Many homes are simply filled with too many items. Whether they are assets you once needed and no longer do, trinkets that were given to you and so you just keep them, or items that you think one day you might potentially require again, the fact is that most homes simply house too many belongings.
Your home should solely be filled with things that bring you happiness, value, or utility. Everything else is unnecessary.
However, despite most homeowners wanting to declutter, this task can seem like an overwhelming, often painful project. By breaking down the areas of clutter into manageable bits and making a routine, you will be on your way to lighter living.
Here is a daily, weekly and monthly guide to a clutter-free home.
Your daily tasks are going to be more focused on the clutter-appearance in your home. The idea is quite simple; once you have used something, worn something, or finished something, clean it up!
For example, instead of allowing your clothes to pile up on your floor and then rapidly growing into an overwhelming compound, each time you change, hang up your items, place them back into drawers or into a laundry hamper.
Just spending a few minutes each day tidying up will mean that you don't have to waste hours at the end of the week and will ensure that you return home to an organized looking house.
Every day, get in the habit of:
>Cleaning the kitchen after each meal >Hanging up clothes and coats when you change >Putting shoes away in the closet >Placing daily-use items (clothes, books, toys) back in their designated homes >Packing away electronics, papers, and any other work items >Fully-completing projects around the house >Hanging up towels and putting cosmetic products away >Any other small similar tasks that are particular to your home
While daily tasks are focused on maintaining a clutter-free home, weekly and monthly responsibilities are about really diving deeper into the depths of your clutter.
Each month, you should be working on thoroughly decluttering an area of your home (more about that below), and in order to do that, you need to break it down into manageable weekly goals.
So, for example, if this month you are decluttering the living room, then you might break it down into four weekly goals:
Week 1) Tackle the bookshelves Week 2) Organize and declutter the storage furniture Week 3) Declutter mantelpiece and any other areas of the room with accessories Week 4) Rearrange furniture and remove bags of items to be donated or for the trash
Additionally, every week get in the habit of:
>Clearing off and wiping down your nightstand >Cleaning and vacuuming the whole home >Setting weekly goals and making a plan for the week to complete your monthly goals >Each time you come across items that don't work, or you haven't used in a long time, consider what real value they are bringing to your life >Consider using professional local removalists to move any large pieces of furniture
Each month, choose a room in your home to focus on organizing and beautifying. Room by room, thoroughly go through what is actually needed and what no longer suits your style or lifestyle. From this point, you can make changes to furniture, rearrange things, declutter and anything else required to make each space feel like your perfect home.
Shopping wise, if you find it challenging to keep your belongings pared down, consider investing in storage. As it is on view to the world, you are more likely to reconsider adding anything new.
Additionally, don't get sucked in by sales, don't shop for sport, and resist free, unnecessary items. You don't have space for junk!
If you find it challenging to let go of items, then imagine you are embarking on an overseas move, and you can only take the bare minimum. If you wouldn't move something across the world with you, then you probably don't need it in your home today.
Alternatively, if you’re struggling to find space for larger items that you want to keep in the long term, consider a modular mobile storage solution. You can store these precious items without them interfering with the valuable space in your home.
Each month get in the habit of:
>Setting goals and making a plan >Tackling an area of your home to declutter >Filling up at least two bags per area and either donating it or throwing it away if it is trash >Saying a loud "NO" to more clutter coming into your home
While the transformation may seem tedious and time-consuming, it will be worth it when your home is finally clutter-free and feels lighter, fresher, and tidier than ever!
Remember: slow and steady wins the race. As such, it is more important to commit to continually doing a small amount of decluttering each day, than expecting you are going to have the energy to do the whole home in a weekend.
The good news is that the more you become accustomed to decluttering, the less you will want to have clutter in your home and the more comfortable you will become with letting things go.
About the Author:
John Pfeiffer has been the proud owner of Ashtons Removals for over 40 years. His attention to detail, a product of his accountancy background, and his emphasis on training and empowering his team members, has ensured the vast number of Gold Coast families who have been moved by Ashtons Removals, have had their furniture and effects moved undamaged and with minimum fuss.
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