Freeing Up Space
Whether you’re planning to place your property on the market or want to tidy up and reorganize, it’s a great idea to declutter your home. If you have a lot of belongings and not a lot of free time, decluttering can be an overwhelming task. Here are a few tips to help you declutter your home
Set a Schedule to Declutter Your Home
If you have a lot of decluttering to do, create a schedule and set aside time for cleaning. Taking 15 minutes every evening to tidy up is enough for some households. In other cases, you might need to spend an hour or two every weekend in the attic or garage to make progress. Choosing a regular schedule will also help you stay accountable.
Choose the Right Storage for You
There are many storage options available for everything, from your coffee cup collection to books. When your goal is to declutter your home, focus on what type of storage is right for you.
For example, a closet could be a great place to stash backpacks and school supplies, but if your children otherwise forget them, hanging hooks by the front door would be a better solution.
Be Realistic About the Furniture
Furniture takes up a lot of space in a home. When you declutter, only keep pieces of furniture you use regularly. Tables, chairs, loveseats, lamps, and bookshelves can make a room feel more cluttered than it is.
If you have items you only use when family visits, find a place to store them for the rest of the year. Only keep the pieces of furniture that you love and that fit your space.
Determine the Right Sorting System to Declutter Your Home
When going through rooms as you declutter your home, use a system to sort your beginnings. For many people, a three-box method is effective. Use three large boxes and label one “keep,” one “donate,” and one “trash.” This will make it easy for you to categorize items in your home quickly.
Dispose of anything in poor condition and load your car with boxes of items in good shape that you no longer need. Next time you’re running errands, drop this box off at a local charity. Anything in the “keep” box should be put away in its proper place.