If you’re constantly feeling stressed in your home and like you’re overwhelmed with bits and pieces, then you’re probably in need of a good decluttering. Clutter builds up quickly, and most people don’t even know how it happens. One piece of dirty clothing becomes 10, junk mail finds its way into every room of your house, and your basement has more unlabeled boxes than you can even count.
Disorganization in your home can cause anxiety and make you unable to relax. Home is expected to be a haven for you to feel at peace, but the constant need to clean and put things away makes it the opposite. Decluttering can have amazing effects on your mental health and allow you to enjoy your time at home to the fullest. Even if you wouldn’t consider yourself a hoarder, these tips will help you take back control over your stuff.
Identify the “clutter zones.”
The first step is to note which areas of your home seem to gather up clutter. Are there certain shelves or drawers where you tend to throw items that have no other home? Do you have a chair in your bedroom that you never sit in, but instead is home to an ever-growing pile of clothes? Are you tripping over 20 pairs of shoes and toys in your hallway? Identifying the areas of your home that build-up the most clutter will allow you to target those areas first.
Keep, store, donate
Next is the hard part, sorting through everything. Take it one room at a time, so you don’t get overwhelmed by the amount of work. It will be worth it in the end. Create piles of all your stuff. These piles are “keep,” “store,” and “donate.” If you don’t use the item and haven’t in years, it might be time to donate. If you have items of sentimental value, that you use a few times a year, or that you need to keep for legal reason, they can go into storage. Anything you need constant access to can stay.
Get a storage unit
There are many items in the home that you may not use but that you hold on to for a specific reason. People also have things that are used seasonally, such as Christmas decorations or camping gear. These items do not need to be cluttering up your space, and you can instead store them offsite. A storage unit provides a secure place to keep anything you’re attached to without it just taking up valuable space in your home.
Find creative storage solutions
If you have a lot of stuff that you always need on-site, find creative ways to store them. For example, if your hallway is building up with shoes, get a hanging shoe rack for the closet or a storage bench in the hall. If you find you’re continually piling clothes on a chair in your room, then remove the chair, so it’s not an option. Instead, make it easy to store your clothes with a bed frame with built-in storage underneath.
When it comes to decluttering, getting rid of as much, you can is always a good first step. Minimalism doesn’t always work for everyone, and that’s ok, but keeping your home organized will give you peace of mind.