Most of you know that I HATE clutter. I don’t know why, I just don’t do well with it, and I always feel more at peace when everything is nicely organized. The problem I have with conveying that to others is that it tends to be overwhelming. They think they need to have their whole house in perfect order to be “uncluttered” and the idea of doing that just simply overwhelms them. So they do nothing.
So when professional blogger Sofia Lewis contacted me to see if I’d be interesting in publishing her article on “How to Successfully De-Clutter Your Home”, I was at first a bit skeptical. That’s a loaded title, and I didn’t want it to be overwhelming for any readers! But then I saw the article, and how nicely she broke it down and explained everything, and I decided that she did a much better job than I could, ha! So, without further ado…here’s Sofia!
It’s one thing to keep your home looking and feeling clean and sanitary, but if you want a truly tidy house then it’s important to de-clutter your home at least once or twice a year! We all have items in our homes that we don’t use, either because they don’t work anymore or just because we haven’t got around to throwing them out. If this sounds like you and you want to have a little more room in your life and a little less clutter in your home then follow these tips for successful and easy house de-clutter!
1. Work through your house room by room.
Don’t attempt to de-clutter or downsize your home all at once! Instead work through your home room by room to prevent too much mess from building up. Try to get through every area of every room, including places like your chest of drawers, wardrobe, cupboards, shelves and under the bed. You’ll be amazed with how much junk you’re holding onto! Separate them into piles that you want to keep, throw away or donate and sell so that you can keep track of what you have to work with.
2. Enlist the help of friends and family for bigger jobs.
If you’re considering getting rid of bigger items, such as furniture, then it’s worth asking your friends and family for a helping hand. Moving furniture on your own can be tough, and if you’re moving furniture or items that are too heavy for you then you can easily give yourself an injury or damage the item. Be careful when lifting heavy items, and never attempt to lift anything that you think might be too heavy for you.
3. Donating items to charity.
If you’re de-cluttering your home then the items that you don’t want to keep can be donated to charity – if they’re in good condition! Some charities will collect your items if you have more than a few bags’ worth, and it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for charity bags on your doorstep, as these are ideal if you want to get rid of items without having to make a trip somewhere yourself! If there are no local charity shops that you can easily get to then keep an eye out for clothes bins instead. These are bins in which you can donate bric-a-brac and clothes, and can often be easier to get to than charity shops!
4. Selling your unwanted items.
You can also try selling your items online. This is a great way to make a bit of money! Try using popular online auction websites or even advertise to your friends through social networking websites!
5. Deciding what to keep.
Deciding what you want to keep can be difficult, and unless you want to end up hoarding away too many items, it’s important to be tough with your decisions. If you haven’t used the item in over six months, if you’d forgotten that you still had the item, or if you’re on the fence about keeping it then it’s probably worth throwing away! Be strict with yourself so that you don’t end up with a clutter-filled home once again! If you have children always make sure to work with them when downsizing or de-cluttering your home, as they might need help and advice to make sensible decisions.
Isn’t that all placed in nice, simple steps that are easy to manage? I love it! You can see more of Sofia’s articles on her Google+ page by clicking HERE!
So what about YOU? Does your home need some de-cluttering? Will the above steps work for you?
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