As a renter, a cluttered home can be a cause of extreme worry and frustration. However, the process of decluttering a home can seem like a never-ending battle with your stuff. Instead of just moving things around, experts suggest applying a few specific strategies to help you declutter your home a little bit every day. In fact, by adhering to these five simple suggestions, you may just remove clutter from your Marietta home for good.
1. Start Small
Attempting to declutter your entire house all at the same time is a sure way to get overwhelmed – and for nothing to change. Rather, start small. Set aside 5 or 10 minutes every day and focus on removing clutter from a single area. Over the following days, you will begin to see a real change in the amount of clutter in your house.
2. Give Unused Items Away
A lot of us have unused items that are only taking up space in our homes and closets. Try choosing just one item to give away each day. That will add up to 365 items in a year. To figure out which clothes to keep and which you could donate, try this simple trick: turn all of your hangers in the reverse direction. As you wear each item, turn the hangers back the correct way. After a few months, gather up everything you haven’t worn and donated them.
3. Use a Trash Bag
If you’re keen on taking on an even bigger challenge, you could try the trash bag approach. To use this method, get a large trash bag and move around the house, searching for items you don’t use or need. Fill the bag as fast as you can, then donate the items or give them away.
4. Create a Decluttering Checklist
Decluttering your home each day is a lot easier when you have clearly defined tasks. What is more, you can record your progress by ticking off each item as it gets done. Using a checklist like this one, focus on decluttering a little bit at a time, for just a few minutes per day.
5. Use the Box Method
Another way to declutter an area quickly is to use the box method. Get several boxes and label them with terms like Keep, Give Away, Trash, or Re-Locate. Going one room at a time, take each item in the room and place it into one of the boxes. Don’t stop until every single item is in a box. Then follow through by donating, re-locating, or throwing away the items in the corresponding box. Another variation on this approach is to have baskets belonging to each member of the household. As the baskets are packed, that person must then put their items away in their proper places each day. In these ways, you can declutter your entire house one box or basket at a time.
No matter which decluttering tip you begin with, by using them, it is possible to get the clutter in your house under control and keep it to a minimum every day.
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