10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home
Organizing your entire home may sound overwhelming and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be like that. All you need is the courage to let go of what’s weighing you down, one at a time! Decluttering your home and creating a clear and relieving ambiance don’t necessarily have to happen in a single day, week or month. What matters most is you’re moving forward.
Here are some tips to help you declutter your home:
1. Start with 5 minutes.
The beginning is always the hardest they say. Consider allotting 5 minutes of your day to tidy up a particular area of your home. Over time, you may find yourself extending from 5 minutes to 10 minutes, and so on. The next thing you know, you have decluttered a whole room and you’re ready to start with another.
2. Donate an item day by day.
Aside from throwing out clutter, consider donating some of your stuff. This way, you can share happiness to others, too. If you do this every day, this means that you were able to remove at least 365 items from your home.
3. Establish a sorting system.
Assemble four boxes and label them as for keeps, for re-locating, for donation and for trash. Once you have sorted all the items, you can distribute them to which box they should be in.
4. Overcome sunk cost.
In economics, sunk cost refers to the cost that has been used and cannot be returned. If you apply this in decluttering, these are the things that you have bought, yet you don’t find useful; however, you are keeping it because of the money you spent on it. Get rid of these things by trading or giving them to others.
5. Clear flat surfaces.
Flat surfaces at home are clutter-prone. People tend to place things on countertops and other flat areas to leave there. You can put things there, but limit them to avoid eyesore and to start maintaining a more organized and calming state.
6. Consult yourself if you love it.
If you’re having a hard time to decide if things should go away or not, ask yourself if you love it. Those that go with ‘no’ have to go, except for things with sentimental value.
7. Have a place for everything.
With all the things that you decided to keep, they must be properly stored and kept organized. Keep those things that are most used within reach and learn to put them back after using them. Consider visiting a modern furniture store in Manila should you need more storage furniture.
8. Get rid of broken things.
Eliminate things in your house that are defective. Fix an item if it is fixable, and throw or recycle it if it’s beyond repair, but do not let it clutter your home. You may also consider revamping your furniture choices. There are sets of quality furniture in the Philippines you can buy to replace them with ones with better quality,
9. Group like things together.
Putting similar things together will help you determine what is cluttering your area. This will also make things more accessible, and it creates a better, cleaner appearance.
10. Re-evaluate home decorations.
Home ornaments can make a house look crowded if overdone. Try looking around and differentiate which decorations are beautifying and which ones are cluttering. You can also consider buying living room furniture for a fresh look if you want to tweak it.
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