The longer you live in one place, the more things that you acquire. This is multiplied if you have kids adding to the mix. All of these things often result in clutter around the home. If you are in a clutter mess, read these tips about how to get rid of the clutter in your home.
- Take Action
The clutter will not disappear on its own. Form a plan and get to it. The longer you wait, the harder the clutter will be to deal with.
- Find a Place For Everything
Your keys, books, files, etc should have their own place. If necessary, purchase some shelving to store items.
- Buy Something New, Send Something Out
Every time you make a new purchase, get rid of something. Buy a new shirt, get rid of an old one.
- Get Rid Of Junk
If you know that you will not need something for years, get rid of it. Sell it or give it to charity.
- Box It Up
If you have items you will not need for months, put it in a box. Boxes make things more manageable. Use regular shipping boxes or invest in some good reusable plastic bins.
- If It Is Good, Sell It
If you have items that you do not need but are valuable, sell them. Use Ebay or Craigslist to make some extra money.
- Cancel Magazines & Newspapers
Are you really reading them or are they just piling up. Cancel print subscriptions and switch to internet subscriptions.
- Do A Little At A Time
Start organizing just 15 minutes a day. If you can not bear the idea of doing all of it at once, break it into small chunks.
- Expand Your Attic Space
Your attic is an untapped storage locker. Buy plywood to increase the flooring space in your attic to increase storage space.
- Set A Schedule
Once you are all caught up, set a time once or twice a year to go through your clutter to stay on top of it.