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How to Declutter

How To Declutter

Living in a cluttered space will definitely affect your daily life. It is said that you cannot be a successful person if you cannot even organize your own surroundings. You cannot think straight, you get distracted, and you feel stuffy if you live in a disorganized room. So start removing clutter from your life and check out these tips for organizing your room!

Removing Clutter and Organize Room For a Better Life!

• When you are currently staring at a messy room, do not despair. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. You can start off by removing clutter that are small and leaving only the largest pieces of furniture in the room. If you don’t have space to put all the small clutter in, then place them all in one corner of the room. Make sure that most of the room is now bare.

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• Prepare some containers such as cardboard boxes and start organizing all of the clutter that you’ve gathered in the corner. Sort out those that you need from those that can be given away or recycled. Keep yourself from being too sentimental. Keep in mind that it is better for a thing to be made useful by someone else than to simply gather dust in your bedroom.

• After you’ve organized all the items in the corner, grab some essential cleaning items to make the room spic and span. These items are, but aren’t limited to, broom, dust pan, mop, rags for wiping, vacuum cleaner, and antibacterial spray. Start by removing all of the dust, then by using the rags and the mop to thoroughly clean the surfaces.

Start by cleaning the ceiling, then the walls and the windows, and finally the floor. Bring all the dust and dirt into the middle of the room, starting at the corners. Don’t forget the areas that are underneath the furniture. After cleaning one corner of the room, move all of your organized things to that corner so that you can clean the corner where they were stored earlier.

• After you’ve cleaned the entire room, re-distribute all of your things in their proper places as neatly and tidily as you can. The things that you often used should be placed in easily accessible areas while things that are seldom used can be stored in hard to reach or hidden areas. For example, if you’re organizing your bedroom, you can store your in season clothes in your closet while you keep your out of season clothes in a trunk.

• Realistically speaking, you might not be able to consistently maintain and organize room by removing clutter, especially if you have a busy schedule but can’t afford a cleaning maid. What you can do is to have a large tray or better yet a table for you to dump your things in when you enter the room. With this in the room you won’t be scattering your things everywhere but concentrating them in one area and then start organizing them when you have the time.

• Here’s a nice tip: Take a picture of the room right after you’ve completely organized it and then frame this picture and display it on a wall in that room. Anytime the room becomes a bit disorganized, look at the picture and remember what it’s supposed to look like. Your mind will make your body work to put it back in place!

A place for everything and everything in its place is that your house? Probably not but with a few simple steps you can learn how to declutter. It takes quite a bit of practice. Not only by you but your family need to get disciplined as well otherwise you are fighting an uphill battle.

Decluttering – Filing

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Get yourself an in-tray and as bills, statements etc. arrive in the post put them in this tray to be dealt with. This is much neater and far better than filing them on the mantle piece or stuffed down the back of the sofa. Once a month go through the tray and process it. Pay any bills that need paying, check statements then file them away. I personally use a neat little filing cabinet which I picked up for $20.00. You will be surprised how easy it is to grab a utility bill 6 months down the line should you have a dispute with your electricity company.

Decluttering – Clothes

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I bet your closet is so full of clothes that you haven’t worn in years that you can’t close the door. Get rid of them! If you haven’t worn it in 2 years then be merciless and throw it out because the chances are it will still be there in 10 years, unworn. If family members are putting up resistance sort out their stuff into piles when they are not around. On their return let them have the final say. Most will see reason in the end.

Decluttering – Drawers

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Have a drawer in the house that is just for keepsakes. This drawer you want to keep for the special drawings you kids bring home from school or something cute they modeled from clay. You know the kind of stuff I am talking about. It’s cute but not cute enough to be on show! Every couple of months go through the drawer with your kids and declutter it together. Keep another drawer for paint, pencils crayons etc. This will stop all the children’s art materials cluttering op the house.

Decluttering – Chores

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Getting the children involved in housework is always going to be hard work so make it fun and reward them. You need to be specific when asking them to do something. “Tidy Your Room” is not going to cut it with kids. Instead break it down into smaller chunks like “Bring Down Your Laundry” or “Put All Your Toys Back In The Basket”. Making a progress or reward chart will motivate the kids if their is something to win in the end.

Decluttering – Holding Basket

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Get a large wicker basket at the bottom of the stairs. This is a holding basket and anything that needs to be taken upstairs get put in it. Try and take something out of it every time you go up stairs but at the very least make a point of decluttering it once a day.

Decluttering – Display Items

If your shelves are full of family heirlooms and impulse craft fair purchases and it looks messy then just have a major purge. If it’s functional and required (like a clock) then keep it. If it’s broke, redundant or just too damned ugly stop procrastinating and throw it away. If you still have lots of knick-knacks cluttering up the place then put half away in storage and rotate them every few months.

Decluttering – Newspapers

In the digital age the only time you will need an actual newspaper is if you are on the loo or need something to beat your dog. Everything can be found on-line. But if you insist on buying magazines and newspapers then you need to keep them in a small box. Something that will hold maybe 10 copies. That way as it gets filled up you will be forced to throw the old one out.

Conclusion

Once you have learned the basics of how to declutter the rest is common sense. Keeping your family on the ball is a biggest part of the challenge. If you are single then you won’t have this problem but you need to be very disciplined with yourself.

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