. Start with the easiest area you can think of and write out the list of items you will have decluttered, then complete it!
Create a sorting system
If you feel like you are up for it, you could create an alternative sorting system to help you declutter faster. If not, you can use the existing three box method where you have to make a decision as to which box every item ends up in. Label each of the boxes as throw away, give away, or keep (possibly in storage). Each box will represent the overall decision you are making for the items you drop into them. By the time you are done, you will find out that you have significantly much more than you need.
Keep it fun
A tip that works with a lot of people is the 12-12-12 rule. Not only is it practical, it is also fun! The task for decluttering is to simply locate 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate and 12 items to return to their proper place. This is a quick fix to organizing 36 items within the house in a very short period of time. It can become a quick competition and will make the decluttering process even faster.
Think it through
When you have all of the boxes, it is important that you take a while to go over it again. During the second phase, you will find items that will change boxes. Think thoroughly about why you should keep an item in your closet and if you can’t find one, swap the box the item is in.
Whether or not you are looking to declutter to sell your home, to avoid unnecessary cleaning, or avoid unnecessary moving, Storage World is always here to help take the clutter out of your home or give your car back the garage!