For many busy women, clutter is the bane of their existence. And if you just stay irritated about the level of clutter in your home (or workspace, for that matter), that’s no good for anyone. Here are some tips to help you get started with a program to declutter for good.
1. Visualize how you want the room to be
Before you begin decluttering, take a moment to imagine how your home will look when everything has a place and all things are stored correctly.
2. Make Categories
Some people have trouble eliminating clutter because they don’t have a system in place to figure out how useful or important things are. Use categories to signal importance, such as things to find storage for immediately, and things that you might want to donate or sell.
3. Figure Out Your Priorities
Look at the items that are cluttering up your home. Figure out which ones you can’t live without, which ones are nice but not necessary, and which things are hideous, broken or otherwise serve little purpose. Sort things out and it will be easier to see what needs to go out with the garbage and what can stay (albeit more organized now!)
4. Create a spot to put mail and other incoming items that need your attention soon
It’s easy for people who come home tired at the end of a long day to grab the mail and then just throw it down wherever they happen to rest, such as at the kitchen counter, on a couch in the living room, or on a counter in the bathroom as they remove makeup.
5. Clear out an area where you can start decluttering in earnest
Maybe the family room is the most cluttered since you use it for multiple purposes. There could be board games scattered around, toys for the kids or your pets, and so on. Once you pick the starting point, it will be easier to begin your decluttering regimen.
6. Make space on a countertop
If you haven’t seen the surfaces of your kitchen counters in a while now, it would be a good time to free them of debris. Just having a clear space in view will make you start to relax. They, you will be encouraged to remove clutter from the rest of the counters. The first clear counter will be a place to organize items from the other counters.
7. Arbitrarily select five different items today and figure out an ideal place for them all.
This will jumpstart your new cleanliness program!
8. Donate unwanted items now
Donating things you no longer want or need can do wonders for a person who has limited means. You’ll feel better, knowing that objects that once got in your way are now brightening the lives of their new owners.
9. Don’t Become a Fanatic!
There’s no need to go overboard as you practice keeping your space free of clutter. Perfection can become the enemy of the good.
So in your daily and weekly efforts to cut down on clutter, avoid focusing on this aspect of home maintenance at the expense of other tasks, such as tending to your garden, going for a walk with your pet or preparing a lovely meal.