If your home is a mess, due to limited space, and the clutter you keep around, how do you clear this space up? If you have a smaller home, or simply have too many items in it, clutter is going to make the space look unorganized.
These are the top 5 tips to de-clutter your house, and help create an open, airy feel, in any room of the home.
1. Give it away
If you have items sitting in the closet you bought six months ago and never put on, it is likely you never will. Or,if you own several office supplies, which are piled up on the desk and never get used, why keep them in the home. Not only do these items add to the clutter and mess of your home, it is also pointless letting items sit in a room or closet collecting dust, while they could be put to good use by others. Donate to a local charity or organization where you know the items are needed and will be put to good use.
2. Grab a trash bag
Grab a trash bag when de-cluttering and see how quickly you can fill it. Doing this, and timing yourself, will allow you to see which items you truly want, versus those which are just taking up space. Once the bag is full, you will not only see more clear space in the room, but will also realize the items in the bag are items you don’t need, or want. Once filled up, drop those bags off at a Goodwill or charitable organization’s doors.
This is a challenge where you choose: 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 to be returned to their original home. Make it a competition at home, and see who does the best job. Not only will everyone in the home be cleaning up an area of the home, but it also allows you to truly go through your belongings, assess what you own, what you use, don’t use, and which items you truly want to keep, versus those which are just taking up space and making a mess.
4. Four boxes
This method forces you to create four boxes which are: keep, throw out, give away, or relocate. Take everything in the room, and go room by room in the home. If items are left out of the keep box, then you either have to throw them out or give them away. Not only will this show you which items you truly want, it also shows you how much you are spending on items you aren’t using or never used. You will think twice before impulse purchases in the future.
5. The Oprah method
If you have ever watched the Oprah show you are familiar with this. You will hang all your clothing with hangers in the reverse direction, after wearing an item, turn it in the right direction. After a period of 6 months (you can also do it after 3 or 4 months) if the hanger still isn’t flipped over, you probably will never use the item. These are the ones you will give away. You can do this in other rooms of the home as well. With the kids’ toys, supplies, and other items in the home.
Regardless of which rooms in the home are cluttered, these are a few simple techniques to try out, which will help you clear up some space. Plus, you can do something good for those in need, when you give away the items that are just taking up space in the home.
Alternatively, if you simply can’t bring yourself to throw things away, you could consider self storage facilities. There are literally thousands of facilities across the country so you can find some very competitive rates.