It’s a new year, so why not set a resolution to make your home feel new? When you declutter your home, it will be easier to keep your house clean and you’ll likely also notice psychological benefits. If you have accumulated a lot of things over the years, this task can be daunting, but we will guide you through the process in this article.
1. Set Your Priorities
You have to start somewhere, so think about the rooms in your home and which one needs to be decluttered the most. Make a list of your rooms from highest priority to lowest. Once you finish the room that needs to be decluttered the most, you will feel accomplished and motivated to keep going. Your next rooms will only get easier!
2. Rent a Dumpster to Declutter Your Home
Renting a dumpster makes all the difference when your goal is to entirely declutter the home. A couple hundred dollars is a small price to pay for all of your junk to be hauled away. Since the dumpster will only be in your yard for a short period of time, it will motivate you to finish this task quickly instead of dragging it out.
3. Focus On One Area At a Time
Don’t start in one room, find something that belongs in another room, and then get distracted by decluttering the other room. Only focus on one room at a time and on a specific corner or closet at a time. Move on to the next area when the one you are working on is completely decluttered and organized.
4. Divide and Conquer
Get several bins or boxes for sorting your items. One should be for items you use often and are keeping. One will be for items to throw away or recycle. The third will be for items to donate to a charity or thrift store. Aim to put more in the “donate” or “throw away” bins than in the “keep” bin. To declutter your home successfully, don’t hesitate to part with things.
5. Give Everything a Home
When you have separated everything that you don’t need anymore, you are left with the items you are keeping. If you don’t have a dedicated spot where any given item should permanently live, reconsider keeping it. To prevent your home from getting cluttered again, everything you own needs to have a place where it belongs.