Everybody want to have a clutter free home but sometimes it becomes very difficult to decide which stuff we want and what we should throw away. Cluttering is a method that respects the environment. So always favor an ecological solution and exchange, recycle, give, rather than throw away. Above all, you must have no qualms about cleaning up. Do not hesitate to take your time and also do this in “small steps” when you hesitate to take the plunge, ask yourself a few useful questions:
• What value does this a particular thing really have in my eyes?
• How is it useful? Useless? What does it bring me to have it?
• What does it cost me to keep it? What am I afraid of?
• What do I need to relieve this fear?
20 PRACTICAL STEPS TO FREE YOUR HOME FROM CLUTTERS
THINK BEFORE YOU DECLUTTER THE HOUSE
Do not rush to start this huge task of removing cluttering from your home. Watch everything you have to do. Make task lists for each room. Establish an order of importance. Think about the type of storage you prefer, visit inspiring websites and stores to find great ideas. Then only … get started without hurrying! It is better to take time to reflect so that your work is then really well done!.
WORK ROOM BY ROOM IN THE HOUSE
Do not rush to declutter all the rooms of your house at the same time, you would only do a partial work, everywhere! It is not effective! It is better to make one piece a day than to take a day to try to do it all. You will be more satisfied afterward.
BE WELL EQUIPPED TO DECLUTTER THE HOUSE
To purify your space, before you even need a bucket, rags or broom, you will need two large bags (“throwaway” and “recycle”) and three bins (“give away”, “for sale “And” to be classified elsewhere. These are your five best friends to effectively declutter. As soon as a bin or bag is full, you need to manage it. No accumulation!
BET ON THE BOXES
For efficient cleaning, try not to feel overwhelmed by the objects by storing the maximum in boxes of different sizes. There are some very pretty ones that you can leave on the shelves of your libraries. Do not forget to put labels to avoid opening them all when the time comes to find something.
TAKE A MORNING TOUR
Once you have purified your decor, worry about maintaining your storage with a simple daily morning tour. It is often in the morning that you have clear ideas and that you notice what is lying around. Throw, reclassify or prune again! You will start your day with a new lightness.
TARGET STRATEGIC PLACES TO REVIEW OFTEN
Accept that your entire household needs to be redone often. Some tasks will always have to be started again. You can almost never declare that they are finished. Stop fighting and accept this fact: you will feel better. Target these places – often where you are often like the entrance near the main door, the kitchen counter, the bathroom, etc. and try to find tricks to make the objects less visible. Put a bin to store the keys or buy a bench with an opening to store shoes.
CLEAN YOUR FRIDGE
Clean the refrigerator regularly and you will save yourself spending hours doing it once (or twice) once a year. It is not the most pleasant task, but it is useful. A clever idea? Slide bins on your shelves: you will spend less time washing them.
HUNT “DEAD” OBJECTS
Get rid of orphan shoes of their like (and stockings, too!), Broken or irreparably broken objects, missing pieces of equipment and all those things whose useful life is gone. You will see your house is full of them! You have a fancy (like many people) to keep them for “just in case” who never come.
CLEAN UP YOUR PHARMACY
Here’s a big job! You pile up many jars of half-empty pills, syrups for all types of colds, remedies for stomach aches and many other medicines. Start by taking everything out and spread the entire contents on a large table. It’s all crazy what you pile up in your pharmacy. Purify everything by first checking the expiration dates. Go bring the medications you want to get rid of at the pharmacy; do not throw them in the trash or the toilet.
CLEAN YOUR BEDSIDE TABLE
To accentuate your feeling of freedom and lightness, purify your bedside table. It’s the first thing you see when you get up. Make sure it is representative of the state of well-being you are looking for. Do not allow it to be messy anymore: it undermines your morale. Good idea: put a plant in it to brighten it up.
ELIMINATE SURPLUS IN THE KITCHEN
You have many more cups than you actually use! Same thing for the accumulation of plates or small dishes! Also, you keep certain kitchen appliances because you believe “maybe it could be used one day”. Can’t seem to get rid of it? Put those you rarely use, in the basement, in a box, you will see if you really miss them. If in a year you haven’t used it: get rid of it. You will save space in your cupboards.
GATHER THE LIKES
When your house is in disarray, you waste many minutes searching for various items every day! Classify as a “group”. Group similar objects in one place. Think before you go to find the best place and also an efficient storage style. Do it for instruction manuals for all your devices, magazines, books borrowed from the library, gamepads.
PRUNE TANGIBLE MEMORIES
The best memories are the ones you keep in mind and not all the trinkets you bring back. Try to prune certain memories that clutter you more than they serve you. Difficult task? Take a photo to immortalize this object and create an album where you can write the “history” of the memory. But you will save a lot of space as well! And get into the habit of bringing back fewer “bébelles” from your next trips.
You surely have a tote drawer in your kitchen, a submerged table in your living room and cupboards under the overflowing sinks! These are the places where you throw everything you have on hand that you don’t want to hang around … Bad habit! Organize these places to make better use of them: put bins, supports, boxes, etc. You must reclaim these spaces in order to make them less messy.
TIDY UP WORKSPACES
Admit that your workspace is under piles of paper, invoices, and notes, under post-its, circulars, and pages of magazines, under pencils, USB keys, and a stapler, etc. In short, you have to search to find it. Make a real cleaning to free up a maximum of space. You will see, you will feel that your ideas will also be clearer.
BE EVEN MORE CLEVER
Use the hidden spaces to the maximum. For example, put hooks behind the doors and hanging shoe storage that can hold all the DIY materials for children. Consider installing mini-shelves on the interior panels of the cabinets to deposit your spices.
ORGANIZE WARDROBES AND CUPBOARDS
Surely you have too many clothes. Also, you don’t have to have everything on hand at all times: your woolen sweaters can spend the summer months elsewhere than in your bedroom wardrobe. Rotate seasonally. Store all of the family’s “off-season” clothing in one place to simplify your task.
TIDY UP THE DECORATIONS BETTER
Christmas or Halloween decorations: you buy too many because you never find them in time! Take a moment to think about the most effective way to classify and find them. You will save money, save space and be calmer as the next holidays approach.
DEVELOP NEW REFLEXES
To do punctual work on your land, to make a recipe or to renovate, you need certain tools or devices. Instead of rushing to the store to buy them, rent them, borrow them or barter. A new way to have access to everything you need without cluttering up.
ADOPT A NEW RULE
To avoid being invaded again by objects and feeling cramped at home, adopt this new very simple rule: “If an object enters the house, another must come out!” You will better understand the difference between the useful and the necessary and you will buy less and keep control of everything around you. One way to do yourself and your wallet good.
Cluttering free living rooms, closets, kitchen, wardrobe and so on, the task does not seem very attractive. And yet, what do we feel better when we have cleared up and that is the joy. Apartment Therapy has a great article you might want to read: The 10 Commandments of a Clutter-Free Life