Decluttering your home Series

  No matter where you live or how big your home is, there are some problems that we all have. For example, all homes become cluttered at some point. It’s not something you can prevent entirely, although, if you have the time, cleaning the house daily can help.The best way to tackle the decluttering of your home, your work space, and your life is to take things  one small step at a time.  Combined, small steps will lead to big improvements that will be easier to maintain over the long-run. But even so, the problem persists. I’ve decided to put together a guide that can help you with that. In the following posts from  The Messed up home  you can find some tips that can help you de-clutter your home more easily.

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This room-by-room declutter guide will take you through your home and office room-by-room with tips and tricks to declutter your home quickly and efficiently. Here’s what you need to know to declutter your home. 

1. Plan it in your schedule.

Clutter clearing can easily take up hours if you have a huge amount of clutter to clear out. My massive decluttering took me a whole week! Set aside time in your schedule and segment the task into different parts. For example, set aside X amount of hours for your wardrobe, followed by your bedroom, then your kitchen, and so on.

When I decluttered my house, I broke it down into phases: first with my room, the living room, followed by the kitchen, then my kid’s  room, the washrooms, and finally the Garden . This made the whole task much more manageable.

2. Choose a room. 

Home is where many of a bulk of our time.  So it’s no wonder that a messy house can add to daily stress, Selecting a Room is the first step to start Decluttering Or even a zone in a room, and start decluttering that room.If your rooms are too cluttered, you’ll want to simplify them.  Start by clearing off anything that is on the floors.  Throw out or donate unused things.  After clearing the floor, move to flat surfaces such as countertops, shelves, tops of dressers, etc.  Clear them as much as possible, and then move onto furniture. 

If there’s too many things to clear and you are not sure where to begin, start off with a manageable spot. If it’s your room, start off with your table. If it’s your wardrobe, pick one of the smaller compartments. Before you know it, you will be done with the area and you are ready to the next.

3. Decide on timing + level of decluttering needed.

Often times, however, tackling the clutter can seem an horrendous task if you don’t know where or how to start.  By devoting a little of your time to getting rid of the clutter in your life and maintaining things relatively clutter-free , you’ll reap the rewards of pleasing living areas, reduced stress, and a more organized and productive existence.

There are a few levels to decluttering–maybe your home is pretty neat but you need some motivation to throw out some old paper clutter, or maybe your closet hasn’t been thought about in a year and you really, really need to sort it out.  

4. Enroll the help of someone.

Many hands make light work. If it’s possible, get a family member or a friend to help out. This can be a very tedious task, especially if you have not been doing it for very long. Besides that, it’s much more fun to be doing it with others than alone.

5. Let go of things you have no use for.

In the past, my default action was to keep something just in case I needed it in the future. Over the years, it just resulted in a huge pile of junk. Not only that, I never had an occasion where I needed that thing. Now, my principle is to ask – ‘Am I going to need this in the foreseeable future?’ If the answer is no, I’ll throw it away. A lot of clutter comes from keeping things that you think you’ll use, but never do in the end.

Whenever I declutter, I will use a huge garbage bag to dump everything I don’t want. It makes it much simpler to discard stuff. You might want to try it for yourself too.

6. Finish clearing first, then organize.

Some people try to clear clutter AND organize at the same time. Personally, I feel that this isn’t very effective. I prefer is to finish clearing the clutter first (within the area), then organize the stuff inside. It’s much easier to arrange when you know what are all the things that need to be sorted. Not only that, it can be both mentally and physically disruptive to change back and forth between ‘clearing’ and ‘organizing’.

7. Make use of effective furniture and tools.

Filing systems, storage boxes, magazine files and multi-compartment wardrobes are just some of the many great tools to help you organize your stuff.  Amazon is well-known for having many furniture and accessories which streamlines organization. I particularly am a big fan of storage boxes – they provide an easy avenue to pack things in a compact manner, and the boxes fit perfectly under the bed.

8. Designate spots for common items.

I have fixed spots around my room to put commonly accessed items – such as my mobile phone, necklaces, accessories, bags and so on. These items are placed in their respective spots every time, which eliminates the need to go into a mad search for them before I leave the house each time.

9. Schedule a regular clutter-clearing session.

After you finish clearing out the clutter, schedule a quick 30 minutes session every week as a form of maintenance. your home and weed out whatever clutter has gathered in the past week. With continuous maintenance, you will get to reap the benefits of a clutter-free home.

Once you are done clearing your clutter, you might want to move to creating an inspirational home environment

10.How to Maintain Order Over the Long-Term

Once you’ve successfully decluttered, whether it be one area or all the areas mentioned above, clutter will inevitably begin to creep back into your life. You must be vigilant in weeding it out on a regular basis, or it will just take over your life again.

Set up a system to keep clutter in check. Examine the way that you do things and how things make their way into your life, and consider whether you can put together a simple system for everything, from your laundry to work projects and email.  Write down your systems step-by-step and try to follow them as best as you can.  Follow your systems and you’ll keep the clutter minimized.

Don’t slack off.  It’s easy to put things off for another day, but it’ll save you headaches in the long-run if you deal with things immediately. Throw it out, donate it, or keep it and put it in a designated area.

I hope it inspires you!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I would love for you to share this post and pin it below!

You guys are great, and please let me know any questions you may have!

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