A cluttered space could be overwhelming because knowing where to start decluttering could be challenging. There’s a lot of reason why a space could be cluttered: busy lifestyle, poor disposal of waste, small space, lack of storage, excess clothing, and collected and un-used items overtime.
Research has shown that a cluttered environment affects us on a subconscious level. It raises anxiety and stress level of individuals. Depending on the space say a work environment; cluttering affect the productivity of individuals in such environments and if it’s a bedroom it also affects your sleep.
The beauty of your home is largely dependent on how organized it is and so knowing how to declutter your space is very important for the general impression and outlook of your home.
As simple as this may sound we are going to give you three principles to use in decluttering your home. The TAKE OUT, KEEP AND ORGANIZE principle. But first you must know:
HOW TO START
Simply put, start from your small rooms then move into larger spaces and rooms. The aim of starting from small spaces is because it helps you work smarter and gives you the confidence you need to tackle larger space. So rule number one START SMALL.
Moving unto to the first principle
In your personal space start by taking out old newspapers and magazines. You could then takeout personal items such as expired makeup, worn-out clothes, and shoes. Other personal items may include old technology/appliances, old batteries, and lightbulbs, junk drawer items.
In the process of taking out stuffs you don’t need, you could also try to donate such items instead of throwing them away completely.
In your kitchen move none kitchen items out the kitchen. Items such as expired food, empty cans and bottles should be trashed and don’t forget to take out the trash.
After taking out all unnecessary items, only keep what is necessary. Also, try to repair items such as appliances and old furniture instead of taking them this could help you save cost in the decluttering process
A simple way of sorting out what is important to you is asking yourself if you’ve used the item in the last 6 months. If the item has been dormant for 6 months without being used then that’s a sign it’s not useful to you. If it’s a seasonal material such as a Christmas tree and you don’t want to take it out you’ll have to create extra space for such an item.
Organizing means tidying what is left in all the spaces. This will require cabinets for storage units. It also entails proper arrangement and stacking items in an organized fashion.
GENERAL TIPS IN APPLYING THE TAKE OUT KEEP AND ORGANIZE PRINCIPLE
Finally, in order for you to make your home clutter-free forever, you must make decluttering a regular habit meaning TAKE OUT KEEP AND ORGANIZE YOUR HOME REGULARLY CONSISTENTLY