Needing some help decluttering your home? Check out our tips on how you can live with less in each room.
You look around in despair and realize that no amount of cleaning and rearranging is going to sort out your things. You simply have too much stuff. The good news is that you can do without.
Minimalist living isn’t just sustainable, it is also entirely practical. It can be difficult, but once you begin, you’ll feel lighter with every inch of space that you declutter. It is therapeutic and incredibly relaxing. Once you get into a groove, you’ll have checked every item off the list.
So, buckle up: we’re going to show you how to declutter your house one room at a time.
Let’s begin with the heart of the house. The kitchen is the core of the house and the center for all activity. We as humans revolve around food and we tend to be drawn to places where we can get food and refreshment. It is also the most cluttered part of the home.
Start at one end of the kitchen and sort your things into zones or by type. These will all be personal choices and it will be up to you how you choose to sort through your things. This is how it will go: Open the top cabinets and go through every item.
Do you really need 12 plates? Will 6 be enough? The rule is that you haven’t used it in the past 6 months, then it probably needs to go. When was the last time you needed that many plates anyway? Is that huge freezer really necessary? Downsize with a compact freezer or microwave.
Check out our guide to small kitchens. There are some great ideas that can instantly declutter your worktop.
This is a difficult room to keep clean. This is a hive of activity and you’re probably tripping over toys or cringing at the entertainment area as we speak. This should be easy. Anything that isn’t supposed to be there, take it out.
The entertainment cabinet should not be overflowing. Store what can be stored, and get rid of the rest. Do you really need a large collection of CD’s or DVDs anyway? Could you get them recycled? In today’s day and age, you could probably transfer all that content onto a hard drive or two and never lose your collection.
Now, have the entire family come in and take away their things. Don’t worry, their turn is coming. A good idea might be to increase your storage space. If your child is prone to playing in the living room, why not have a nice basket where they can put all their toys when they’re done?
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Sigh. You’re going to have to declutter all your paper, aren’t you? Yes. Shred it, burn it, throw it away or recycle it. Recycle it, please. This is often the most tedious part because you must read each piece of paper and decide whether or not it is important.
But once you’re done with it, you’re going to feel good about life. Repeat this to yourself if necessary. By learning how to organize your home office, you might even notice your productivity increase too.
It is ironic that you clutter up your garage with things you don’t need but park your expensive car in the driveway. Well, no more. Get the family involved and sort through the clutter. This can be fun and you’ll be able to reminisce about times gone by.
Set up shelves and buy storage boxes. There are things that you’re going to want to keep, but there are things that will have to go. Donate your old things to thrift stores, or have old toys recycled. You could even hold a garage sale and make a pretty penny off old things you didn’t even remember you had.
Entryways and Foyers
Imagine walking in and having a designated spot for your keys, your coat, and your mail. Now, go make that dream a reality. Take away things that do not have to be there and come up with unique ways to give every item a designated spot.
Some people have a bench and put their boots underneath, this is stylish and practical. Set up a coat rack and have a key bowl. The world is your oyster, go nuts.
This will be the hardest area to declutter, but think of it this way: you’re clearing out the old to make room for the new. You don’t need those clothes that you wore as a teenager and you don’t need that one regrettable purchase you made on the spur of the moment.
If you haven’t worn it in 6 months, or you don’t fit into it anymore, get rid of it. You don’t need to have anything left but the bare minimum, but be honest with yourself—could this be used better in someone else’s closet? Do you really need it?
You need to clear out your bedside table. It is time. We both know it. Bills, books and all manner of clutter that should not be there has been piling up. Throw away and put away. This will be your motto until your room looks as good as it is meant to.
Remove the clothes from hanging over the chair and put it away. Organize your bookshelf and file those bills. Trust me, you’ll be sleeping like a baby tonight.
Storage, storage, storage. Get each member of the family a toiletries bag and have them keep it in their room. Stack your towels neatly if they’re part of the decoration, and decide how many you really need anyway.
Remember, a bathroom is also a place where we can save a lot of water and recycle. See how a composting toilet can reduce your impact on the environment.
They say that change is as good as a holiday, and the fact is that you need the change. Decluttering your home may seem daunting—until you have started. It is one of the most freeing experiences you will ever encounter. Don’t be weighed down by clutter, free up your life, give yourself from space. Recycle, give away or have a garage sale—you won’t regret it.
Finally, it is no longer a mess.