Does it feel like your home is getting smaller and smaller with each passing day? Would you swear the walls must be closing in because what once felt like a spacious space now feels tight and completely unorganized? Of course, your home isn’t shrinking, but your feelings of not having enough space are also completely legitimate. The answer could actually be very simple – the clutter has taken over.
Clutter is something that tends to build slowly and over time, so you don’t really notice it at the moment. Instead, it spreads and eventually takes over your entire home and before you know it, you feel as though you’ve got no room to store things and move about. Not to worry, as we’ve got five simple ways to go ahead and declutter your home.
Take Things One Room at a Time
The first tip is to create a decluttering plan if you will. Rather than tackle the whole house at once, which is overwhelming and frankly unorganized, you want to take things one room at a time. Tell yourself this is going to be a process and it’s going to take time.
By decluttering one room at a time, you’ll probably feel less overwhelmed, you’ll do a more thorough job, and you can spread it out over a few weeks to make it less tiring.
Make Three Piles for Each Room You Declutter
Once you are ready to tackle the first room, you'll want to begin by creating three piles. These piles should be labeled ‘keep’, ‘give away/sell’, or ‘throw-away’. This will help you to sort out what’s staying in the house and what’s leaving.
Be Honest with Yourself as You Sort Through Items
One of the toughest parts about decluttering is being honest with yourself. It’s much easier to just keep everything, as parting with items isn’t exactly easy. It can be helpful to ask yourself the last time you wore or used the item, if it serves a specific and important purpose, and if you will even miss it.
Ensure Everything Has a Proper Place
As you start to put items away after you have finished sorting, the goal should be to find a proper place for everything. Nothing should be sitting out without a home. If the item doesn’t have a proper place you will either need more storage, or you may need to get rid of that item.
Rent a Storage Unit
If you simply cannot make enough space in your home but you're not willing to permanently part with items, you may want to look into storage unit options to store your extra stuff. All your belongings will be kept safe and secure, there’s no need to sell or give away items, and you can then start to make real substantial space in your home again.
Enjoy a Spacious Feeling Home
Creating space in your home and decluttering requires a certain degree of cutthroat thinking. It’s not always hard to get rid of items but keep your end goal in mind - creating a more livable and more organized space.