Is clutter in your home bringing you down and stressing you out? You're not alone. A recent poll showed that just over a third of respondents were unable to relax at home due to clutter. Decluttering tends to be a job people put off because they think it'll take up their entire weekend or they don't know where to start. However, it really doesn't have to be an overwhelming task. Here are three simple steps for getting rid of clutter in your home:
Break the Process into Small Goals
You don't have to purge your house of clutter all in one go. That would be exhausting and demotivating. Instead, walk around your home and make a written plan for each room. Split each room into sections that can be cleared out in 15-20 minutes and prioritise when you'll tackle each small section. This gives you a timed plan to work from and ticking off each small section as you clean it out will keep the momentum going.
When you're working on each section of your home keep your end goal in mind. Be ruthless and throw out, sell or donate anything you don't use. Don't get caught in the trap of thinking you might use an item someday. If it hasn't been used in the last month or two, toss it.
Make Use of Dead Space
If you're living in a small space or have a large family, you may reach a stage when you've thrown out everything you don't use, but your home still appears cluttered. You can minimise visible clutter by making use of all of your available storage space. Hanging some closed door shelves will make use of your wall space and keep items off the floor and out of sight. They are ideal for CDs, DVDs and study materials.
You can also install hooks and slimline racks on the inside of cupboard doors, which are useful for storing cleaning materials, small electronics and utensils. By using kitchen shelf inserts you can make use of the dead space at the top of your cupboards, giving you more room for storing pans and tinned or dry food.
Utilise Self-Storage Facilities
You'll probably have some sentimental items that you'll want to keep even though they take up too much space in your home. Items such as a wedding dress, keepsake boxes for your children, photo albums, and heirlooms passed down from elderly relatives can safely be kept in a self-storage unit such as Allsafe Self Storage Complex.
You can rent a small unit on flexible terms, so it's also a good solution if you need to remove some items from your home on a temporary basis such as when guests are staying for an extended period. Keep the cost down by checking if a friend or family member would like to share the unit with you.
The decluttering process doesn't have to take over your life. Work through these three steps and your home will be a calm and organised haven in no time.