Have you ever found yourself walking into your house and feeling a bit claustrophobic? Not because you don’t have enough rooms in your house, but because they are filled with so much stuff? When it gets to a place that nothing other than your furniture has a designated spot, you have just entered into the realm of having a lot of clutter. The good news is that although it may appear to be a bit overwhelming, there are things that you can do to restore a sense of order into your house. Here are five easy and straightforward tips to get you started.
5 Tips for Dealing With Clutter in Your Home
Downsize. Do you need all of the shoes in your closet? How about the five raincoats for your child, all of the landscaping equipment in your garage or the seven junk drawers in the various rooms of your house? The truth is that a lot of the things that we’re “saving for later” usually end up being nothing but a bunch of stuff that’s taking up some much-needed space. So, set aside a weekend, order some pizza, turn up the music and have everyone go through what they have and put them into three different piles: what to keep, what to throw away and what to donate to a local non-profit or Goodwill.
Use less paper. If most of us are honest with ourselves, a lot of our clutter is due to papers being all over the place. Thanks to the Internet, email, and computer software make it possible for us not to need to write everything down. So, as much as possible, do yourself and the environment a favor by filling, organizing and communicating online instead of in (paper) print.
Shop smarter. Here’s the thing about a trend: It’s called that because it’s something that is temporarily famous. Getting into the habit of purchasing clothes that are trendy is bound to leave you with a ton of articles that you will either only wear once or will still have the price tags on them two years later. Instead, opt for purchasing pieces that are a more “long-term classic” in their appearance. Something like a dark pair of denim jeans will last you much longer than a “mullet dress.”
Use your storage. When it comes to junk removal, sometimes we get places like our garages and attics confused with our actual trash bins. Storage areas are not places to throw items that we don’t want to deal with in. They are for storing up items that we will use at another time (within the year). So, when it comes to your garage and attics and even the storage bins that you’ve purchased, make sure to put items that you want and need to them, not things that you really can do without.
Upcycle. If you’re not familiar with the word, it’s an upgrade for recycling. Rather than taking something and donating it, purchasing something used or putting it a trash compartment that will reuse it, upcycling is about taking a used item and making it better. So, if you have a pair of pants and you need some new shorts, rather than buy some new ones, transform your pants. Or, if your toddler has some shirts that are on their last leg, upcycle them into cleaning rags. The less you buy, the less clutter you’ll have and upcycling supports that mindset brilliantly.