Home De-Cluttering Tips

Posted by Guest Blogger on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 at 3:34pm.

Home De-Cluttering TipsDe-cluttering your home can help you to become more organized and less stressed. There are many rooms in the home that just seem to collect clutter. Clutter can cause discord and stress in families, but thankfully there are many options available for de-cluttering in each room of the home, making life much simpler.

Wondering where to begin? To avoid becoming overwhelmed, it's best to start slow and small. By scheduling regular times to de-clutter in fifteen minutes per day, you can get a good start on removing the clutter from your home before burning out too quickly. Another option is to set aside one to two hour blocks of time one or two days a week. By scheduling de-cluttering times you can avoid feeling burned out and the desire to give up by doing too much at first.

Getting family members involved in the de-cluttering process is essential to removing clutter from the home. Help other family members, especially children, decide what is necessary to keep and what can be given or thrown away. Good habits early will help children avoid developing bad clutter habits as they grow.

Maybe you're not sure even how to begin to de-clutter. First, go into a room with a trash bag and a few baskets. Decide which items can be thrown away, donated, packed away and saved for a later date or kept. Separate these things accordingly. If something has not been worn or used in a year or more consider that maybe now is the time to pass it on or throw it out. By making these decisions and reducing the amount of things that we accumulate over time, it will be much easier in the future to stay organized and clutter-free. After you've sorted through items, immediately donate unwanted items to get them out of the home as soon as possible. Host a yard sale or an online auction to sell any items of value no longer wanted.

“A place for everything and everything in its place” is a good motto to encourage motivation to organize and de-clutter. When deciding where to store items for keeping, it might be a good idea to invest in shelving and other containers to keep clutter to a minimum. If everything has a place where it can be held, stored or displayed it will not be left lying around. Hooks and shelves for holding items at the front door, such as umbrellas or backpacks will help de-clutter this area. Cabinets and Lazy-Susans are great for holding and storing kitchen items as well as art and school supplies. Label, label label! Labeling containers will help family members understand where things go, especially young children. When family members can all pitch in the entire home will be more organized and clutter-free. Even young children can be taught where things belong and are able to put away their own belongings in their rooms or common areas. By including hooks and shelving at a child’s level a parent can teach their child to be more organized.

One of the main components of proper de-cluttering is to remove items from the home that are not necessary. Less is definitely more. By holding onto only what is needed and keeping those items properly organized, all family members can help to create a more comfortable, clutter-free home and atmosphere for all to enjoy.

About the Author

This article is written by Christine Miller in behalf of http://www.iowacityrealestate.com/. Christine applies these tips in de-cluttering her home as a result of her piled up collection of accessories, crafts and gadgets.

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