If you’ve acquired an overwhelming amount of possessions over the decades, learn how to sift through the junk and organize your home.
Clutter can be an eyesore, but did you know it can affect you mentally as well?
It’s true, looking at hordes of clutter can cause stress and have a negative impact on you mentally.
Some people hold onto clutter because they’re afraid to throw out an item that stirs up old memories, or that they feel they may need again in the future.
But is it treasure or junk?
Here’s how to sift through the clutter and kick the junk to the curb to improve your personal (and mental) space.
Plan your approach
If you’re drowning in clutter, chances are the thought of organizing is overwhelming. To make this task easier on you, it’s important to set achievable goals that will help you plan out how to best tackle the job.
Make a list of each room that needs to be cleaned, and give yourself a timeframe for completion.
1. Focus on one room at a time
Tackle one area at a time rather than attempting to declutter your entire house in one sitting. You’d be setting yourself up for failure otherwise.
It’s best to break it up over a series of days, or more, rather than attempting to do it all in one day. The point is to stay on track and make small changes every day that will leave you with big results in the end.
2. Throw out the obvious junk
How much of the junk that you’ve accumulated is actual garbage? If you sort through your belongings and find things that should obviously be thrown out (like broken toys and scratched up CDs) then you can quickly add these to the garbage pile.
A quick walkthrough of a single room could clear out a surprising amount of garbage so grab the trash bag and get ready. Afterward, you may be motivated to clear out even more objects that don’t “spark joy” anymore.
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3. Decide where your excess stuff will go
To more successfully get the clutter out of your home, it’ll help to plan out what you will do with it afterward. If it’s not garbage, it may be something you can donate. Places like Goodwill will even pick up many of your unwanted, but still usable, items.
If you have more time on your hands and need the extra cash you could consider a garage sale or selling your items online. Keep in mind that this is a more time-intensive and hands-on approach.
Get started and declutter your life today
If junk has taken over your life it’s time to take back control. Use these tips to get rid of the things you don’t need, and allow you to focus on the things you do.
Over time, you’ll start to feel more at ease and stress-free in your home, and you can continue to apply these actions to stop clutter from creeping back in.
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