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It’s that time of year again, when everyone gets a little restless in their homes and starts thinking of re-decorating ideas. But it can be difficult to decorate without first clearing out the clutter. It’s easy for clutter to build up, especially if you’ve lived in your home for a few years. Before you start thinking about decorating, take a look at these decluttering tips.
If you’ve got a lot of items in your home that are in good condition but are cluttering the place up, why not give them away? Giving away one item per day could mean you have cleared a room within a month. Picture frames or ornaments are ideal for special occasions, like birthdays or weddings. Applying this tip to any room in the house could mean you see a complete transformation sooner than you think.
Trash Bag Challenge
If you’re not very good at parting with items in your home that you don’t really need or use, try challenging yourself to fill a trash bag. The more trash bags you fill, the easier it will become to part with things. You could even fill up bags with the intention of donating everything to charity. That way, you know everything that you’re parting with is going to a good cause and could really help someone who doesn’t have much.
Know What You Use
Everyone is guilty of it. You’re probably keeping a lot of items because you think they’ll come in handy ‘one day’. Most of the time, ‘one day’ never comes. So, try out this simple experiment to see what you’re actually using and what you’re not. For instance, turn all of your wardrobe hangers the wrong way. When you wear an item, return it to the wardrobe and turn the hanger the right way. It’s a great way to get an idea of what you actually wear and what you can get rid of. You can do the same thing for anything in your home, like kitchen utensils, toys, hobbies and more.
One Room at a Time
Attempting to declutter more than one room at a time could cause major distractions. Instead of clearing the windowsills, you may end up looking at https://windowsbellingham.com/ for replacement windows. Concentrating on one thing at a time will mean you’re more likely to complete each task. Make a list of what you want to achieve in each room and then stop when you’ve done everything and move onto the next room. Don’t put more on your plate than you can handle.
This challenge is a fantastic way to declutter each room in the home. You need to find twelve things to throw away, twelve things to donate to charity and twelve things that just need to be replaced in their rightful home. How many people have picked something up and put it somewhere it doesn’t belong, just to find it in the same place wrong place six months down the line? This challenge is great for kids too. If you’re desperate to get rid of some old toys that your kids don’t want to part with, challenge them to find twelve things to throw away.
Often times, clutter can just become part of the furniture. It may have been there so long that you don’t notice it anymore. In order to see the clutter and get rid of it, you may need to change your mindset. You can train your mind into noticing clutter and recognising what to do with it. One of the best ways to spot clutter you may have missed is to take pictures of each of the rooms in your home. Surprisingly, you’ll be able to spot clutter clearer on a picture than you will by looking right at it. You’ll often spot clutter easier if you invite friends over for dinner. If all else fails, let a toddler loose in your home and they’ll find clutter you completely forgot about.
Put a Price on Everything
Pull a few bits out and ask yourself how much you’d pay for it now. If it’s still worth as much as you bought it for, it may be worth keeping. However, if you wouldn’t buy it again or you’d price it significantly lower, it’s time to throw it out. If you wouldn’t even pass it on to charity, it’s definitely time for the trash.
Decluttering isn’t always easy, so set some time aside to make sure you get the job done.