Are you having trouble getting rid of things cluttering up around the house? Has your home turned into a collector’s dream? Do you have closets you can’t even open anymore in fear of what might fall out? It might be time for a good dose of decluttering.
Clutter is actually proven to increase stress levels.
…so although it’s hard to part with that letter jacket from high school or that greeting card from an old boyfriend, at the end of the day you will be glad you did.
Let Go Of The Clutter
Follow these simple steps to declutter and restore a new sense of peace in your home!
- Give it away. Take this new season as an opportunity to go through your clothes and toss out anything you don’t like or can’t fit in. If you didn’t wear it last year chances are you won’t wear it again, so donate it to someone who will. Home décor items go in and out of style too. If those curtains haven’t hung for decades, it’s time to give them to someone who could use them. Your trash may be someone else’s treasure.
- Try a test run without it. Pack up a box with items that you rarely use such as small appliances, unused electronics, and old toys. Pack the box away for a few months. If you don’t need anything from the box in that time period then you can probably get rid of it.
- In and out. A good rule to follow is anytime you buy one thing and bring it home, get rid of one thing in return. In comes a new flat screen tv, and out goes that old dinosaur tv in the basement. That will help to at least maintain status quo in your home.
- Up-cycle. Let’s say you paint a room and your décor no longer matches. Rather than buying new, consider moving things around from other rooms to use what you already have. Flip flop the curtains in your bedroom with your living room to freshen it up for free.
- Say no to shopping. Just because that mixing bowl is on sale doesn’t mean you have to buy it, especially when you have twelve others at home. Impulsive shopping can contribute significantly to the clutter in your home, so just back away and think, “Do I REALLY need this?”
- Quick clean every night. Going to bed in a home that is tidy and neat makes sleep more restful. Take a few minutes each night to tidy up quickly by wiping down counters, loading the dishwasher, and putting toys away. Waking up to a ship-shape home will start your day better.
- Put it in its place. Having a designated space for things helps to control clutter considerably. If you have the room, try a backpack storage piece to keep all of your children’s school supplies in one area. This will keep books from winding up all over your kitchen floor. Similarly, try having a basket near the front door as a designated area for keys, cell phones, and wallets.
- Label it. Instead of just tossing things into your closet, consider labeling fabric storage bins for specific items. For example, have a bin for pajamas, a bin for socks, and a bin for t-shirts. That makes putting laundry away much easier and is also easier to find things, especially for kids.
- Challenge yourself. Try the 12-12-12 challenge. Find 12 items to toss, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to put back in their proper places. You will quickly organize 36 items in your home. Try it every day for a week and you will have your home decluttered in no time!
No one wants TLC knocking on their door asking them to be the next star of “Hoarding: Buried Alive.” Whether you call yourself a packrat, a “collector of memories”, or just plain messy, Frog Hauling can help you become organized, tidy, and clutter-free in no time.
If you’re ready to give your home a serious decluttering, Frog Hauling can make the job a lot easier! You can even convince a few neighbors to join in the decluttering crusade with you and share a dumpster container to transport of unwanted items to a new location.
Call Frog Hauling at (614) 258-3764 for an estimate and transport the clutter from your home AND your mind for good!
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