The idea of living a simple, uncluttered life sounds very appealing to many. But in reality, many aspects of our life like work and family responsibilities leave us with busy schedules that we often neglect the state of our homes. Our paper mail and bills usually pile up in the receiving area, dirty clothes can be found all over rooms and hamper bins, and footwear may be lying in chaos near the front door. If this description somehow resonates with the condition of your home right now, then it’s time for a general clean-up.
Whether you like it or not, you need to face decluttering at some point. The best way to overcome this overwhelming project is by organising a plan. You can do it by stages, focus on one room, one space, or even one zone within a room. After you complete each zone, you can move on to the next target space. This will allow you to build momentum and be motivated as you notice visible success at each step.
You don’t need expensive tools to declutter. All that is required of you is your time, determination, and motivation. Accordingly, in this article, we will discuss creative ways to declutter and give your home a fresh clean vibe.
To start, you need to prepare are five baskets. You’ll then assign each with its category of objects. These include items for donation, recycling, repair and cleaning, organising, and disposing thereof.
- For Donation: Donating allows you to practice a spirit of sharing while also effectively minimising clutter in your home. Allot one basket for things that you can donate to a charitable organisation or give to a person. These should be items that you can imagine someone else wanting or needing. For example, your undersized or oversized clothing, books that you don’t read, furniture that you wish to replace, and the like.
- For Recycling: This basket is for recyclable items such as plastics, papers, or glass (not the broken ones). By recycling, you will not just unclutter your home but help the Earth as well by reducing generated waste. Try finishing at least one recycle project a month, as this will not only help with managing clutter but also boost your creativity and productivity.
- For Repair or Cleaning: If you have stuff like electronics, clothes, or shoes that you find valuable and still usable but slightly damaged or dirtied, you can use this container to house these objects temporarily. You should then set a date and time for repairing or cleaning these items.
- For Organizing: This basket is for items that are displaced from their respective storage areas. This can be a teacup that is found in the bathroom or a sweatshirt in the garage. Any items that are not in their proper places should be returned to their designated spots. One helpful way to avoid misplacing items is to have pigeon hole units installed in your home office or bedroom. You can use these to store paper documents, office tools, and even objects for personal use. Some additional storage like wall shelves and stair-step drawers, may also be beneficial in maintaining an organised appearance.
- For Disposing: Fill up the last basket with items that are simply garbage. These include food wrappers, pizza boxes, packaging, and paper materials that should go straight into the trash bin.
Organising your belongings can bring a significant impact on your lifestyle. In fact, well-curated spaces have been found to boost productivity, reduce stress, calm the mind, and optimise overall well-being. So don’t hide behind your mess, get a box and start decluttering your way to a more peaceful life.