It’s That Time Again! 4 Tips to Help You De-clutter Your Home

Want to clean up but don’t know where to start? Clutter breeds chaos, but the mess often makes sense to those of us who have difficulty parting with things. The more you have, the harder it becomes to keep track of what’s valuable and what’s just taking up space. De-stress and de-clutter your life with these four tips.

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Get the Right Supplies

De-cluttering takes some prep work, and you can start your cleaning off to the right start by acquiring the right gear. Depending on how much you intend to get rid of, it may be more advantageous to rent a bin/dumpster so you can easily remove all the unwanted or unnecessary items from your home.

A 10-yard dumpster can hold as much waste as four pick-up trucks. If you’re planning to part ways with a lot of junk, a rental may be an easier solution than dozens upon dozens of trash bags.

Organize Your Rejects

Instead of just tossing everything into the bin, consider what is good enough to donate and what could be re-purposed. You may find that may items simply just need some minor repairs before they’re useful. Others may be in near-perfect condition, so why not give them to someone else who could use them?

Strive to recycle or donate as much as possible. Millions of pounds of garbage aren’t recyclable, so they just sit in landfills. Help the environment and someone else by donating your gently used or unopened objects and clothes to charity.

You may even want to hold a yard sale so you can make some extra money and see the added benefit of de-cluttering.

Make a Keepsakes Box for Sentimental Items

It can be hard to throw out things when you have a strong memory associated with them. But memories belong in our heads, not taking up space in our homes. Get a special keepsakes box that you use to collect photos, ticket stubs and other items that hold a particularly special place in your heart.

Marie Kondo, host of the hit Netflix Series “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” suggests that you take time with each personal item to see how you respond. She implores you to ask, “Does this spark joy in my heart?” If it does, keep it. If it does not, thank it for the joy and service it has brought you, and respectfully re-home the item.

Pace Yourself

Commit at least 15-minutes a day to de-cluttering. Small periods of cleaning add up, and it’s much easier to de-clutter in short bursts than it is to get lost among an unloaded closet over the course of a weekend.

As you start your de-cluttering journey, remember that this is a process. With the help of the right waste management supplies, organization plan, the ability to find what brings you joy, and time, you will reach your home interior de-cluttering goals. While the end goal is an organized, clean home, you will also reap the added benefit of gaining a better perspective on what matters in your life.

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