If one of your New Year’s goals is to get- and stay- organized, decluttering your home is likely at the top of your to-do list. Not to mention, if you’re considering putting your house on the market in the near future, decluttering now will save you a lot of time and hassle when you’re ready to list.
The idea of an uncluttered life with less possessions means less organizing, less stress and less cleaning throughout the year. A well-organized home can lead to higher levels of productivity, a better night’s sleep and overall enhanced wellness.
It’s easy to see why a simplified, uncluttered lifestyle is attractive to so many, but when it comes down to the actual act of decluttering, many homeowners let it fall by the wayside. Here are 5 steps to take to declutter your home for the new year.
1. Tackle One Space at a Time
The thought of decluttering your entire home in one go can be overwhelming. Instead, take your house one space at a time. The most important thing is that you start. Make a list of areas that are in need of decluttering and organization, and set start and completion dates for each space.
Scheduling in and giving yourself a timeline will ensure you’re more likely to finish your decluttering project in a timely manner, and not get overwhelmed trying to do too much at once.
2. Create a Sorting System
You’ll want to create a sorting system when you start decluttering. As you’re going through each room or space, make piles for items you’re going to either keep, donate, sell or toss/recycle. This system urges you to make a decision item by item, and ensures you aren’t left with a bigger mess than you started out with.
3. Follow The 12 Month Rule
When you’re going through your belongings, ask yourself the last time you used or wore something. If it has been longer than a year, it’s time to get rid of it. Parting ways with your possessions can be tough, but if you’re devoted to living an uncluttered life, you’re going to have to toss a few items. Get rid of the things that are taking up space and aren’t being used.
4. Invest in Trendy Storage Solutions
Once you’ve organized and sorted your belongings, you’ll likely still have items that need to be stored. Invest in trendy storage like wicker baskets, open shelving or a storage bench. If your home lacks storage, these solutions can be a quick fix to help you get organized in style.
5. Make a Post-Declutter Plan
Now that you have boxes for the donation bin and bags of items to recycle or throw away, schedule time to get everything out of your house. The last thing you want is to do all that work just to end up with the same amount of stuff taking up space in another part of your home.
Another plan-ahead tip? To ensure you’re not back at square one next year, make a plan for organizing incoming items. For example, where will you keep your bills and paperwork? Where will you store new toys your kids get for their birthday? Having a set place for new belongings will ensure you stay organized!
If you’re having trouble getting started with decluttering, use these tips and tricks to get your home free of clutter and create a gorgeous space, whether you’re staying put or getting ready to move!