Clutter can become quite overwhelming in your home. It’s so easy for the number of items to gradually increase and before you know it you have a stressful amount of ‘stuff’ in your home. Clutter can also have a huge effect on how you feel mentally; it can be suffocating. If you have a clutter problem here are 10 creative ways to declutter your home:
1. Give yourself 5 solid minutes to tackle one area of clutter. Put a timer on and be totally focused. The next time you have 5 minutes pick another troublesome area.
2.Hire the professionals. TaskRabbit is an online and mobile marketplace that matches ‘taskers’ with local demand, allowing you to find immediate help with everyday tasks, such as cleaning and decluttering. This option totally gets my vote.
3. Fill one trash bag. Have ten minutes? Then grab a bin bag and blitz everything you can see that could be thrown in the bin.
4. Try the Oprah Winfrey closet hanger experiment. Oprah didn’t create this idea, but she helped give it notoriety. This is a great way to clean out your wardrobe. Hang all your clothes with the hangers in the opposite direction. When you have worn something, return it to the wardrobe with the hanger facing the correct direction. Then after six months, you’ll will know which of your clothes you can donate to charity.
5. Give away one item each day. Pop a bag or basket in your hallway and commit to popping one item in it each day. At the end of the week donate it to charity and start the process again.
6. Take the 12-12-12 Challenge. A simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their rightful home. This can be a fun way to get the whole family involved in tackling clutter.
7. 20 toy method – Do your kids have too many toys? I know we all love our kids to have lots of toys and seeing their happy little faces when we give then new toys. Realistically though, chances are they have multiple toys that they don’t play with and might have even forgotten about. The 20 toy method is where you let your children pick 20 toys each, the rest are stored or donated.
8. Numbers experiments. One popular system is Project 333, where people wear only 33 items of clothing for 3 months. If 33 articles of clothing seems too little for you, adjust the rules as you need to, but you might surprise yourself!
9. Have a system. Work from top to bottom, left to right to make sure you declutter every inch of your home.
10. The Four-Box Method. Trash, give away, keep, or relocate. Each item in every room is to be placed into one of the four categories.
You might find that some of these ideas work better for you then others, that’s o.k. The main thing is that you are addressing your clutter and are committed to streamlining your home.
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Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.