Decluttering Tips

Has your home gotten lost in piles of clutter?  Don’t fall victim to losing ownership of your space to excess clutter and unwanted items. Take these recommendations from the organizational professionals and commit to reclaiming your space and the Zen like environment that’s welcoming to come home to.

Grab a stopwatch, kitchen timer or your smartphone.  Carve out a mere thirty minutes a day to tackle one room at a time.  Don’t leave the space you’ve designated to declutter for the full thirty minutes. Take at least three garbage bags for three separate piles of items.  One pile is for trash, the second is for donations and the third is for recycling. Use these qualifiers as guidelines on what to keep and what to dispose of. If it doesn’t hold sentimental value, if it hasn’t been used in over a year or is not is proper working order, muster the strength to place it in one of the three designated piles.  Use this process throughout your de-cluttering sessions and you’ll be amazed at your productivity. Resist the temptation to simply move items from one space to another. This is not organizing and decluttering, but simply shifting the burden to another space.

Once items and clutter have been pared down, take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in several appropriately sized containers from Container Store to neatly store the remaining items in each space.  Don’t purchase containers until purging and decluttering is complete, otherwise you’re simply storing unwanted items.

Follow this thirty minute process in each are of the designated space and you’ll be amazed at how quickly progress can be made. Reclaiming your space won’t happen overnight – so don’t expect immediate results.  Sometimes the burden of excess clutter can be so overwhelming that it’s difficult to get started. Take these thirty minute baby steps and your space will soon take on the Zen feel that you’ve worked so hard to achieve. Best of luck to you on your decluttering journey!