If you want some tips to declutter your home, then I have some for you that are really going to work well. At least, they did for me! One year ago, I was your typical “clutter-bug”. I kept everything, thinking that at some time in the future I would actually use it, or that it would be worth something. Boxes lined the walls of my rooms (still from the last move), and knick-knacks covered the coffee tables to the point that to put down a drink, I would have to move something aside. The TV remote – lost. The floor – almost lost. I needed to do something. And I so I got to work. I can proudly say that I am not a clutter bug any longer! And I have some great tips to declutter your home that hopefully will do wonders for you too!
Use the clock to your advantage. If you have a pile of random papers, or a box full of who-knows-what, declutter it in 5 minutes. Give yourself ONLY that amount of time, and work as fast as you can. It is truly amazing how much you can throw out or put away in 5 minutes! This particularly helped me with my stacks of papers. 5 minutes didn’t give me time to look over, re-read, or get distracted by the contents.
Invite over a carefully chosen guest. You know how there are certain friends or family members that you sort of want to impress? Well, use that to your advantage. Make your house a place you can be proud of, once again.
Give yourself a budget to work with. I found that my bathroom looked just too cluttered, so I bought several matching decorative boxes to put on my shelves, and the items that I needed to keep went into those boxes. The difference was impressive! Other items I purchased were a stand-alone pantry cupboard, which went in the playroom (it fits a TON of games, and hides the clutter when you close the doors), and under-the-bed storage containers.
Put up a large bulletin board, and neatly arrange all of your random photographs, cards, mementos, and what-not on it. This will organize the clutter on your fridge and mantel, and wherever else those photos seem to land.
There are several more tips to declutter your home that worked very well for me, but these four are my favorites, without which I would still have to label myself as a clutter-bug. I must say, I LOVE my house now that I have been able to get it all in order – and you will love yours too!