The idea of living a simplified and more organized life with less clutter and useless things sounds attractive to many of us. Have you ever considered the benefits of owning fewer possessions: less to clean, less to organize, less stress, more time and energy for your greatest passions? You are ready to declutter but you may get quickly tripped up by the next question… where do I begin? You may also begin to feel anxious and defeated around the idea of decluttering your home. But fear not! Here are the golden rules for your decluttering process, that will help you organize your home, get rid of all the clutter and even have some fun.
1. Get Rid of All the Junk
Decluttering your house will never work if you keep holding on to pieces you should be getting rid of. If you fill just one bag and then stop, you will never be free from your clutter. Start with getting rid of every useless item in your home and you’ll accomplish your goal. Set yourself clear goals and then follow them all. Although getting rid of possessions can be a challenging task, remember that you’ll feel better for it in the long run.
2. Be Consistent
When it comes to decluttering your home, consistency is key. Set clear rules for yourself as to what you will keep, sell, donate or bin. Be sure to throw out anything that doesn’t work or is broken. If you want to get it fixed, do it immediately. Don’t let it sit around gathering dust for another year. Also, think about the last time you used an item. If you haven’t used it in the last year, you can get rid of it. We promise you won’t miss it.
3. Stop Buying Useless Things
If you continue buying useless objects, your home will never be free from clutter. Save your time and money, start thinking before you purchase. Ask yourself if the item you’re thinking of buying will really be useful for you. If it doesn’t serve a specific purpose and you are not even sure that you really love it, why bother buying it? Avoid impulsive purchases.
4. Declutter Your Bathroom
Bathrooms are a common place for clutter to accumulate. They are the smallest rooms in the home, yet used by every member of the family multiple times a day. Start organizing your bathroom by going through all your medicines, cosmetics and sunscreens, controlling their expiration date. Besides, be sure to get rid of anything you don’t use or need. Finish by organizing remaining items into categories and storing neatly away in cupboards and drawers, keeping the counter clear.
5. Declutter Your Kitchen
Decluttering your kitchen can make cooking a much simpler task. Just by tidying your cabinets and drawers you can avoid searching through items to find what you need. Be practical and store items where they are used, based on frequency of use. Pots and pans are bulky and take up a decent amount of space. Limit your collection to the ones you frequently use and get rid of those that are worn or damaged. Besides, many of us have an excessive amount of tableware that has been collected over the years. How many plates, bowls, cups, glasses, and utensils you have depends on your lifestyle, but you need to be realistic. Unless you regularly host big dinner parties, it's unlikely you need more than enough to cater for eight people.
6. Declutter Your Closet
Decluttering your closet may feel like the main challenge. Due to fast changing fashion trends, many of us may be guilty of buying and accumulating more clothes than we really need. Therefore, it’s very important to organize and declutter our closet regularly. As a rule, if you haven’t worn a piece of clothing in a year, you can get rid of it. Likewise, if it doesn’t fit or isn’t your style anymore, you can sell it or give it to your friend who may like it.