Taking a good hard look at the clutter in your home can be overwhelming, and is usually the first hurdle you have to jump across before you can actually work out how to declutter and organize your home.
But, what if you knew there was an easy way to get clear of clutter and organize your home?
I have a simple decluttering hack that makes decluttering easy and fast. And all in 5 simple steps.
Why de clutter?
De cluttering is the very fist step you should take when you start to organize your home. After all, there is not much point in organizing a mess, right?
There are also other reasons why you should de clutter.
Less clutter means less stress. You may be constantly worried about the mess in your home with out even realizing it. Not to mention the stress when you are trying to find an item!
A cluttered home makes you tired. Having constant clutter around you makes it hard to focus and organize your thoughts. You may also be using up more energy then you think on worrying about your homes clutter.
You will have more space. Not only physically, but mentally too! When you stop have to worry about tripping over a mess or moving things around to create space you will be surprised by how much lighter you feel mentally as well as having more room to breathe in your home.
Cleaning is easier. How to make cleaning your home easier? Have less to tidy up! You have more space to clean which makes the chore much easier.
Your home is healthier. If you have lots of clutter, chances are you clean less. Or if you have cluttering habits like not washing up straight away, your home is breeding germs! And don’t forget the actual physical danger of a lot of clutter like tripping on clothes thrown on the floor.
You can save money… And even make it by de cluttering. When you get into the habit of having less in your home you will stop buying unnecessary items. You will also be more organized which means you stop buying replacements for items you can’t find… and in the process of decluttering you can sell all those unwanted items for cash.
You can learn self awareness. Learning to decide what is important to you is a fantastic life skill. You might start by learning with items and nic nacs, but this skill will flow into all other areas of your life too.
You might stop being late. All those minutes trying to find keys, shoes, and your phone all really add up. Watch your time management skills improve as you declutter.
You might make different decisions. How does clutter affect your decision? Well, take for example moving house. Maybe the thought of having to move everything is enough to keep you from making the change. It could be stopping you from having your home in the style you love, if it doesn’t go well with all those items you have been hoarding for 10 years!
How to organize your home.
How to get rid of clutter-Easy steps to de clutter.
So, now you know why getting rid of clutter is important. But, what are the 5 magic steps to decluttering?
As you know a pact is a formal agreement… so make one with yourself and the clutter in your home. Use it as a tool to help you remember the easy steps to decluttering. The best part is that you can use this tool for large spaces like whole rooms and also for the tiniest areas like an office drawer.
But, what does a pact mean?
The first step to decluttering.
Before moving or sorting anything ask yourself some questions.
How do you want to use this room?
What is the reason you want it organized?
How do you declutter your room?
You wont really declutter unless you dig deep with these questions. It’s no good answering that you want the house tidy. Being really specific will give you a solid goal and help you stay motivated.
For example, say you want to organize the piles of paperwork in your home office. Ask yourself why do I want to organize this space?
Maybe it’s because last time you needed an important document it took you half an hour of sifting through the pile, or maybe you missed paying your insurance because the bill disappeared into the pile.
Once you’ve answered the question, then move on to step 2.
Decluttering action steps.
This decluttering step is just like it sounds. Start to pile “like” items together.
Be as specific as you can.
In the pantry, pile spices together. In your closet, pile all your shirts together. And do another pile for your socks.
With your paperwork, pile all 401k paperwork together. Pile phone bills in another ect, ect.
Declutter with purpose.
Now it’s time to sort through your piles. Take each pile and break it down into two piles. One “treasure ” and one “Trash”.
By only having two piles you will start to learn to make those quick and sometimes tough decisions. Don’t detour from these two piles or you will end up with a third “not sure” pile that will just end up as clutter.
This step will get easier the more you declutter. And don’t feel that just because it is in the trash pile it means it’s going to the garbage. Rather it means it will no longer be in your home.
Making money from decluttering.
Now you are going to go through your trash pile and break this down into more manageable piles. Donate, sell, or garbage.
Once you have these piles, make sure you take action steps straight away.
Put your donate pile in the car so you can drop it off nest time you drive somewhere. Take photos of the items you are going to sell and put them up on face book or other great selling website.
The final step is where you get organized.
Last step to decluttering.
T Tidy up
Take your treasure pile and start organizing. You will find that organizing your home is so much easier now you have got down to just those items you really want or need.
Place items where they belong, put new organization systems in place and keep those like items together.
Some other home organization ideas are to make all your storage systems super simple and easy. And to organize items depending on how often you use them. Be sure to have items you use more frequently with in reach.
So now you know the simple steps to have A Pact with your clutter.