10 Tips on How to Declutter your Home
Many people relieve stress in organizing and decluttering their homes. It provides a sense of control and accomplishment after they finished decluttering. A well-organized home can make you feel more efficient and can boost your productivity levels.
So, how do you declutter your home?
- Set a realistic timeline and goals. Make a specific goal before you get started. It helps you to reduce frustrations and roadblocks ahead. Take one room or space at a time. Set completion dates for each phase and expect the areas that may need more extended hours, such as the garage or stock room.
- See it as a first-time visitor. Put yourself in a perspective of a first-time visitor when looking to your home. Write your first impression on how clean and organized your space is and plan how to change it.
- 80/20 rule. Mostly, we only use 20% of the things we own. You can apply it to clothing, electronics, books, toys, etc. Your challenge is to rid of the things you don’t use 80% of the time.
- Functioning. If you find a treasure that doesn’t function properly, discard it. If you want to fix it, fix it right away, or it will just continue to be unused and collecting dust.
- Last use. If you come across an item that you haven’t used in the past six months, you must probably scrap it. It means you didn’t remember it enough to secure keeping it in your house.
- Impulsive buying. We have a lot of items that we got when we are impulsive. Try to think if you still love the thing, and if you haven’t used it more than six months, put it on the “Get rid of” box.
- Clear the table. Try to avoid dumping small things on the table. When items are strewn, we get overwhelmed because they don’t have a clear place to go. Aside from putting it on the table, it is better to place it in hooks, trays, and drawers so that everything has a place.
- Invest in fewer products. Instead of getting cheap toiletries, treat yourself to high-quality makeup, perfume, soap, and other bath products because you use them every single day. The more good quality products you have, the less frequent you will need to try new products.
- Hooks. Instead of storing your bath and hand towels in your cabinet, try to hang them using hooks so you can put other products in them.
- Keeping has a cost. You hang on to things because you think you can save up if you will not repurchase them. But mostly, that is the opposite. There is a cost in keeping a thing. You need to store it, give it space, and sometimes take up precious space. Then, you spend time organizing it (time is money) and then remember where you put it. Is it worth the time and effort? If no, put it away.
- Buy again. You choose to keep many things because you don’t want to spend again, which is the opposite. Permit yourself to buy again now you know that letting go is an actual gain.