KEEP IT SIMPLE, MAKE IT FUN: TIPS FOR EASIER DECLUTTERING
You know what it’s like coming home after a busy day to a house with shoes, clothing, papers, and toys left lying around. Simply put: It’s not very relaxing, especially when you can’t keep pretending the mess isn’t there. That mess is a major cause of stress, but you struggle to find the motivation to find a solution. So, why not inject some fun and a little competition into it so decluttering isn’t such a dreaded chore that requires the help of an expert?
You might find it a little easier to take on such a task when you know how much time you’ll be spending on it. So, assign a room to everyone in the family, and then give them 30 minutes to separate items to be thrown out from those you’ll donate. When the timer goes off, set it for another 20 minutes for everyone to clean, dust, and straighten their assigned space. When it’s all said and done, compare results and see who’s gotten the farthest. Have everyone move on to the next set of rooms and give a reward to the most productive ‘declutterer’, such as dinner at their favourite restaurant or an evening at the movies.
If your home doesn’t have a lot of square footage, you will need to find innovative ways to make the most of your available space. In the bedrooms, insert drawers for clothing and extra bedding under your mattress and box springs. Do something practical and attractive by adding a decorative trunk or ottoman, which can be placed at the foot of the bed or in a corner. Remember, the key is to make the most of your storage space in every room.
Rearrange as You Go
Decluttering should be about more than just getting rid of unwanted stuff. It’s also a chance to refresh and reinvigorate your living environment by rearranging each room. Doing so forces you to make a decision about all the unwanted stuff lying under and around the furniture. Rearranging each room is fun and it’ll make the place look brand new; while you’re at it, incorporate principles of Feng Shui to open up your floor plan and increase energy flow.
Most of us become emotionally attached to objects for various reasons. Don’t worry, it’s okay — at least until sentiment becomes an excuse for hanging onto stuff you don’t need anymore. If you’re having trouble letting go of your old belongings, try assigning a current “value” to each object. For instance, ask yourself what you’d pay for each item as if you were acquiring it all over again. This will help you see things in a different light as you assess the worth of objects that have probably been laying around for years.
Keeping It Clean
Having cleaned and decluttered the entire house, the last thing you want is to go through it all over again next month. Make regular trips to agencies that accept clothing, toys, electronics, and other items that can benefit their clients. It’s a great way to help the disadvantaged in your community while keeping your decluttered home from becoming cluttered once again. Set a schedule and assign everyone a room or two to clean and tidy every week. Be sure to rotate responsibilities so the same person doesn’t get stuck cleaning out the cat’s litter box every week.
Go ahead and jump into all that leftover junk. Just remember that decluttering doesn’t have to be a complicated or emotionally painful process. Try working some fun and competition into it. Think of it as an opportunity to make a new beginning that breathes new life into your home.
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