A simplified, uncluttered life with less stuff is an idea that sounds appealing to many. There are plenty of benefits of owning fewer possessions. For example, you have less to clean, it’s easier to organize things, which results in less stress. You also have more money, time, and energy to do things that you enjoy. It sounds perfect, but, as with everything else, the beginning is the hardest part.
Here are some interesting and useful ideas on how to maximize space and successfully de-clutter your home.
Make a list
A good way to start is creating a list of places in your home that need to be de-cluttered. This list may vary depending on the area you’re working on, whether it’s drawers, closets, or rooms. A simple list could easily fit into any schedule. Start with the easiest, and once you’re done with one area, stop. It would be overwhelming to do everything at once and you won’t get much job done.
A neat nightstand
Open your drawers one by one and see whether they are in order. Empty most of them and get rid of all the things you don’t really need or use. By collecting things that you don’t actually need, you create mess and chaos. Either throw the items away or give them away to someone who can make use of them. Divide your nightstand and find a place for your glasses and beauty products, while leaving the top free for lamp, books and phone.
To identify garments to clear out, try out Oprah Winfrey Closet Hanger Experiment. Hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear a piece, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard. This experiment could also be applied to a number of clutter areas in your home, including cleaners, toys, tools, hobbies and craft items.
Many people have problems with overly deep storage spaces that make it difficult to reach anything but those sheets and towels right in front. Rolling shelves are a great option for easy access to things. They have lips tall enough to contain even spare pillows and they maximize space, making it easy to put away and grab folded things. This is an effective and cheap solution for those who don’t have a closet dedicated to linens.
Basements are usually cramped with all kinds of stuff you don’t need but that prevent you from finding what you’re looking for. Clear out the basement of unnecessary things you don’t use anymore. Use the basement space for storing things you don’t use during the entire year, such as holiday decorations and Christmas trees.
Take standard white cardboard boxes and label them so that you can easily find what you need. If you don’t have a basement, you can rent a storage unit. You can store as much furniture and items as you want, as long as it fits inside the container.
It can be so frustrating to see piles of paperwork lying around. An office on wheels enables you to sort and file wherever you are. Whether you’re hanging out with your family, watching TV, or sitting in the sunshine, your mobile helper is always next to you. Another advantage of this piece is that it has a limited surface space that holds only essential items, thus preventing clutter and encouraging you to recycle while you work.
When it comes to reorganizing your home, many people find it difficult to get rid of the extra stuff. No matter which of these ideas you use to get started, bear in mind the final goal- fresh and clutter-free living environment.