When your home is cluttered, it is difficult to deep clean, find things, and simply relax. At the start of the new year, set aside some time to declutter your home. This is a great home improvement task to complete during winter while you are staying indoors. You’ll be rewarded with more open space and organized storage.
How to Approach Decluttering
There is no one right way to go about decluttering your home. Your lifestyle and available free time determine whether you can take on this entire project at once or if you should break it up into sections. Your personality type will also play into which method is most effective for you.
If you can, set aside an entire weekend or two to complete the entire undertaking. Take breaks, remember to eat, and get enough sleep so that you can stay focused. Marie Kondo, the popular organizing guru, recommends this method, but it is not always possible for everyone’s busy lives. If work, kids, and other responsibilities limit your free time, declutter one small area at a time. If you choose to commit a whole weekend to the project, it is still best to do it by sections.
4 Steps to Declutter Your Home
Step 1: Clear the Space
Remove everything from the space you are decluttering. You might choose to start with a bedroom closet, kitchen pantry, or the drawers in your home office. Begin this project with the place that needs decluttering the most.
Step 2: Clean it Out
Have your cleaning supplies ready so that you can dust, vacuum, and mop the space once it’s completely empty. Storage areas that become cluttered rarely get deep cleaned, so this is a great opportunity to do so.
Step 3: Sort Your Belongings
Next, go through everything you have taken out of the space and decide whether to keep it or get rid of it. Have a box or bag ready for donations and trash. Only keep things that you use and are in good condition.
Step 4: Find a Place for Everything
Take out the trash and put your donation box in the car to be dropped off at a thrift store next time you are out. Reorganize the remaining items in a way that makes sense. Keep items used most frequently in the most accessible places and like-items together. When everything has a dedicated place, it will be easier to keep the space organized long-term.
Once you declutter your home, you’ll love how your living space looks and feels.