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5 Helpful Tips for Getting Rid of Clutter in Your Home

Wondering how to get rid of clutter in your house? Well, then you’ve come to the right place. 

Having a messy home can contribute to stress and overwhelm in daily life. But luckily, there are several things you can do to declutter your home and make it feel new again. Hint: patience is key! 

Keep reading to learn 5 ways you can start getting rid of clutter in your home. 

1. Start Small 

Decluttering a whole house is a daunting task.

So instead of starting with a huge area like the garage or the kitchen, start small. Great places to begin are a desk drawer, a single shelf, or a small closet. And once you get the hang of it, you can begin tackling bigger areas that have more clutter. 

2. Go Room By Room 

To make the process as simple as possible, clean out one room at a time. Then once you’re finished, you can move onto the next area. Here are some things you should consider removing in each room. 

In the kitchen: 

  • Old food storage containers 
  • Scratched pots and pans 
  • Cups you never use 
  • Sauce packets 
  • Expired food

In the bedroom: 

In the office: 

  • Pens with no ink 
  • Broken technology 
  • Old paperwork 
  • Receipts 
  • Greeting cards

3. Keep, Donate or Toss 

When going through your things, think about keeping stuff you need, donating stuff you don’t need, and tossing stuff nobody needs. But keep in mind, anything you keep or donate should be in good shape! And if you’re unsure where to donate your things, look for a local book donation, clothes donation, or miscellaneous donation site. 

Things to keep: 

  • Things you used in the past year 
  • Important sentimental items 
  • Holiday decorations 
  • Things you want to sell 

Things to donate: 

  • Books 
  • Clothes
  • Shoes 
  • Pillows 
  • Toys 
  • Stuffed animals
  • School supplies 
  • Working appliances  
  • Art  

Things to toss:

  • Expired items 
  • Anything that’s broken 
  • Things that hold no value 

4. Add Smarter Storage 

If you decide to keep some items, you’ll need a better place to store them. To help with this, add some smart storage to your home. 

Here are some ways to increase storage: 

  • Clear bins 
  • Baskets 
  • Wall hooks 
  • Magnetic wall strips 
  • Pegboards 
  • Drawer organizers 
  • Shoe organizers 

5. Don’t Keep Adding Things 

Once you’ve finished getting rid of all that clutter, you don’t want to add it all back. 

So from now on when you go shopping, think about the item before you buy it. Consider if you need it, if you will use it, and where you will store it. If you’re unsure about any of the answers, you probably shouldn’t get it.  

Start Getting Rid of Clutter in Your Home 

Getting rid of clutter in your house doesn’t have to be hard. And if you use these 5 tips, your house will feel bigger and cleaner in no time. Just check in every few months to make sure the clutter hasn’t returned! 

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