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Is Clutter Getting the Best of You?

simple strategies to declutter your home

Take steps to declutter your home now

Is clutter filling up the corners of your life? Even if you are not a packrat or a hoarder, you may find that too much clutter in your home is starting to interfere with your time, space, and happiness.

If you are tired of every single centimeter of space being filled up with odd and ends, then maybe it’s time to take steps to declutter your life. If the task feels overwhelming, then try these simple strategies to make the job easier.

Tip 1: Buy one, get rid of two

If your home is at the tipping point, then buying new items is adding to the problem. Try setting a rule for yourself: every time you bring a new item into your home, make sure you get rid of two items. This way you will slowly tip the balance and have fewer things.

Tip 2: Get rid of one item per day

While cleaning up an entire home might seem overwhelming, you can take baby steps by getting rid of one item every day. This way you will have 365 fewer things by the end of the year.

Tip 3: The 10-minute sprint

If your home is really cluttered, you could probably spend an entire week cleaning and organizing. And most people don’t have this kind of time. Instead, grab a trash bag, set a 10-minute timer, and scramble around your home gathering as many things as you can for the donation pile. If you do this three times a week, you will make some headway.

Tip 4: Take photos of sentimental items

Many people have trouble decluttering because they can’t part with items that have sentimental value, like children’s artwork, concert programs, souvenirs, or gifts from loved ones. One suggestion is to take photos of these items, and then donate them or throw them away. This way you preserve the memory and free up some space in your home.

Tip 5: One drawer or cabinet at a time

Rather than trying to declutter a whole room in one day, set smaller goals. Pick just one drawer or one cabinet to tackle on one day. Then a few days later, pick another one. By setting smaller goals, you are more likely to stay focused and less likely to give up.

Tip 6: The one-year rule

Do you have a lot of clothing or other items that you can’t get rid of because you think you just might need them again? That half-used tube of caulk you used for a project 5 years ago? A pair of pants that you just might fit into if you lose weight? The remaining jar of spice that you used for one specialty recipe and never again? For these items, put them in a box and put today’s date on it. If you haven’t needed them by next year at this time, get rid of them.

Tip 7: Think before you buy

While a new item might look perfect in the store, try to think twice before buying it. Ask yourself if you’re truly going to need the new item, or whether it’s just going to collect dust in your home.

What do you think? Are you ready to tackle the clutter in your home? If so, we hope these tips will help!


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