There are plenty of good reasons to declutter the home. You might want to make it a lot easier to tidy without all of that stuff lying around. You might want to go for a more minimalist style. Perhaps you’re simply sick of looking at some of the things you have lying around. Whatever the case, here are a few tips on how to downsize your belongings and get rid of the clutter.
Start with one room at a time
Divide and conquer should be the name of the game here. Rather than bouncing from place to place, start with one room and start with one particular section or area of the room. Focus on sorting items into those that can stay, those that should be put elsewhere, and those that you can get rid of. Don’t move on to the next until you’ve made a decision.
You should have an idea of what you’re going to do with each item that you determine to be “clutter.” There are a lot of different options, you can donate, you can sell, you can offer to give to friends or, when push comes to shove, you can simply throw them out. It’s always a good idea to try to find somewhere to recycle your unwanted goods, however.
Know that you don’t have to get rid of everything immediately
You might not be able to come to a decision immediately about each and every item that you own. For that reason, if you’re doing a big home tidy, then you should look at some of the storage options near you. Temporarily storing away things that you might want to give away in the future or might want to resell, but don’t want to rush getting rid of can help you open up more space without being overly wasteful.
Invest in storage spaces
For the items that you don’t want to get rid of, but you do want to make sure that you’re not letting sit out and become part of the clutter, you should look at the ways to maximize storage in each room. If you want an easy and versatile tip, start using wicker baskets in any areas with floated furniture or wall shelving. They look natural wherever they are and they serve as great temporary storage.
Give each space a purpose
If you want to make sure that the clutter doesn’t start building up again, then you should commit each space to a purpose in your mind. Whether it’s decorative, storage, or fits some other sort of practicality, you can make sure that whatever items are there fit that purpose. That way, you can stop yourself from leaving more practical items in your decorative spaces and vice versa, preventing some of the clutter from building up in the first place.
Clutter can build up very easily, especially if you buy new decorative items on a semi-regular basis With the tips above, you can make sure that you keep it manageable from day to day.