Does anybody else struggle with clutter or unwanted "stuff" in your home that you do not know what to do with? I sure do. It seems as my children get bigger, their stuff does too, but the house is getting smaller!
Here are five steps to take in de-cluttering your home.
1. Choose one room to work on at a time.
Trying to de-clutter your entire house forces you to wait a long time before you see results; therefore, it is easier to get discouraged and quit trying!
2. Take a good look at all of the horizontal surfaces in that room: the floor, the furniture tops, and hopefully not the ceiling fan! ;-)
Learning to see your home horizontally and vertically gives you a new perspective. If you live in tight spaces (like ours), it is more beneficial to have things vertical and not horizontal. This was a challenge for me. I had a good friend with many wonderful Red Strengths come to my home and teach me to think this way.
3. Pick one spot to de-clutter and work on it until you are finished.
This may take some time, depending on the amount of clutter. Don't give up! Even if you have to come back to that same spot several times a day. Be careful not to take too long on one spot because you will get discouraged if you do not see results.
4. Find a place (Home) for EVERYTHING!
This could mean a drawer, a plastic tote to put under your bed or in the garage, a plastic tote of things to donate, sell, or give away, or the trash can! This is also challenging for those who live in cramped spaces. It just might mean getting rid of more than you would really like to. My husband built our bed frames to be about 20 inches off of the floor so we could have plenty of storage under each one.
5. Make time for getting rid of the undesired items.
Don't let the garage sale or donated items sit around. This defeats the purpose of de-cluttering as it actually creates more clutter. You will have only move things from one clutter pie to another clutter pile.
I guess there would be a 6th step I would add here and that would be celebrate!
Enjoy the work you have done by celebrating in some way. The only challenge you will have from now on will be to keep it clutter free. This is very doable if you have worked on one room at a time until it was completed, learned to keep your horizontal surfaces clean of clutter, found a place for everything, and gotten rid of all of the unwanted items!
Go for it! You will thoroughly enjoy the results. I'd love to hear how you keep your home clutter-free.
Have a blessed and productive weekend!