7 Tips for De-cluttering Your Home
We all want our homes to be tranquil—places where we can unwind and escape from the stress in our everyday lives. But if your home is filled with clutter, relaxing may be difficult.
Here are some tips for turning your home into an organized, stress-free retreat.
- Set realistic goals. Don’t expect to clean up your entire house in an hour or two. Instead of saying, "I'm going to get organized," break your goal down into achievable tasks. That way, you won’t become overwhelmed.
- Overcome your emotional attachment to the objects in your home. You may not be able to part with certain pieces, such as antiques handed down from generation to generation, but other items can be sold, donated or tossed.
- Remove visual clutter, such as extensive photo displays, knickknacks, artwork on walls or even heavy curtains. Your rooms will appear more open and spacious.
- Check your kitchen pantry for foods that are past their expiration date. Also, go through medicine cabinets and throw out expired medications and cosmetics.
- Organize closets. Get rid of old clothes and linens.
- Stop papers from taking over. Throw out junk mail immediately. Keep bills and other important letters, as well as periodicals, in a file cabinet or folder.
- Once you’ve de-cluttered your home, maintain it. Deal with the little things as they arise, and they won't pile up and overwhelm you.