Every home has some sort of clutter. Whether it’s bills piling up, kid’s crafts, or just old magazines, clutter lurks in every corner. Many people believe that it takes weeks to purge a home. However, decluttering does not have to be time consuming. Take a couple minutes or one day a week to organize your space. Here are five ways to reduce the clutter in your home:
The best way to eliminate clutter is to get rid of items in your home that serve little or no purpose. You can do this by throwing away, donating or selling items that are not being used or needed. Prepare these items for a garage sale or donate the items to your local shelter, church or charity. Start one room at a time, and by the end of the week, you will have purged your entire home!
Have many storage options
One reason why folks find it hard to keep clutter at bay is because of limited storage. This is no longer an option. Choose from baskets, bins or labeled boxes and start packing up those loose toys and clothing! Every family is different, so find a system that works best for yours and stick to it.
Teach your family to declutter
Keep children’s toys and crafts organized. And when playtime is over, teach your kids to put all items back properly. Putting things back after you use them will keep your home cleaner, and save you from procrastinating at the end of the week. When it comes to organizing your child’s desk, ask what items he or she likes best. Then, file or cleverly eliminate what they do not want. This will keep the mess in the playroom to a minimal.
Optimize vertical storage
Rather than trying to utilize every square inch of your floor space, look for vertical storage options. Shelving units or bookcases will help to make the room to look larger and better organized, while all your valuables will remain in plain sight. Our advice is to place items of little use on top shelves to avoid climbing a ladder or step stool often.
Weekly cleaning and organization
Once a week, make time in your busy schedule to declutter your entire home. Whether it’s new organization bins or repainting the home office, figure out what motivates you and make it fun! Items like magazines and mail should be filed or disposed of daily. This will help tremendously to reduce clutter within your home.
Decluttering your house doesn’t have to be a headache. Start small and take your time to purge your entire house. A clean home will help you to feel happier and more productive. And if you start to feel discouraged, consider purchasing a stylish piece of furniture or new electronic to motivate you—out with the old, in with the new!