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You might find yourself looking around your home on a daily basis and feeling dejected. We spend so much time and energy making our living spaces just right but, over time, clutter can accumulate. With the daily traffic of people, kids and pets, we often don’t have time to pick up or organize every last thing so it can quickly become overwhelming. Decluttering is good, not only for the soul, but also the environment as long as you’re disposing of things responsibly or passing them on to others who can use them. But here are our top ways that you can start decluttering your home and breathe new life into your living space.
Make a Plan
Like most things, making a plan before you get going will infinitely improve your chances of success. No matter how little you think you have to declutter, starting with a plan of attack and set goals you want to reach is a sure-fire way to ensure your decluttering victory. Make a map of your home and highlight key spots for decluttering. If there are areas which you know are going to be problems, you can give them a score of 1-5 (5 being the most cluttered). This will help you prioritize your time. Give yourself completion dates. It can be helpful to think about the SMART acronym when you’re approaching problems like this, so you can ensure that you have set yourself a reasonable timeframe in which to complete your task.
Have a Storage System
There may be items that are still useful, but you have replaced or just aren’t for you any longer. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it does cause problems when stuff just gets thrown away and ends up in landfill. You might have planned to eBay your things at a later date, so finding a place for storing your belongings in the interim is vital so you don’t just end up moving the clutter from one part of your home to another. You will have three different options whenever you are decluttering: things to keep, things to get rid of, and things that go into storage. Try and stay decisive throughout the process – otherwise the pile of things you aren’t sure what to do with can reach mammoth proportions quickly!
How to Get Rid of Things
Recycle – You should already be aware of how your area recycles glass, paper and plastics so these can just be dealt with there and then. It can be harder to know what to do with old electronics though, but often these can also be recycled. Check for places which take them in your local area, or they can sometimes be sent off.
Garage sale – You might make a few bucks off your old stuff just by having a garage or car boot sale. You never know what people might want… Of course, have a contingency plan for recycling or donating things if the garage sale doesn’t work. Otherwise, you’ll just end up with everything you didn’t sell coming straight back in!