Most of us have clutter, some more than others. Looking for help to get things under control? The following tips can help you effectively de-clutter your home:
1. Small amounts of time work better. Don't try to effectively de-clutter your whole house in one day. Smaller increments of time, like 15 to 20 minutes, can be more effective. You won't be overwhelmed nor need to set aside a whole weekend. Use a timer if you need it.
2. Move items to a different location to process. You can become "clutter-blind" in a space, because you're used to seeing it as it is. Collect items in a basket, box or other container, and move it to another room to more objectively go through it. It'll be more clear that it doesn't belong if you're sorting through make up in your living room instead of the bathroom.
3. Have bags or bins handy for trash/recycling. Make it easier to dispose of items by putting them into the bag and placing it outside. If you have personal or sensitive papers, run them through a shredder first.
4. Work top to bottom. As with any kind of cleaning, this applies to de-cluttering as well. Start with your attic, and work your way down. You'll see the transformation as you go.
5. De-clutter a room from the inside out. If you start in the center of the space, you'll make it easier to get in and out of the room and see progress faster.
6. Grab and Go. If facing a lot of clutter in once space, simply grab a small stack and get to work. This, along with bringing items to another room, helps keep you from feeling overwhelmed by the large mass of stuff.
7. Make signs to help the process. Easily identify what to do or where to go next by labeling areas with obvious phrases like "Trash, Recycle, or Basement," and so on.
8. Be objective. Ask yourself, truthfully, "Have you used this item in the past year? Are you using it right now? Would you truly really need it in the future? Do you even like it? And, does it add value to your life or home, or is it preventing you from doing other things?"
9. Let go of the useless, broken or outdated stuff. Even if you plan to fix something broken, will you immediately, or is it just a headache? If it's outdated and has no value, why do you want to hold onto it?
10. Don't wait for the perfect time. There is no such time. The best way to start a journey is to take one step. Then set a regular weekly schedule to de-clutter small areas and keep things from getting out of hand.