If you think you don’t have time to clear your clutter, think again. With an action plan from experts, you can bust the clutter in your home in 15-minute chunks every day -- and build yourself an oasis of calm that’s also less of a haven for dust, dirt, and allergens. Not to mention that if you are currently trying to sell your home or are thinking of putting your home on the market then keep reading...........!
Before you de-clutter any space, prepare. You need bags or boxes for four purposes:
- Things you will donate to charity
- Things you want to sell at a garage sale if you want to hold one or possibly Ebay etc.
- Things that belong in another room
- Things headed for the trash
Now you’re ready to de-clutter any room!
When in Doubt About Clutter, Psych Yourself Out
Many home organization experts say “When in doubt, throw it out.” This may be too strict a rule and it could slow you down and make you hate organizing.
Instead, if you have something you don’t wear or use, but are on the fence about parting with it, stick it in a box. Put the box in your garage or attic, and write a future date on it -- one year or six months from now.
If you really need something from that box, you can go out and get it. When the date comes -- and you need to write it in your calendar -- don’t open the box. Donate it or throw it away.
Try 15-Minute Clutter Workouts
Get yourself a timer -- a stopwatch or a classic old egg timer. Don’t just use the one on the stove or microwave; you won’t necessarily hear it in the basement or your bedroom.
Set it for 15 minutes. Choose the worst, most cluttered area of your house. It doesn’t need to be a room. It can be a corner, a shelf, the top of the microwave. Start with the kitchen counter, where everything from bills to magazines to kids’ school projects often pile up. If you clean up your counter space, you will breathe easier.
Sort quickly: bills that need to be paid and kids’ art to be put in their rooms goes in the distribution basket. Three-month-old baby announcements, party invitations, and pieces of fast-food toys go in the trash.
When the timer beeps, you’re done. Once you’ve done this baby step a few times, you can take on bigger spaces and set the timer for an hour to tackle tougher challenges like closets or basements or garages.
You will be amazed at how much you can achieve in a short space of time! You will know where things are and your stress levels will be lowered.
AND if you are thinking of selling your home, then chances are viewings and Open Houses will be a LOT less stressful and people will see your home for its potential as their new home!
Stay tuned for more inspirational tips on how to add value to your life!