If you’re anything like me, you dread having to declutter your house. But every time you turn around, there’s more and more clutter. Decluttering is the only option, next to being featured on an episode of hoarders, of course. And we don’t want that now, do we?
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Now I’m not here to show you pictures of my perfectly decorated and clutter-free house. On the contrary, decluttering is not something I do well. In fact, with a family of six (plus two cats, one dog, a hamster and a rabbit), I actually struggle with clutter in our home. I swear it breeds…every time I turn around, there’s another pile.
While you might not find all the answers to your decluttering struggles, you will find a few tips to help you declutter your house, one space at a time.
If You Haven’t Used it In a Year Rule
You might have heard this rule before: If you haven’t used it in a year, you don’t really need it. Now there are a few exceptions to this rule. For example, seasonal items. You might not put the same Christmas decorations out every year, but you want to keep them because you change them up from year to year and you will use them again. There are some really great options for storing Christmas decorations.
Another exception is knick-knacks, home decor and decorative pieces. Some people change their look every so often, and there’s nothing wrong with storing things that you love and will use again at a later date.
But I have to tell you, if you look around your house and find you do have a lot of knick-knacks and decorative pieces, you might want to consider sorting through and eliminating some of it. That is, if you really want the simple, less cluttered look in your home.
Everything Has a Place
I think with kids, this can be a hard rule to implement. Everything might have a place but they usually don’t put everything in its place.
Try to make it easy for them by keeping bins and storage baskets available in the rooms they frequent the most. One in the kitchen, one in the living room, one in the family room. This will give them a place to put their stuff instead of leaving it on the kitchen counter, coffee table, etc. And while you might not want it to stay there permanently, at least it’s contained for the moment. It looks much less cluttered with everything in one basket than spread all over the counter.
Plus, at the end of the day, just have the kids each come and grab their stuff out of the basket. I bet they won’t lose things as often with this trick.
Avoid the Clutter by Thinking About Your Purchases
So this is more preventative than decluttering, but avoiding clutter in the first place will give you a huge advantage in the clutter-fighting game.
Before you make a purchase, think about these things:
Do I really need it?
This is huge. So many times we buy things on the spur of the moment, only to get them home and realize, “Gee, I don’t really even need that!” Sometimes we don’t even like the thing we bought once we get it home as much as we thought we did. So consider if you really need the product you’re looking at purchasing before bringing it home.
Is it something I will use right now?
I can’t count the number of times I’ve said “I might need this someday.” Then the item sits and sits, not getting used for weeks, months, even years.
If the product you’re looking at is not something you will use right now, why not wait to buy it? Because if you purchase it now and aren’t going to use it, in the mean time it becomes…you guessed it…clutter.
Do I have a place to put it?
Once again, everything has a place. That means that no matter how much you love an item, if you don’t have a place for it in your home, it shouldn’t come home with you. Bringing in too many items with no place to put them is the fastest way to cluttersville.
Now while these tips won’t give you a totally clutter-free home, I hope they will be small steps that will help you win the war on clutter.
You can declutter your house, one space at a time. It won’t happen overnight, but room by room, you can tame the clutter beast. If you liked this post, please consider sharing on Pinterest or Twitter.
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