Do you feel like you’re walking into a disaster zone when you go from one room to the next inside your home? You see a cluttered mess in corners and along the walls of the house, and it causes you to feel stressed and discouraged

You’re probably wondering how you’ll ever declutter the property and get it to look as good as it did when you first moved in, or before you and family members got sick. 

While it may feel out of reach for you now, it’s possible to declutter the home, get rid of things that you no longer need, and keep your belongings more organized. Once you’ve got the organization down, you won’t have to worry so much about dealing with more clutter in the future.

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How to Declutter Your Home

1. Work on One Room at a Time

It’s easy to feel discouraged when you know that you have an entire home full of clutter that needs cleaning and organizing. However, try not to think of it like that because it’ll only cause you to put the process of decluttering off for more days. 

Instead, think about how you’ll tackle one room first before you begin working on another. For example, you may want to focus on the living room before any other room in the home because it’s the first room people see when they walk through the front door.

Carve out enough time

Tackle the critical tasks in one room before you move on to the next one. For example, you may need to go through items to see what you’re not using and can get rid of, vacuum floors, wipe down walls, and find proper storage areas for different things inside your house instead of leaving them lying around. Once you’re done in the living room, move over to the dining room and then focus on the kitchen. But, again, don’t expect to get everything done in one day or even a week.

Make it a goal of decluttering one room a day

It’s easier to declutter the home when you focus on one room at a time each day. So, instead of overworking yourself by getting to everything in a few hours, do one room per day until you feel content with the way your home looks. Once you’ve managed to declutter and organize, it becomes that much easier to keep things looking spotless and organized.

2. Get Rid of What You Don’t Need

Go through the belongings in your home and start getting rid of what you don’t need. There is no good reason to keep items that you’re not using and that don’t serve a purpose for you because they’re only going to hog up some of the space in the home. If you don’t want to throw certain items out, you don’t have to do that. You can always donate items to less fortunate people. 

Helping others with your junk

It can make you feel good knowing that you’re doing something nice for others while working on decluttering your home. It’s challenging to find peace amongst the chaos, but when you’re eliminating clutter, you’re eliminating the challenges others are facing at the same time as you provide them with things they can put to use.

3. Use Organization Tools in Each Room

Start buying and using organization tools for each room. The specific items you’ll need will depend on the room. 

Buy space-saving containers 

For example, you can use space-saving containers for the kitchen that will help you keep spices, vegetables, beverages, and snacks organized and in specific areas of the kitchen. On the other hand, you can declutter the bathroom and organize it by getting an over-the-toilet organizer. It saves space and provides you with an area for different items, including sanitary napkins, flushable wipes, and other products that you might like to keep near the toilet.

Search for excellent organizational products 

You can find many excellent organizational products that save space and help you on your quest to get rid of the clutter. It’ll make each room in your home look a lot neater. These products can also make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for when you need it because you’re putting these items in specific spots every family member is aware of.

4. Make Use of Wall Space

Don’t hesitate to make use of wall space. If you have blank walls, you may want to consider hanging shelves to clear up some space on the floor. The great thing about wall shelves is that you can put all kinds of things on them, such as small toys, figurines, or even books. 

Got extra space?

The items you’ll add to these shelves will depend on the size of the item, along with where you’re putting them. For example, you’re probably not going to want a hanging bookshelf in the bathroom. However, it’s an excellent idea for the living room or dining room area where you might have extra space on the walls available for you to use.

5. Avoid Leaving Things Where They Don’t Belong

Try to get in the habit of putting things back where they belong when you’re done using them. It’s one of the easiest ways for you to end up with clutter in the home if things are left out. You grab something, use it, and then set it down on the dining room table or somewhere else in the house where it doesn’t belong. It will then sit there for several days or weeks until you finally feel motivated to move it to the right spot.

Create less frustration for yourself 

If you can stop doing that, you can save yourself a lot of frustration in the long run. Instead of putting it down anywhere, try to put the item back as soon as you finish using it. You’ll be glad that you did when it comes time to pick up and clean different rooms in the home because it’s one less thing to deal with at the end of the day.

6. Think About Parting With Special Items

Let’s be real here, I’m not talking about parting with Grandma’s Broche, not at all. For the last three months, I have been “letting go” of items that are heirlooms to me. In the past, they were very special to me, but I thought to myself, why am I holding on to these? My daughters and granddaughters can enjoy these items NOW while they are young and will love decorating their tables for family or neighborhood parties.

Back when Mark and I were married we “registered” for items we could use to start this new chapter in our lives. We chose the most beautiful china, not too fancy, not too plain, just right. Not too expensive, but nicer than everyday eating dishes.

When we sold our home and moved here to “downsize’ to a smaller home, where we would have very little snow, if any, a few things changed. This neighborhood has been different than anywhere we have lived. The china sat in my china hutch cabinet, the goblets started collecting dust.

I gave my china to one daughter who uses it often, which brings me joy. When I gave her the china I said, “please use it, let it get chipped, it’s okay, it means it was loved.” Please enjoy those special things now while your family can use them.

Then I started letting go of many “special” items, I can’t store it when it is not used. What a waste when family members can use it. My granddaughters who are over 20 years of age now are thrilled to set their table like grandma used to do.

They have been taught where to put the salad fork, the dinner fork, the knife, the dessert fork, and the spoon. The goblets go at the tip of the knife, the knife needs to be turned so the sharp edge is toward the plate so as not to cut someone. This brings me joy.

Final Word 

Decluttering the home takes time and effort. It’s not something you can expect to do in one day. However, if you prioritize getting a bit done each day, you can make some significant progress. Before you know it, you’ll have your home looking good again, and you’ll have managed to get rid of all of the clutter for good.

Be sure to stick with simple rules for yourself, such as putting something back when you’re done with it. With that thought in mind, you can keep your home free of clutter. Also, be mindful of what you really “need” and steer clear of those impulse purchases that may bring you short-term pleasure, but then ends up just taking up space, you’ll be glad you did. May God Bless this world, Linda

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