Decluttering your home can feel like an endless, impossible task. Sometimes it feels like no matter what you do, your home still stays messy. Here are a few tips on how to sort through and organize your belongings to make things feel a little tidier.
Make the most of your space
Sometimes, you don’t need to throw anything out to declutter your space. Before you start parting with things you’d perhaps rather keep, consider whether you are making the most of your space. There are many places for storage that people don’t think of when they are organizing their homes. A huge space saver is an under-bed storage. You can purchase convenient storage units on rollers that you can keep under your bed. This is a very elegant storage solution as it keeps things out of sight and can make your home feel more spacious and less cluttered.
Figure out what you regularly use
There are some things we hold on to that we think are essential but never get used. Start to pay attention to you or your family’s habits and keep a note of what gets used frequently and what simply isn’t getting used. This will help you start to narrow down things to donate or put into storage.If something is not used frequently and does not have any sentimental or decorative value, it’s not worth keeping. However, make sure you check with everyone in your house before you start throwing things out!
The Marie Kondo method
You may have heard of tidying expert Marie Kondo, who stars in the Netflix hit show, ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’. Her technique for decluttering is to consider each of your possessions and ask yourself: does this spark joy? By this, she means to ask yourself how you feel when you look at each of your possessions. Do they make you feel happy? Do they hold some value in your life? Sentimental, decorative, practical, or otherwise? If yes, you should find a suitable place to store them. If not, you can go ahead and donate or dispose of them.
Use outdoor storage
If you are struggling with space indoors, and have already parted with everything you don’t want to keep, consider getting some outdoor storage to keep the possessions, there isn’t room for indoors but that you can’t do without, or maybe just can’t bear to part with for sentimental reasons (we’ve all been there!). Portable garages are a good solution for storing things that you want to keep but don’t need easy, indoor access to.
Once you’ve managed to figure out what you don’t want to keep, sort through what to donate and what to throw away. Make a pile of things that are in good condition that your local thrift store could sell. Thrift stores accept clothes, DVDs, books, CDs and trinkets. Bag up what you want to donate and drop it off at your local thrift store. Not only will you be rid of lots of clutter, but you’ll be doing a good deed too!