If you’re like me, you might have a bad habit of keeping random trinkets from different events in life. From programs to handouts to even the tiny little trinkets that are handed out at weddings, you may not necessarily be hoarding but rather are thinking that they would make good keepsakes for the future. After a while, these items tend to accumulate. What seemed like a quaint little newspaper collection has turned into a pile of dusty newsprint in the corner of your living room. Decluttering is both a project and a process in helping you get rid of all of the junk in your home. Even if you are not planning on selling your home, keeping your living space consistently clean and de-cluttered is a wise thing to do. Here are a few tips to keep everything under control.
Slowly but surely.Taking on a large de-cluttering project is daunting, so start small. People tend to be turned off by cleaning when they realize the amount they have to clean. You should find time out of your busy schedule to put away a few things. Focus on a specific corner of your home and work little by little from there. When you find yourself with a lot of time to clean, go ahead and take that de-cluttering task full throttle. By starting off small, it will make de-cluttering a bit easier by making the task a lot less terrifying.
Assess your items. Sometimes, it’s not the little things that clutter your home, but the big bulky items that do. That treadmill that’s in the middle of your living room that you bought with the intention of achieving your New Year’s resolution may be doing more harm than good. Look at different rooms in your home. Are some rooms cramped due to too many pieces of furniture? Decide what should stay and what should go. For the items that you can’t part with, think about renting out a self-storage unit to house them. Keeping an open and de-cluttered home can make your living space look and feel bigger.
Sell your home? Staging is a very important part of selling your home. Whether you hire a professional, or turn it into a DIY project, having your home presentable to sell should be at the top of your list. So whether or not you actually do plan on selling your home, having the mentality that you are will help you keep your living area as clean and organized as you can. Live thinking that at any moment, a potential buyer will come in to view and judge your home. Who knows? Maybe you’ll want to sell your home in the future!
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