How to Declutter Your Home

10 Steps You Need to Do Before You Clean and Declutter

Everyone wants a clean space. However, with the limited time that we have in our hands, actually starting decluttering can be a little hard. We spot the clutter and pass. Eventually, cleaning gets pushed back and never completed. If you are having a hard time starting, there are a few things that you can do. Set your mind, save a day, put on your gear, and start cleaning using these easy steps. These steps are to do!

1. Do an Inspection and Make a Plan?

Make a visual inspection of your house. Begin with decluttering small rooms like garage or bathroom to avoid getting overwhelmed. If the bath sink is overflowing with stuff, consider an over toilet storage.

Strategic organizers like over toilet storage are good space savers. This storage is a wall shelf with materials that do not easily corrode and is water-resistant. You can store toiletries, linen, and other products in it. Look to maximize living space and check for damages on your furniture, fixtures, and accessories. Make a list of repairs and the needed materials or supplies to be used to get the room tidy.

2. Tackle One Room at a Time

As stated above, start with small rooms or prioritize the rooms that need immediate attention. If you think all the rooms are in a dire state, clean the room that will allow you to move around comfortably and enable the cleaning process. Enlist help if needed. If you live with family, get everyone on board. Remove items that pose a safety risk before doing anything.

3. Sort Your Items

Sometimes we hold on to things for too long. These little things accumulate and fill every corner of the room. You would have to make a choice and get rid of stuff to free storage space. Separate your items into trash, donate, and keep boxes. If it is broken beyond repair or expired throw it away. Donate items in good condition that you have not touched or used in years. Keep the things you use regularly.

4. Categorize

Take your ‘to keep’ pile and further group these items according to use or description. Do this with your everyday items like kitchenware, tools, toys, and books. You can also categorize by item size, color, or sub-category for multiple items. Prepare a junk drawer for the miscellaneous items. Limit it to a small box, a drawer, or two as it might derail organizing and become a dumping space for clutter.

5. Give Everything a Home

Maximize the space made available after you discard items. Divide your existing cabinets or closets. Hangers and hooks can be tacked on walls or behind doors for extra space. Have a staging area for items you are not so sure where it will fit. Store things according to how you categorized them. You can purchase organizers or make partitions and cabinets. Place the most used items in the front or top part of your organizers.

6. Label Appropriately

It is best to use the uniform font, font size, and font color for your labels. Make sure the words are readable and visible. You can also use images or colors to represent items that are in your storage. Your labels should not fall off. Clean the surface where you will be placing your labels first and use strong stick tape or adhesives. The labels should be placed where it is noticeable.

7. Do Regular Clean-up

Do not let things pile up. Make it a habit to clean right after you cook, use the bathroom or play in whatever room. Wash, dry, fold, and keep clothes immediately to avoid having them strewn across the place. Do the same with dishes or tools you use in the garden. Return items to their proper places right after using them. 

8. Avoid Impulse Buying

Window shopping could trigger impulse buying. If you are that kind of person steer clear of shopping malls, thrift stores, and bargain sales. Sales are good but buy more items that might end up crammed somewhere inside your closets. Go for walks in parks or look for a hobby that will engage your thinking or have you moving like. This is not to say you cannot spend on what you want. Set a certain budget for buying one item you like

9. Set Rules

Sit with everyone in your household and agree upon a set of rules in regards to keeping the house clean and in order.  Make cleaning schedules and try to rotate tasks. This will establish a routine that would minimize complaints and would be the basis of rewards or consequences. Every member living in the same house should feel responsible for his or her own living space and the shared areas.

10. Do not Be Too Hard on Yourself

Having a clean living or working space should take off stress not add more to it. Before you attempt to clean make your goals realistic. Consider other factors that will affect cleanliness. You could end up frustrated and angry if you attempt too much at once. It is difficult to stay organized at all times. Being able to clean is already an achievement. Maintaining a clean space is a habit formed over time.