Steps To A Clutter Free Home

Steps To A Clutter Free Home

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Have you ever looked around your home and wonder where  all the stuff come from?  I have! I’ve also thought about all the time and energy it takes to keep it cleaned and organized and the money I wasted on it!

They seemed like a good deal at the time but the contentment   is short lived. The cute shoes that we on sale aren’t as cute strewn by the door.  The legos you got for the kids lose appeal as you step on another one in your bare feet for the third time in one week.

 

 

Here is a process that will help you win the battle of clutter and keep it under control for good!

 

THE PROCESS

Take an Inventory

  You are literally going to have to go through your belongings and decide what you are going to keep and what you are getting rid of.  Be ruthless about it, the more stuff you keep, the more you have to maintain.

Get rid of those things that you are not using, they are cluttering your space. If you haven’t used something in the past year, chances are you are not going to need it.

Purge yourself of things that you have duplicates of.  Figure out what quantity you actually need and get rid of the rest. For example, how many jeans do you need? Or how many towels? We tend to accumulate large quantities of certain thing.  Be realistic and only keep what you need.

You may also run across some sentimental items, you will have to use your discretion for this. Be realistic about it, if you are going to regret getting rid of an item that is sentimental and cannot be replaced, its better to hold on to it a little longer.  Just remember its the memory that is bringing you joy, not the item.

Go  through this process until you have completed each room. Some people decide to complete this step in a day, some in a weekend or a month.   Personally, I find it easiest to go through the whole house in a day and repeat the process in a week or two if needed.

 

Decide What to Do With Items That Must Go

As you are going through this process and have identified the items you will be parting with and sort them into three piles: Donate, Sell, and Trash (for items that are no longer usable.

Donate – Consider donating your items to charity. Local animal shelters are usually always looking for towels and blankets. Call them to find out. Some charities have local drop off locations and some will even pick your items up curbside.

Another option for donating is to people you know personally that can benefit from your items. Let someone else enjoy it for awhile.

Sell –  Sell some of your items to recoup some of your hard earned cash.

  • Have a yard sale
  • Sell on Facebook
  • Ebay
  • Take your items to a consignment shop
  • Rent space at a flea market

 Organize Kept Items

Everything you keep should have its own place.  You should be down to only the items you use and love.  Further purge if you are finding this is not the case.  You are going to continue to have clutter if you continue to keep stuff you don’t have a place for.

 Clean Your New Found Space

Once you have finished the process of purging and organizing you should find you have much more open space than previously.  Clean thoroughly, it will be much easier without the clutter.

 

After Decluttering

Implement A System to Prevent Future Clutter

You are going to have to implement a system to prevent this from happening aging. Your future self will thank you for it.  It could be something as simple as making a rule that prohibits bringing an item in without sending one out.  Really think about your purchases. Do you really need it? Can you do without it?

Lastly, find fun and creative ways to spend your free time other than shopping. These are the things that make memories!

 

 

Cherish each other, not things!

Please share any tips or methods you have tried by commenting below. I would love to hear from you!

11 Comments

  • Bar

    May 15, 2017 at 4:34 pm Reply

    I really need to take some time and do this! Looking around me now it is very obvious I need to declutter!

  • Shelby @Fitasamamabear

    May 15, 2017 at 4:56 pm Reply

    I actually do this 1-2x per year because it just feels SO good to get rid of the random stuff that you keep for no real reason!

  • Lil @DIYtoWealth

    May 15, 2017 at 8:46 pm Reply

    The last line is the most important – cherish each other, cherish memories, don’t cherish things. This reminds me of the KonMari method – keep only things that spark joy in your life 🙂 Great read!

  • Daneen

    May 15, 2017 at 9:40 pm Reply

    I do this every spring–this year I am focusing on my closet. It’s so poorly organized and cluttered, I hate even opening the doors LOL Will definitely use some of your advice!

  • Stephanie

    May 15, 2017 at 11:02 pm Reply

    Finding this post couldn’t have come at a better time. I’ve been feeling pretty overwhelmed with everything I own right now. I’ve been trying to organize and declutter a lot of it. I’ll definitely be using these tips!
    -Stephanie | http://www.nudelipdiaries.com

  • Bethany

    May 17, 2017 at 9:59 am Reply

    Great tips! I am currently in the process of getting my house under control and decluttering is definitely on the list of things to do. .

  • MJ

    May 18, 2017 at 10:35 am Reply

    Great ideas! I have four kids and they just seem to accumulate so much stuff!

  • Stevie

    May 18, 2017 at 11:10 am Reply

    These are great tips to unclutter your home! I should probably spend the weekend doing this, but like you mentioned, it does take time to do so!

  • Kim

    June 24, 2017 at 7:24 pm Reply

    Thanks. I needed this badly! !!

  • Katie

    March 1, 2018 at 8:42 am Reply

    This is going to transform my spring cleaning/organizing approach.

    • happyhomeacre

      March 2, 2018 at 12:49 pm Reply

      Thanks Katie! I am glad you liked it! Happy cleaning! 🙂

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