Clutter takes over your home. It leaves you feeling helpless swimming in the disorganization of each room. As a family grows, the clutter just gets worse. We have some ways you can get rid of the clutter in your home and get organized.
Some people have so many items, they need a self-storage unit. It’s a great thing because you can come and go from your storage unit and get things you need. You may use it for holiday decor, extra furniture, bins, or whatever you feel. You can fill storage units with anything extra that is taking up room in your home. Many times the garage becomes the place where all of your extras land. Hit the garage, attic, and basement first to find items that would best go in a storage unit.
One Step At a Time
You don’t have to clear out all of the debris in one day. Take a few minutes each day to clear out each room. Throw away the obvious things you are no longer using. Donate things that you see that you never use anymore. You can do a deep clean later. Keeping your home free of clutter will help you enjoy each day a little more. You won’t have to wade through all of the junk to get to the things you really need. If you try to do this in one day, it might overcome you. Take it a few minutes or hours at a time.
Take Everything Out Of Each Space
This is going to sound crazy, but take every item out of each space. You need to know what all you have and realize how much you have that you never use. Start with a blank slate. Once you clear the space, start organizing things into like items. You can sort them into boxes, donate items, or just throw them away. You’ll realize you have a graveyard of old beauty products, blankets that have sat in the top of a closet for years, and decorations that seem like they’re from a really bad magazine. The blank space will only be there for a little bit, but you’ll appreciate it much more when it’s filled with things you use.
Garage Sale Time
A garage sale is one of the best ways to rid of things and make a little money for more. Remember that your trash is another person’s treasure. You may not need three vacuum cleaners, loads of extra clothes, and a few basketballs. Someone else may want these things. After the garage sale, call up your local thrift store and they will usually come and get the leftovers. Go through your house looking at things you rarely use but know would come in handy for others. Don’t try to sell broken things but get rid of things that just are no longer useful, yet taking up space. You may use your treadmill as a place to hang clothes. Someone else would pay you to take that treadmill because they want to run a few miles on it each day. Everyone wins!
Do You Love It?
As you go through your house looking at things to donate, keep or throw away, ask yourself, ” Do you love it?” If you don’t use things in your house, get rid of them. Don’t think you are going to use a random mixer or spiffy dress if it’s been sitting there for five years. If your kids have toys collecting dust, these toys are forgotten. It’s hard to get rid of random things that you think you just might use in a blue moon. The reality is that you probably will never use these things. Just face this reality and get rid of it. Bite the bullet and rid of the things that you don’t love.
Make a To-Do List
You don’t want to get overwhelmed, so start with a to-do list. Make a list of the rooms that most drive you crazy. If you can’t stand your kitchen pantry, then hit it first. If you want to go through the playroom, tackle it. Use your list to figure out the items that are stacking up and the places that drive you bananas. Go for it!