As much as we buy, we rarely find the opportunity to discard what we don’t need. Resultantly, our homes fill up with more and more stuff.
Half of the work in cleaning depends on organizing and tidying, and, frankly, it is a lot more challenging to clean a space when it is disorganized and cluttered. So, if you want to reach the decluttering Nirvana, the below-given list will help you get there! If your house is overflowing with items and stuff that you no longer need, you are here at the right place.
Instead of treating decluttering like a once-in-a-lifetime thing, treat it as something that you do regularly. By doing so, you will save much on the consequently accumulated trash. If you don’t pay attention, you will eventually need the professional expertise of an asbestos removalist.
We recommend keeping two baskets at a convenient yet concealed location, such as your garage, store, or laundry area. The purpose of the first basket is to keep the stuff that is on the 100% “I am donating this stuff” list. It can be anything, such as shirts, jewelry, stationery, and kitchen utensils.
The purpose of the other basket is the “I am not 100% sure whether I am donating or not” station. In this second basket, the stuff just kind of sits there until you make a solid decision. If you need something from that pile, you can just take it from the basket. However, every few months, have a look at it, and if you haven’t touched the stuff in there, it is time to declutter, donate, or sell (if you want).
After you figure out what is causing the cluttering you can hire home builders to remodel your kitchen and create more appropriate space, so it won’t get so messy again.
Decluttering Magazines & Newspaper
Magazines and newspapers are something that really takes up space and causes clutter. While magazines might contain interesting articles, great recipes, and amazing outfits contained in printed materials, the truth is that keeping all of that stuff stored at home doesn’t only look terrible, but it is also a fire hazard. Besides, you don’t need all of it anyway.
Only three things are required to declutter. Firstly, you must come up with a strategy for when you are actually going to sit down and read those magazines and newspapers. For instance, you might want to read the magazines during your evening tea, or, right before you call it a day and go to bed. This way, you won’t make a big pile of the unread magazines and newspapers that you will “someday get to”; you will actually get to read them.
While reviewing the magazines and newspapers, you may clip out anything that you really like, such as recipes, and put them into a plastic sheet. Later, organize them in a binder as your customized cookbook. Afterward, figure out who else would like to read those magazines and newspapers. Is it family members, some doctor’s office, someone at your workplace?
Just take the pile and get rid of it!
Decluttering Your Closet
The cycle of buying stuff and stopping wearing stuff in different seasons is never-ending. Untouched clothes that you randomly bought but stopped liking and wearing will keep happening too! After every spring cleaning that most people do, there are loads of things in their closets that they either don’t want or don’t need.
However, there is a really good way to keep track of the clothing items that you are actually wearing or not. It’s quite simple. All you need to do is to use your hangers strategically. Normally, people hang the hanger with the hook facing the closet wall. But this strategy requires you to hang the clothing with the hook facing you.
Each time a garment is worn off that hanger, flip it around and make it face the world. After each season or a few months, you will start seeing what you are wearing and what you are not wearing. This trick can help anyone definitively part with the clothes they are no longer wearing.
Decluttering the Kitchen
The funny thing about the kitchen is that it can look very clean on the surface, but the real focusing point is what lurks inside the kitchen drawers and cupboards. For instance, the utensil drawer can be a bit of a freak show. And even after loads of rumbling through the drawer, you might not find your desired utensil. If this sounds similar, the chances are high that you might have to dig a lot if you need anything.
That said, to prevent your food from burning and finding the spatula on time, you need to figure out what you actually need and what you can get rid of. To declutter the drawer, you may want to take out everything and put them in a basket. Leave the basket containing all utensils on the kitchen counter for thirty days. Anything you might need, you will take it from the basket, use it, wash it, and place it back into the previously emptied kitchen drawer.
At the end of the 30 days, analyze the basket and take anything that you might need on an occasional basis, such as a turkey baster that is literally used only once a year. Typically, the things that will be left behind in the basket will be some rusty potato peeler or some old pair of salad tongs.
Get rid of that clutter immediately.
Besides, organizing without minimizing has some major shortcomings that no one really considers. While seeking big baskets to keep things more organized is somewhat only a temporary solution, the essence of decluttering your house often relies more on de-owning things that have no use in the house. The rarely used possessions just sit on shelves or are stored in big containers in the basement, which is why the focus should be equally placed on de-owning rather than organizing and decluttering.