Many people have excellent theories on how to declutter their homes. This is an admission that they are neck-deep in clutter. Now, it is easy to come up with declutter theories but putting these theories to work is where many people fall flat on their cluttered faces. There is only one way to deal with clutter and that is to have an action plan and carry it out with the determination of a tough drill sergeant. Below are ten ways to declutter your house.
Stop buying things you do not need
Clutter begins with shopping so if you want to reduce clutter you should attack the problem by dealing with the very source of the problem. Stop buying things you do not need and you will have fewer items to clutter your house.
Keep a basket in every room
Your house is cluttered because you do not use baskets. Keep a basket in every room and drop all unnecessary material into this basket. Make this a habit and you will notice immediate results.
Donate on a regular basis
Millions of people elsewhere need the things that clutter your homes. Donate old clothes, shoes, bags and magazines to people that need these things. Give away outdated mobile phones and electronic gadgets as soon as you buy new ones. This way, your house will be less cluttered and you will help the less privileged people in the society.
Keep a long list
Have a long list of things you need and things you do not need. This is your clutter list and it will definitely help you declutter your house. Once you have established that certain items on your list are no longer useful to you, get rid of them immediately.
Do not be sentimental
Many people keep gifts that they do not need because they have a sentimental attachment to these things. If you want to declutter your house, you should put on your ruthless hat. Get a box for all the gifts that you do not use and pack them away. Once you have taken this drastic step, the next step is easy. Give these things away and your home will be neater and more comfortable.
Return everything you touch or use
One huge cause of clutter is carelessness. Many people use every day household items and leave them in the places where they are not supposed to be. Make it a habit to replace any item you touch in its original position. This way, shorts, shirts, socks, books and magazines will not end up in odd places in your room.
Sell items you do not need
It pays to donate items you do not need but if you do not want to donate, you can simply sell unwanted items and get some cash. You have an old radio that you hardly use or an outdated desktop computer that is just taking up space in your house. Sell these and other items and pick up some cash.
One thing in; one thing out
Every time you buy something new, get rid of an old one immediately. For instance, you have just bought a new shirt so you should get rid of the old faded one. If you buy a new toy for your kids, you should get rid of the one they have outgrown immediately. Get a box for these items and donate the whole box of replaced items to other people that need them.
Involve another person
Sometimes, you may not know the items that clutter your house because you are not looking at the house objectively. Get a piece of paper and have a close friend or relative list all the unwanted items in your house. Go through this list later and tick all the items you do not need. Get rid of them and you will reduce clutter.
Set a date for decluttering
Set a date to declutter your house and mark it in your calendar. The last Saturday or the last Sunday of every month is just fine. Once you have set the date, you will easily remember and carry out the decluttering project.
There is no point in living in denial. For millions of people across the globe clutter is a way of life. However, things do not have to be this way. Implement the tips above and you will declutter your house.