Even when you are a tidy person, things may begin to pile up inside your home over time. It can be challenging to keep everything organized when you are so busy. Below are some guidelines for how to declutter your home.

Declutter Your Home a Little Per Day

If you are overwhelmed by the clutter in your home, chip away at it one day at a time. Take 10 minutes per day and declutter a small area, like a drawer, medicine cabinet, or desk. When you accomplish minor victories like this, it will encourage you to continue decluttering.

View Your Home Through the Eyes of a First-Time Visitor

Look at your home as a first-time visitor would see it. Upon entry to your home, note your first impressions regarding the cleanliness and organization of your home. Any areas that look messy should be put on your list of places to declutter.

Create a Decluttering Checklist

When going through your house, prioritize areas that need work and add these notes to your list. If you start with a checklist that prioritizes problem areas, you’ll be more efficient. These notes will provide a map of how to declutter your home.

Take Before and After Photos of a Small Area

Take two pictures of each area that needs attention. The first picture will show how the area looks before decluttering and the second will document the same area after you’ve finished. Once you see how much progress you can make in a short amount of time, you’ll be motivated to do more.

Donate Clothes You Never Wear

Many of us have closets full of clothes that we don’t wear. Either sort through your closets all at one time, which can be a big job, or go through them as you pick out clothes each day and decide what to donate.

Many people want to hang on to their clothes for sentimental reasons or because they think they will wear them in the future. However, if you donate the clothes you’ve not worn in the past year, you’ll have more room to store clothing you really love.

Get Help From Friends to Declutter Your Home

We tend to accumulate a lot of items not because we need them, but because we have an emotional attachment to them. Asking a friend to help you is often helpful in eliminating things that you would keep for emotional reasons since they won’t have the same bias.

It can take some time to declutter your home, but by approaching the process regularly and with a system, you’ll create a tidier home with more room for storage.

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