When you want to declutter and organize your home, the first thing you will probably feel is OVERWHELM. Where do you start? Is it even possible for you to convert your cluttered house into a clutter-free home?
It IS possible! And YES, you CAN do it!
Here are 4 simple tips from professional organizers to help you:
1. When working on decluttering and organizing a room in your home, be sure to take multiple boxes or bags with you.
Professional organizers use 5 separate boxes.
– One for trash
– One for things to donate
– One for things that belong in another room
– One for things to give to a family member or friend
– One box for your “think it over” items.
What are “think it over” items?
Those are the things that you’re not quite sure what to do with at the moment.
Professional organizers will have you put those “not sure” items all in one box and then put that box away. If you don’t need and/or look for anything in that box after a few months, you don’t need that stuff.
Makes sense, right?
2. Procrastination is NOT your friend.
Clutter sure has a quick and sneaky way of building up when simple jobs are put to the side.
Professional organizers know that the best time to do something is at the moment you see it needs to be done.
For example, in our house, dirty dishes are THE thing that build up and at times I don’t really even remember when they were used.
If each time a plate or dish was dirtied it was put right into the dishwasher instead of just piled in the sink, keeping the kitchen clean and clutter-free would be SO much easier.
3. Make your decluttering rules BEFORE you start.
For example, tell yourself that if you come across anything that is broken, stained, or in any sort of disrepair, that you ARE going to throw it away.
Setting your own boundaries BEFORE you start will actually make the decluttering process easier and faster.
4. When decluttering and organizing your closet, first get rid of every, single thing you do not wear, that does not fit, or isn’t wearable.
Then, organize your closet by clothes type and by season.
For example, all shirts should be hung together AND your warm weather, short-sleeved shirts should be together and your winter, cold weather items should all the hung next to each other.
When you put clean laundry away in your closet, take that extra minute and hang things where they go.
By simply doing that, you are more likely to keep your closet organized and clutter-free AND be able to find what you’re looking for.
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