With the rise of affordable everything, many of us face the problem of just plain having too much junk cluttering up the house. Many of us will struggle with the idea of “maybe I’ll use this one day,” but that day almost never truly comes. If you take the time to properly declutter, you home can truly be a sanctuary instead of a chore to constantly keep tidy. Here are some surefire ways to make that happen.
Set Aside Time
One of the best ways to start getting your decluttering done ASAP is to dedicate a set amount of time every day to do it. It doesn’t have to be a long time, you can start with just 5 minutes a day, keep it that way, or build up to 30 minutes a day. If you set a timer, this can help you stay focused. Make your plan realistic so you can get it done no matter what.
Choose The Critical Spots
Unless you want to spend a few days decluttering your entire house all at once, choose 4-5 top priority areas to focus on that you want to start with. From that, if you want to ease into the process, start with one of them and slowly build your way up to tackling more areas. If you make a plan and categorize your priorities, you’re more likely to stick to your plan and actually make a difference in the clutter of your home.
Take Before & After Photos
There is truly nothing more satisfying than seeing the results of your hard work. If you are taking the time to declutter an area, you should snap a photo before you start so that when you are finished, you can take a photo of your after and then compare them side by side. The satisfied feeling you’ll get will keep your motivated and push you to declutter more areas of your house.
Get The Donation Bags Ready
A great way to eliminate things you never use is to donate them. You can categorize the things you’re getting rid of by setting up a donation bag and also a recycle bag as well as a toss bag. If something is really useless and not salvageable, you can throw it out. However, you should try to donate or recycle as many things as you can in order to avoid excess waste. A pitfall you should avoid is having a “maybe” pile, since this usually ends up as your second wave of clutter.
Will You Actually Sell It?
Another common issue that you can run into is deciding that you want to sell your second hand items. This is totally understandable, but there’s a caveat here. If it is a large item that is likely to sell quickly, it’s one thing. However, smaller items that will require a lot more work to sell should be reconsidered. Many people end up with bags of things they will “sell eventually” when they get around to it, but it ends up sitting in their closet for months or even a year. Try to fully assess the situation before you find yourself keeping things to sell.