The accumulation of stuff can happen without you knowing it within the house. What started as a piece of junk paper in the drawer can pile up over time. Before you know it, the clutter can pile up to some extent.
Tackling this problem without a decluttering strategy can be tricky, you will never know how much of the decluttering process can be a toll mentally.
Knowing the amount of clutter you have to work on can overwhelm you and add stress to your mental space. Preparing yourself even before you start with the decluttering process, can increase the chances of success in removing the clutter efficiently, even better is to get in the habit of decluttering the items to maintain the space and cleanliness within your house.
In this guide, we show you the mistakes you can make during the decluttering process. We also include fixes to take to help you declutter your living space.
Piling up Paper Clutter
It is unavoidable to stack up papers, especially when you are working in a home-office environment. However, this may not be a permanent solution as these piles of paper can stack up quickly.
The worst case is that you might miss important documents on the pile, like missed payments and other essential files you need to tackle. Work on the paper clutter by having a dedicated area to sort incoming mail from your home. Convert all the receipts and documents to digital copies to lessen the clutter. When discarding paper that contains personal information, make sure to shred it.
Treating The Decluttering Process As A Sprint
It is best to remember the decluttering process is a marathon, not a sprint. Planning out your decluttering process based on your goals can help you have more chances of actually doing and achieving that goal. By setting a decluttering schedule for example— tackling different parts of the house every week can get things done on a much more manageable level. It can get overwhelming, especially when you think about decluttering the whole house, all the more setting a one-day decluttering schedule.
The items that you have worked on within your house weren’t accumulated in a single day. It took time for it to accumulate to such an extent. The same goes for decluttering those items, which is to takes time tackle each section of the house in chunks. A consistent decluttering schedule is far better than one major cleaning day. It can potentially feel like a chore when you have to declutter everything on a single day—unlike having a consistent decluttering schedule can force you to build a habit of actually maintaining a clean and clutter-free house.
Keeping Items You Don’t Use Anymore
When decluttering, we might be caught up on the things we remove—outdated items, and damaged stuff. However, there are also items that we rarely use but are still in good condition.
Removing the items from the room and sorting them out are items you need to discard or things to keep. There can be items that are still in good condition, but you don’t use them anymore. Your hobbies might have changed through the years, they might be in a form of — books, clothes, figurines, appliances, furniture, etc.
Be critical about whether you will still use these items or not. Relentlessly decluttering junk items can help you achieve your decluttering goals if you are to free up space. Donate clothes to institutions, or have old furniture or appliances sold online. Holding on to these unused items can just take up more valuable space within your home. Letting go of these items goes a long way in achieving a clutter-free home.
Storing Donations Out of Sight
Collecting the donation hopefuls is a good thing. However, it is not a good idea to store it out of sight. Chucking it away in a basement or a storage area where you can’t see it can lead to an accumulation of clutter.
Make sure to have it instead in a place where you can see it to avoid it accumulating and being treated as clutter. As soon as the basket or box is full, have it donated to the local thrift store, charitable institution, or resale clothing shop.
Every home may not be perfect, but just cause you want to completely overhaul and change it to the perfect and ideal living space, doesn’t mean you have to.
Commercial houses in the TVs and magazines might look perfect and all, but that is because it is built for that purpose. Set realistic expectations when aiming for your decluttering goals can have more chances of success in the decluttering process. Know that your home is livable, unlike the perfect and stylized home you see in the magazine.
Choose a decluttering and organizing strategy that best suits you and your home, then stick to the decluttering and organizing schedule to achieve your goal.
Chucking Away Clutter On One Storage
There might be a chair or table where you chuck in and accumulate different items on top of it, or worse have a whole room full of clutter. It is understandable to hide away the clutter behind, to have your house and rooms look neater. Chucking away all clutter in one room and not being able to see it can lead to the accumulation of forgotten items in that one room.
It is advisable to go both for open and closed storage, to have access such as— mugs, trays, and other occasional items to be displayed and be much more accessible. While chucking away unattractive items such as cleaning supplies, pots, pans, and other bulky items that you can still use within the household.
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