Does your house look like a tornado went through it?
Look a little harder. That stuff wasn’t put there by a natural disaster. No, clutter is the build-up of junk and disorganization that happens seemingly outside of your control.
Don’t worry. You’re not the only one who’s had to deal with excessive clutter. But sometimes, it can feel totally overwhelming.
What you need is some professional help, without the professional price.
So today, we’re going to discuss clutter – what causes it and what you can do to declutter your house!
What is Clutter?
By the time your home has reached the point of no return – clutter – you may be unable to find anything. But more than that, it could actually be a hazard to your health.
While you may not be a hoarder worthy of reality television, you still might have unseen mold and dust present in your home that could cause respiratory problems. Or, you might have so much stuff that your home is one big fire hazard.
Clutter isn’t just having too many possessions. Clutter is the stuff that doesn’t add anything to your home – or your life.
That’s why it’s so important to declutter your house. Not only will decluttering free up room in your house and make it look better overall, it will also relieve stress and provide you with a sense of control over your home and your life.
The 6 Simplest Ways to Declutter Your House
1. Schedule Your Approach
When you face your clutter, you may feel that cleaning it is an impossible task. Trust me, it won’t be.
You just have to break it down into smaller chunks.
Rome wasn’t built in a day – and it’s quite possible that your house won’t be decluttered in a day. So, each time you decide to tackle your clutter, pick one area of your house (or just one corner of a room) that you can declutter and focus on that for the time being.
If you slow down the process, it’ll also give you time to handle the emotional stress of purging your belongings. You’ll have to put a lot of thought into what items you want to keep and which items you want to discard, and all those decisions can put you into an anxiety coma.
So, don’t bite off more than you can chew. Make a schedule for your decluttering, and stick to it.
2. Create a Do-It-Later Box
When you declutter your house, you may keep coming across troublesome items or knickknacks that you know will take forever to sort through. Or, you may discover completely random, out-of-place items you simply don’t have the time to deal with.
If so, create a box (or if the items are too big, an area) to put them in. Don’t worry about these items until you finally have the time to get back around to sorting them.
Any time you can completely remove an element from your decluttering, do so immediately. That way, you’ll free up your mind and energy to focus on the task at hand without feeling bogged down by uncertainty because of those difficult items.
And once you’ve freed up space – and the time you need to make important decisions – then you can organize everything more effectively.
3. Organize Strategically
One of the best ways to handle a large amount of clutter is to compartmentalize. That’s a big word for a simple idea: put all your junk into individual boxes and sections!
You’ll have no trouble finding cheap plastic tubs, dividers, hanging bags and racks, or even giant trash bags to group your items in. Instead of a massive overhaul of all your junk, you can organize by type or theme.
And when you organize, think like your family. Are you a bunch of left-brain people who need careful, logical organization? Or, are you artsy types who lose things all the time because you’re so distracted by your creativity?
Be realistic about how you organize your clutter. Figure out how to separate items that make sense for your family, in such a way that limits future cluttering altogether.
4. Get Everyone Involved
Still feeling overwhelmed? Then don’t handle it all by yourself!
Get your family and close friends involved. The more soldiers on the battlefield in the War on Clutter, the faster the war will be over.
If you have kids, be creative when you get them to work so they can get the job done. Tell them they get to decide where to put things in their bedrooms, as long as it looks clean and makes sense.
If they fail miserably, at least their spaces look better than they did before. Then, you can come back through with your now-superhuman decluttering abilities to organize their attempts.
Also, split up the decluttering tasks intelligently. If one of your family members knows where everything in the kitchen or dining room goes, have them work on that alone. Then, switch your forces around depending on who can accomplish what the easiest and fastest.
In the War on Clutter, nobody should go it alone.
5. Don’t Lose Track
In your attempt to declutter your house, you may start forgetting where you put everything.
This is easy to do when you have too much stuff. You might spend all day organizing your closets only to turn around and completely forget which closet contained what. Then, when you dig through them to find what you’re looking for, you might create clutter all over again,
So, don’t be afraid of labeling. Get some masking tape or sticky notes you can write on with a marker or pen and slap it on tubs and boxes, on doors, and on items themselves. Write whatever makes sense to you and your family on them, and organize based on the systems you’ve created.
That way, you won’t lose track of all your stuff once the decluttering process is complete.
6. Finish Strong
Don’t decide you’re finished decluttering your house until it’s actually over.
When you decide where everything should go – put it there. Don’t leave stuff lying around for you to take to charity or give to your friends later.
Do it immediately.
That’s what leads to clutter in the first place, the “I’ll do it later” mentality!
You don’t want to walk into your house a month from now and find it looks the same as it did a month ago. No, you want to finish strong and declutter your house so well that it stays that way.
Want more advice?
Don’t let your junk overwhelm you! I know it seems hard right now, but you can declutter your house if you follow all of these steps.
If you still dread the process and need some expert advice, or want to know anything about real estate in the Austin, Killeen, or Ft. Hood area, contact me today! I’d love to talk you through all your questions and concerns.