Let’s be realistic, your home did not get disorganized in a single day therefore it certainly won’t only take one day to declutter your home. You might want to try setting aside some time on a daily basis to tackle this issue.
Start by getting three baskets or boxes, maybe four if you plan to sell also, one labeled “charity”, “garbage”, “storage” and one labeled “to sell”, if you have the intention to do it. Line the “garbage” box using a garbage bag for an easier way for you to take away your trash.
Focus on one room of your home at a time. Keep in mind that the goal is declutter your home but get it done the smart way, I mean with “organization”, so do your task in an organized way.
Start along the entrance of the room and work your way clockwise around the room. Tend not to skip anything. It is usually hard trying to determine what things are important to keep and which ones are ready to go in the charity or garbage baskets.
You should ask yourself a number of different questions when contemplating how to proceed with a particular item. Get started with by asking how you feel about the item. Do you love it? Does it have a sentimental value? Does the item make you feel sad or guilty?
It is probably not sufficient reason of keeping an item around which is cluttering up your home simply because somebody gave it to you and you just feel a sense of guilt about removing it. Another thing to question yourself about an item is if you have used it during the past year. Do you find it broken or in poor condition? Is there a different one that may be better? These are generally all excellent reasons to get rid of a particular item.
Once your “charity” basket or box is full, take it towards your car or truck to go to your local thrift store or donation center later. You could also want to consider selling your items. Your items might earn you a bit of cash by putting them on eBay or craigslist.
You may not have realized the amount of things out of place in your home until you have looked at your “storage” basket once you have began to unclutter a room. Once this box is full, stop your decluttering and put these items away. You should not place the basket or box in a closet, down the basement or in an attic with the best intentions of getting to it later. You know that you will never get around to do the work until it’s about time to declutter your basement, closet or attic.
When working throughout each room you are decluttering, don’t skip such things as shelves, drawers or furniture. This is the perfect time to begin to unclutter that space as well. For example, if one of the pieces of furniture is a desk, look through and organize the drawers. Ensure you have a proper and efficient place for such things as pens, envelopes, stamps, and bills.
This could also be the place where you keep important financial papers. Proceed through these papers as well. Get rid of anything that is old enough to be shredded or set up a different spot at home where you are able to keep important financial information for several years.
Decluttering your home is not as overwhelming as it seems. You just need to remember to take the time and be diligent in returning to it each day until it is done. Keep a piece of cloth on hand also to clean as you go. When you are all finished with your decluttering, you should browse through the room again to place your special items decoratively and make each room of your home just the way you would like it.