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There’s nothing more satisfying than finally getting round to sifting through the clutter that’s accumulated in your home over time.
As the new year rolls in, it's important to cleanse your living space. An organized space leaves plenty of room for free-time and mental clarity. Research shows that an organized home and workspace helps creativity.
Clean space, clear mind, right? Whatever the reason for your decluttering, we’ve got home (and mind) organization tips for you.
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Break it down
Before you even get started, the first thing to do is make a plan of action. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your house won’t be decluttered in one either.
One of the best approaches to home organization involves dealing with things room by room. That way, you can adjust your schedule accordingly. Whether you have two hours or 15 minutes to declutter, it's important to strategize your organization so that you make the most progress.
If you tell yourself you're going to tackle the entire house in one evening, your mind will likely become overwhelmed with the amount of work there is to be done.
Work with categories
Regardless of the room that you’re sorting, you want to put your belongings into the correct category. Some things can be thrown out, others can be donated/sold and the rest is probably what you want to keep. We recommend picking up some inexpensive storage buckets for this step, that way you can assign one bucket to each category and keep things orderly.
Once you’ve placed everything into the correct category, you take time to put the ‘keep’ items where they need to be. The mind likes to make difficult tasks easier, so allowing yourself three clear options is a simple way to remove the stress from the job.
don’t be too easy on yourself
While mental sanity is important during this process, it's also a good time to dig deep and truly question your material decisions. Do you really need that stuffed animal your ex-boyfriend's niece gifted you? It's difficult to get rid of sentimental items, but ask yourself if you've moved on from certain memories. Really assess what you need to keep and stick to that assessment. If you don’t have much space, there’s no point storing bulky exercise equipment you never use.
Likewise, limit the keepsakes. There are plenty of ideas for DIY projects for repurposing old items. For example, if you've kept every birthday card a relative has ever given you, consider cutting out the personal note and creating a scrapbook. Not only will this allow you to create something unique and express your creativity, but you'll also avoid the emotional turmoil of throwing these items away.
Invest in some storage
Once everything is sorted, take stock of your storage options. Invest in things like plastic bins for out-of-season clothing and tuck them under beds or in the bottom of closets. Buy some hanging racks for the garage and keep your tools in view and in order. Consider adding shelves in the bathroom or kitchen to create more storage in small spaces.
Aim for neutrality
Your house should be Switzerland. No, not full of cheese - neutral! Keeping work spaces neutral, helps leave space in your mind for creativity. Bright colors and textures are great in some spaces, but can be very distracting in an office setting.
Get professional help
Perhaps you’re short on time, but have some disposable income to spare. In that case, you could consider hiring a professional to clear out and help. You’ll still need to be on hand for the sorting stage, but once that’s done, they can optimize your space and get things looking shipshape. This is especially useful if you’re working to a deadline, like a house viewing.
Prepare to keep on top of things
A tidy house won’t stay that way forever. You need to work at keeping it that way. So, try and weave a spot of tidying and decluttering into your daily routine from now on, whether you hired a professional to help the first time around or not!
With these tips and tricks in mind, you’ll be able to declutter your house and turn it into a liveable space. By clearing out the clutter, you allow yourself more space to think clearly and creatively.
Tell us in the comments sections below…what room in your house needs decluttering? My answer below…