Why is it so hard for the house to stay clean and tidy? You’re constantly tripping over something, you waste a lot of time looking for things you need, nothing has a place anymore, and to top it all off, it’s starting to feel like the walls are closing in on you. If this is what it feels like every time you enter your home, chances are you have an issue with clutter.
You’d be surprised at how many things you accumulate over the years. The real issue is, you don’t tend to get rid of things as quickly as you purchase them. Your personal belongings either serve a sentimental value or have been placed in an area of your home where the “out of sight, out of mind” concept kicks in.
Either way, if you want to regain control of your home, you seriously need to declutter. Below are some suggestions on how to best declutter your home.
One Room at a Time
It can get pretty discouraging to think about decluttering your entire home at once. In fact, you can become so intimated by the task that you procrastinate on getting it done. Your best bet would be to declutter one room at a time. As you enter each room, remove anything that is broken, outdated, or no longer of any use.
Keep Bags On Hand
As you go through each room you want to save yourself time by putting items into bags right away. You should have bags on hand that designate a different purpose. For example, there could be a bag for things going in the trash, one for things that you’ll donate, and one for things that you’d like to try to sell at a yard sale. Using bags of a different color or labeling them will help you to remember which bags go where.
Rent a Dumpster
If you have a lot of things to get rid of, it may be best to rent a dumpster. This is especially true if you’re getting rid of old furniture or appliances. That’s because it could take you weeks to get all of your items out through your regularly scheduled trash pickup. The dumpster is dropped off at your home and placed in a convenient location. You can take a few days to fill the dumpster up, then contact the service provider to come to pick it up once you’re finished.
If there are things in your home that you want to keep but still have no room for, you can always rent a personal storage unit. You can find storage units in Boise and other major cities to store the overflow from your home.
Trying to load up all the items in your home that you wish to donate can be challenging and time-consuming. To save yourself the trouble, it is highly recommended that you reach out to local charities. They often have vans and trucks that will come to your neighborhood and pick up the items for you. All you have to do is schedule an appointment, get all the donations to the front of your home, label the packages, and wait for them to be picked up.
Yard sales are a great way to get rid of clutter in your home. It doesn’t hurt that it can also be a great motivator for kids who were reluctant to let things go. The idea of getting cash to buy new things will often encourage them to grab things to offer at the sale. To get a good turnout, you’ll want to advertise both online and in-person by putting up flyers and posters in your neighborhood.
Make sure that you have priced your items reasonably or you’ll find it hard to get rid of. Once you get down to the last hour of your yard sale, switch to an everything must go concept where you’re willing to accept lower offers for customers to take what’s left. This way you don’t bring the clutter back in your home.
If keeping your house clean and organized is a problem, you may need to evaluate how much clutter you have. Getting rid of the clutter can help to free up space, improve household safety, and improve your mood. So, use the above-mentioned steps to declutter your home and reclaim your life.