Are you struggling to declutter your house?
Do you step over piles of clothes, papers and unidentifiable “stuff” just to get to your computer?
Although a family might be small, homes are larger then ever. Even with more square feet of living space, many still store attics, basements and storage units with clutter.
Have you come to a point where you realize you need to not only declutter your house, but reclaim your life?
Are you tired of hearing about using color-coded boxes and plastic storage containers when they don’t seem to be much help when you want to declutter your house. They just seem to produce more clutter anyway.
Admit what is really going on underneath all that “stuff”, which often leads to life-changing advances within yourself.
Clutter will rob you of so much, if your house is full of “stuff”, all the sanctions that could fill your house can’t get in. Don’t let the clutter take over. It robs you mentally. It makes it impossible to be at peace.
Stop suffering over your mess – discover how to declutter your house and conquer clutter one room at a time.
Tackle one room at a time
Don’t let the carpet-look of a lawn fool you. Behind closed doors of many households you will find substantial clutter. Do you have toys and clothing laying throughout the house? This illustrates a place you have lost control of. It is time to get back into the drivers seat and declutter your house.
Have you tried telling the children to put away their things, but realize there’s no particular place to put them? Plus, there are just too many items to keep track of. This does not mean you are lacking organizational skills.
Does the clutter effect others in the household? Possibly a significant other. Has their role as a mate or parent being jeopardized by the amount of clutter within the house.
Start to take all clothing out of each room first and then sort in a different location. Sort the clothes into 2 piles “keep” and “give-away”. Set aside a certain number of bins to fill. Once they are full move on.
To avoid clutter before it gets bad get rid of something when you buy something new. Don’t just buy because it is on sale.
Something many people overlook is intimacy. When you are intimate, when your relationship is powering along, that will fee the rest of the house. This is hard when you don’t have a room to be romantic in. Do you roll over onto piles of clothes, toys, books, or mail. Does it seem there is no place for you and your partner to be YOUSELFS. Once you realize this you can begin to declutter your house.
To clean out your bedroom get rid of anything you haven’t used in the past twelve months. That includes the high school or college clothes you refuse to give away. If it doesn’t fit the vision you have for your space, it must go.
Usually some paint and soft lighting will do wonders in a bedroom to bring back that spark.
Make cleanup fun.
Turn cleaning up into a game for kids with a bit of creativity. Have them responsible for certain items to pick up. Then count to three and see them fill up the containers with all the items.
Designate a place for everything toys, games, books,etc. Reward them for helping you declutter your house and keeping the areas clutter-free.
Also try to teach the children how to sort: garbage, sell, donate.
Use a hanger system.
A large problem many individuals have is with closet organization. This is from having too many clothes. Did you know we wear only twenty percent of our clothes eighty percent of the time. Here is a little test for you to see what you wear the most. Take all of your clothes out of the closet and then put them back facing one way. Then as you wear your clothes and put them back turn the hanger the opposite way.
After about six months or so go through everything still hanging in its original position. Ask yourself “Will I ever wear that?” Go though everything you haven’t worn in the past twelve months, doesn’t fit, not fashionable, or you just don’t like anymore, get rid of it.
You will be able to see what you want to wear before you even reach for it.
Do you really need something. If you hesitate, you don’t.
Do a quick run of your shoes. Make yes or no decisions on what to keep or give away. If you pause at all, it needs to leave.
You start to realize the blame doesn’t just fall on your partner or children. Talking responsibility for one’s OWN actions is half the battle. You have to look at yourself and be very honest about the impact of the situation at hand.
“Mystic Triangle” in your kitchen.
Did you know an organized kitchen can help you lose weight. It simply comes down to the way you choose to live. How can you stay thin if your kitchen is full of fat.
Just like how the master suite drives the home, the kitchen feeds the home. Not just food wise, but a whole psychological viewpoint.
Here are 2 tactics for keeping your kitchen thin and clean.
- Establish a “mystic triangle” between the stove, refrigerator, and sink. Items you use often stay within the triangle, things less often outside the triangle. This ends up saving you time in the long run.
- Next discover which utensils you use regularly with the cardboard box test. If you were wondering what utensils are used on a consistent basis try this out. Bring all the utensils out of the drawers and place them into the box. For the next few months, whenever you use any of those utensils, place them back into the drawer. After 5-6 weeks if it’s still in the box, you most likely won’t be using it.
By decluttering mentally, physically and emotionally you will open the door to your home.