Feeling a bit overwhelmed by all that “stuff” in your home? Trust me, I’ve been there. It’s easy for clutter to accumulate, but the good news is that you can take control and clear it out!
In this article, we’ll cover some simple and effective ways to clean up your house when you’re feeling completely overwhelmed by clutter. Because let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than feeling like your own home is closing in on you.
So put on some comfy clothes, grab a snack (preferably something that won’t leave crumbs everywhere), and let’s dive in!
Alrighty then, first things first – let’s create a plan of attack! The key here is to start small and work your way up. Don’t try to tackle your entire house in one day – that’s a recipe for burnout and a headache.
Focus on one room or area at a time
Think about which area is causing you the most stress and start there. Maybe it’s the kitchen, maybe it’s your closet – you know your home better than anyone else. Start with the area that will give you the biggest sense of relief once it’s decluttered.
Break down tasks into manageable steps
Decluttering an entire room can seem like an insurmountable task, but breaking it down into smaller steps can make it much more manageable. For example, start with the drawers, then the closet, then the shelves.
Set realistic goals
Determine how much time you can realistically devote to decluttering each day or week
Don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to devote 8 hours to decluttering on a Saturday. Be honest with yourself about how much time you can realistically devote to decluttering each day or week.
Decide what you want to accomplish in that time frame
Once you’ve determined how much time you can devote, decide what you want to accomplish in that time frame. Maybe it’s decluttering one shelf or filling up one trash bag.
Remember, slow and steady wins the race. By starting small and setting realistic goals, you’ll be much more likely to stick with it and actually make progress. So let’s get to it!
Now that you’ve got your plan of attack in place, it’s time to start getting rid of all those unnecessary items taking up space in your home.
Separate items into piles: keep, donate/sell, discard
As you sort through your belongings, separate them into three piles: keep, donate/sell, and discard. Items that you use regularly or have significant sentimental value should be kept. Anything that’s still in good condition but no longer serves a purpose for you can be donated or sold. And anything that’s broken, damaged beyond repair, or just plain useless should be discarded.
Dispose of items responsibly
Once you’ve sorted everything into piles, it’s time to dispose of them properly. Don’t just throw everything into the trash – think about the environment and your community. Consider donating items to charity, selling them online or in a consignment shop, or even recycling or repurposing them. Whatever you do, make sure you dispose of items responsibly.
Dust and vacuum
Start by giving your space a good cleaning. Dust all surfaces and vacuum or sweep the floors. This will not only make your space look better but it will also make it easier to organize everything.
Organize remaining items
Find proper storage containers
For items that don’t have a proper place, find the right storage containers. Use clear containers to easily identify what’s inside, and consider using stackable containers to maximize space.
Use labels or color coding to stay organized
To keep things organized, use labels or color coding. This will help you quickly find what you need and keep everything in its proper place.
Consider rearranging furniture to maximize space
Finally, consider rearranging your furniture to maximize your space. Sometimes just moving a piece of furniture can make a big difference in the feel of a room. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try different layouts.
With a little bit of cleaning and organization, your space will feel fresh and new again. And with your new plan of attack, you’ll be able to keep it that way!
Now that your space is clean and organized, it’s important to establish new habits to keep it that way.
Make a commitment to keep the space clean and clutter-free
First and foremost, make a commitment to yourself to keep your space clean and clutter-free. This may mean setting some ground rules for yourself or establishing boundaries with others who share your space.
Establish a cleaning routine
One of the best ways to keep your space clean is to establish a cleaning routine. This could be as simple as spending 10-15 minutes each day tidying up, or setting aside a specific time each week for a deeper clean.
Be mindful of what you bring into your home
Be mindful of what you bring into your home. Before making a purchase, ask yourself if it’s something you really need or if it will just add to the clutter.
Congratulations on taking the first step towards a clutter-free home! Remember to take it one step at a time and be patient with yourself. Establishing new habits takes time, but it’s worth it in the end.
To recap, the process includes creating a plan of attack, getting rid of unnecessary items, cleaning and organizing, and establishing new habits.
Remember, the key to success is taking it one step at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to do too much too soon. Instead, focus on making small, sustainable changes over time.