Put a spring in your step with these 5 de-cluttering tips:
Whether you’re preparing your house for sale, or just catching up on some spring -cleaning it can be a daunting task to most homeowners. But once you part with a few things here and there, you’d be surprise how much of a lift you’ll feel once the cleaning is done.
De-cluttering your environment can lead to serious health benefits. It helps reduce stress, anxiety, and motivates you to tackle other projects.
Financially, it can increase the value of your home and the ROI is 403%. And selling your unwanted things can give you a few dollars in your pocket. It’s on the top of the list of must do’s before putting your house on the market – real estate agents recommend it by 99%.
Here are some ways to welcome spring with open arms and leave the clutter of winter behind.
Stack, Pack and Sack in one room
And don’t look into the closets, drawers, or cabinets – yet. Just look at what’s lying around. I often stack all my things into different ‘categories’ if you will. All books and magazines in one pile, pens and pencils in another, papers and mail in another. Once you’ve placed everything into categories, go through each pile and sort them into “save” or “keep”. One that is done, explore what lurks in the drawers and closets.
Be honest too and prioritize. Don’t keep last year’s telephone bill or used pretty Christmas wrapping paper. They belong in the recycling. Books take precedence over magazines or newspapers, so keep some of the books and recycle the mags and papers.
You can further reduce the clutter by reducing what is in the room by 25-50%. That could be a bigger challenge to some and can be tackled once you’ve warmed up to de-cluttering.
Skeletons in your closet
Start with sweaters and other winter wear. Things that are bulky or take up too much space is worth donating. Anything that you haven’t worn in a year is also worth donating. We wear on average, only 20% of the clothing in our closet. So ridding say 10% of the clothes you don’t wear anymore isn’t so daunting.
Slim down a size in your kitchen – and maybe your stomach
Pull out any perishable items that’s been sitting in the fridge for sometime. Christmas jellies, and confections can probably make an exit. And that fruitcake? Yes that too.
The health benefits to cleaning out your kitchen can also help you be aware of what you eat. Once you see what you’ve consumed in the last months to a year, you could make a more conscious decision on what to buy on your next trip to the grocery store.
Remove empty cleaning products under the sink. All cleaning rags must be laundered and put away in a designated drawer.
Okay, so this may be hard. Choose one to two of your favourite hair and beauty care lines and stick to that. So the products that empty the quickest are likely the ones you use the most. Purchasing gels, lotions and potions outside of those two lines throughout the year will only lead to more clutter. Products that are still full and haven’t been used for at least a month must be emptied and containers recycled.
Clean and Calm in the Bedroom
Grab you’re partner (if you have one) and de-clutter together. If you’re single – even better, there won’t be any negotiating. Just like picking a room in your house, simply Stack, Pack and Sack.
Make the bed and shut the closet door. Do this everyday, and you will always enter a room of calm and serenity.
These small tips can really make a huge impact to your home and your everyday living. Spring-cleaning isn’t for everyone. Do it in small steps or have a friend or family member to help you. If it’s too daunting, hire a professional. Professional organizers can make your life so much easier.