The cabinets are ready to burst, drawers are overflowing and closets are jam packed! With the new year beginning it is time to think about decluttering your home. All I can thing about is simplify things and getting rid of all the clutter. There is no where to put things and it is definitely stressing me out. My house looks a wreck all the time!
I have been putting this project on hold for as long as I could because the thought of doing it seemed a bit overwhelming. However the decluttering has to be done and there is no better time than now. I came up with some strategies to help tackle the clutter head on. By putting a game plan in place you can accomplish the goal with little to no stress. These strategies will help you so don’t be afraid to get organized and beat the clutter!
Pick a Room:
The best way to start decluttering is to do one room at a time. If you are looking at your house as a whole it can be really overwhelming. As a result you may not know where to start. I suggest you start with the room that bothers you the most or the room that you know will be the easiest to clear out the clutter. If you go room by room you won’t feel so stressed. Just make sure to complete one room before you begin the next room.
Use a planner to set goals that are reasonable and can be accomplished easily. Setting yourself up for failure is not a good idea. Your goal should be a realistic one that you know you can do. If your goal is to knockout one room a week or even one room a month then stick to that goal. Your goal can be even easier like decluttering a closet or cabinet each week. They are your goals and if you stick to them you will eventually accomplish your end result, a clutter free home!
Decluttering your home is a great opportunity to make some extra cash. Craigslist or OfferUp are a good way to sell big items and even household items. Name brand clothing or accessories and collectibles can be sold on eBay for a nice profit. Children’s clothes and toys are another easy thing to sell. I like to use the OfferUp app on my phone to sell those types of items. By grouping similar items together like infant toys or a certain clothing size you have a better chance of selling them quickly. If you want to sell things really quick then you may want to have a yard sale or garage sale. It will require a little more work to organize one, but it might be worth it if don’t want to take the time to list items.
Anything can be donated if you don’t have the time are energy to to sell it. You may need to donate items that you have been unsuccessful selling or items that you won’t be able to sell easily. Non name brand clothing, inexpensive toys or random household items are things you can donate to your local thrift store. Be sure to get a receipt anytime you make a donation so you can include it in your tax returns.
Don’t be afraid to throw things away! That empty TV box or broken lamp you have been holding on to for years. Throw them in the trash! There is no reason to hold onto things that are broken or useless. They are just adding to the clutter. Make sure you throw things away in a responsible manner so that things can be disposed of properly to protect our environment. Recycle paper, plastic and glass. Find a local electronic waste event for broken electronics such as TVs and appliances. Return plastic bags to your grocery store or Target. Dispose of used batteries and light bulbs by finding a place that recycles them such as Home Depot or IKEA. Get rid of those piles of papers by shredding them yourself or finding a company to do it.
While decluttering your home you can also organize the things you want to keep. Use bins and storage containers to get things put away neatly. If you have some of your kids old clothes put them in containers by size and label the outside. Keep all of your kids toys in bins and organized them by similarity. If you have a lot of sweaters or blankets you can put them in the under the bed storage boxes. However you choose to organize is totally up to you.
I hope with these strategies you are feeling motivated and ready to tackle the clutter. I know I am! What strategies do you like to use to declutter your home? I would love to hear about them in the comments. If you don’t have time to start decluttering now Pin this for later!