Declutter Your Home In A Way That’s Painless!

Homes Get Cluttered Up Over Time; That’s How It Is

It doesn’t matter how big or small your house is. It doesn’t matter how well off you are, or how difficult it is to make ends meet at the end of the month. Clutter doesn’t care about these things. All clutter cares for is apathy. Now the thing is, apathy and fatigue develop regardless of your intentions because life often impacts people with unexpected “plot twists” if you will.

There will always be times when you get a little bit behind, or you have to move, or someone moves in, or structural issues like a flooded basement force you to pull everything out of one part of the house.

Things happen, there’s just no way around it. However, you can prepare for things to develop outside your control. Also, you can counteract clutter deliberately. Following we’ll briefly explore five things you can do to not only declutter your home but simultaneously reduce clutter accumulation over time.

1. Throw Away Things That Are Broken Or Useless

If you don’t need it, and you don’t want it, why do you have it? In college a lot of people get into the habit of keeping all plastic sacks. Why? Well, there’s a lot of situations in life where you could use a good plastic sack, and you don’t have one. But by your forties, you may have a whole cubby in the pantry filled with plastic sacks you’ll never use. Throw them out!

Do you have broken chairs, chipped glasses, bent silverware, tattered sheets, wonky lamps, hole-filled pants, sole-less shoes, wonky bicycles, or busted musical instruments? Sell them or throw them out. If something doesn’t deserve your emotional investment, get rid of it. There’s no reason you should be collecting plastic disposable cups by the couch.

2. Reconfigure Varying Furniture Arrangements

Sometimes what you’re dealing with is a “traffic” issue inside the home. Maybe you rearrange the furniture or switch the wide dining table upstairs for the skinny card table downstairs to give the dining room more walking space. Look at what you’ve got, explore where there are clutter issues, and see if switching things around is helpful.

3. Add Additional Storage Solutions

Sometimes the problem isn’t the clutter, it’s not having requisite storage to deal with the clutter. If that’s the case in, say, the kitchen, here’s a simple idea: simply install some new kitchen cabinets.

RTA stands for Ready To Assemble. RTA cabinets can be ordered to fit a specific space and then installed right where you need them in a cost-effective DIY way. Or you can hire a contractor. Kitchen, bathroom, living room, workspaces—cabinets can be ordered for any of these areas, and you can install them with relative simplicity.

4. Put Cumbersome Things In External Storage

Some things need to be stored, but they’re too big for the house. Well, if you’re so blessed in life, is there a good reason not to rent out a storage container? Or, contrarily, do you have a garage that could be used for storage? Or an unfinished basement? Or an empty attic?

The stuff you don’t need can be put away in storage over the long term, and space reclaimed.

5. Get Ideas From Friends, Family, And The Internet

Sometimes you just need a little inspiration from without to help inform interior storage. This minimalist website has some notable ideas about decluttering you might want to think about. You might also ask friends or family what they do with clutter. Sometimes they’ll tell you to just throw it out. Other times, they’ll advise you to have a garage sale.

What works for them may not work for you, but when you get advice from people who’ve been where you are now, you’re more likely to find a course of action that will help you overcome the issue. Certainly, finding solutions on your own may work just as well; but every situation is different. Advice from those who have experience is hard to overvalue.

Up Your Home Through Organization

When you get rid of things you don’t need, reconfigure furniture to be more conducive to the organization, add more storage solutions, put things you don’t need but can’t throw out in storage, and inspire yourself with ideas from friends, family, or the web, you’ll be able to more effectively declutter your home.