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5 Tips to Declutter Your Home and Keep it Organized

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There are many reasons to declutter your home. An organized home creates a pleasant and peaceful atmosphere for the family. In contrast, a cluttered and unorganized home promotes feelings of frustration and causes you to waste time whenever you have to look for anything. Unfortunately, just the thought of decluttering your home can often produce overwhelming feelings. The good news is that you can take small steps to avoid feeling overwhelmed while you declutter your home.

Tip #1 to Declutter Your Home

If you have a busy schedule, dedicating 10 to 15 minutes each day to declutter your home can go a long way. If you’re unsure where to start, determine where you spend the majority of your time. For example, most people like to relax in the living room or family room. Start in that room so you have an organized and clutter-free place to relax.

Take inventory of what you don’t need or use. Spend about 10 minutes each day boxing up any unwanted items. Throw away any items that are not usable. Label boxes of items you would like to donate or giveaway. Label any boxes of items you would like to sell.

Tip #2 to Declutter Your Home

Home Organizing Tips

Designate an area or room in your home to place the boxes. If you have a lot of clutter to get rid of, use the garage for temporary storage. Another option is to rent a portable moving container, and position it in your driveway until you finish decluttering your home.

Once you declutter your room of the bigger items, go through your drawers. Organize one drawer at a time. Don’t worry if you only organize one or two drawers per day. Getting something done each day is better than not doing anything at all.

Tip #3 to Declutter Your Home

Once you get rid of clutter in one room, move on to another room. Keep up with your regular cleaning, such as vacuuming and washing dishes, but leave the detail cleaning until you finish the decluttering process.

Tip #4 Set Up an Organization System

Set up a system for your mail. For Example, designate an area in your home for paying bills. Place baskets on a shelf. Place all incoming bills in one basket and magazines in another. If you have a hobby, use baskets or organizing containers to keep your hobby-related items neatly organized.

Tip #5 Keep Your Home Clutter-Free and Organized

Be determined to avoid clutter in the future. Avoid buying things you don’t need, and get rid of items you don’t want anymore. Put things back in their designated place after each use.

Schedule a day to go through your mail. Shred all credit card offers and any papers or documents that contain personal information. Doing this will help you keep your home clutter-free and organized.

Taking baby steps to declutter your home will keep you from feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. Make sure to accomplish something each day, even if you only organize one drawer. Keeping your home clutter-free and organized can reduce the stress in your life. As a result, it can contribute to a more joyful and positive outlook . If you’ve procrastinated getting rid of clutter, why not take small steps and declutter your home one-step at a time?

Copyright © 2011 Ana Jackson. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part constitutes plagiarism, is illegal and strictly prohibited.

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Comments

Jul 3, 2011 5:13pm
Lynsuz
Great tips on how to get rid of clutter and organize.
Jul 3, 2011 8:54pm
Deborah-Diane
Great ideas to declutter a home. My house is generally decluttered, but things do seem to add up! I have always joked that if you put two things you don't want in a closet, they will breed and produce dozens of unwanted things!
Jul 4, 2011 4:20am
snowman
Incredibly useful ideas here. I recently moved and my new home is still a bit 'cluttered'. I really need to get rid of the things I don't need. Thanks for the tips.
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