As homeowners, we often find ourselves holding on to clothes, utensils, old appliances, and other items we no longer use, mainly because we are attached to them or feel bad about throwing them away. When this habit persists, it’s possible to wake up one day and realize we’ve acquired a lot of junk in our homes, and there’s less space to put away the items we frequently use. Eventually, it comes time to simplify our lives by decluttering the entire house, and some people may not know where to start. Here is a step-by-step guide with tips on how to effectively begin decluttering your home today.
Decluttering the Bedroom
Decluttering a bedroom does not require special tools or skills; all you need are baskets to put away the items you do not need daily. To start, neatly make your bed; then, clear your nightstands of any pens, unnecessary papers, chargers, glasses, and books that you have already read. Put these items in a basket or bin, or throw them out, but make sure to keep recyclable items for reuse. After that, head to your wardrobe to find worn clothes and put them in a bin. Then place the clothes you rarely wear in donation bags or give them to your friends and family. Finally, fight the urge to shove your clothes back into the wardrobe; instead, fold them nicely and arrange them in various drawers. Lastly, hang clothes that easily wrinkle in the closet and put all dirty clothes in the laundry basket.
Decluttering the Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the more challenging parts of the house to declutter, as we have a habit of storing cooking tools, hoping that someday we will host guests or make a particular dish that requires the appliance. Kitchens end up with items we rarely remember exist or even recall the last time they were used. Therefore, to effectively declutter your kitchen, focus on one category at a time, for example, baking ware, glassware, utensils, and then cutting boards. Begin by emptying your drawers and cabinets and evaluating items to decide what you need to keep and what you need to put away. Then restore everything to its rightful compartment. Afterward, move as many things as possible from the countertop into storage spaces while leaving out those you use daily.
Decluttering the Living Room
Since the living room is the place most guests get the first impression of your home, you should ensure that it is neat. This area can be a challenge to keep clean, as the room does not offer a lot of storage space. Find a place for the items you regularly use—such as magazines, books, and remote controls—then eliminate anything that does not fall into this category. Then get rid of any electric cables not connected to your home theatre or television and relocate gaming gadgets and chargers to storage cabinets. While you’re at it, get rid of any unusable cables and donate the toys your kids no longer play with.
Decluttering the Bathroom
Occasionally, we leave toothpaste on the sink or forget to place toiletries back in their rightful space. Then, before we even realize, the bathroom turns into a mess, and we spend a lot of time trying to find what we need. When organizing your bathroom, take out things you don’t regularly use while checking the expiration dates of cosmetic products and pills to ensure you don’t keep anything harmful to your body and health. Finally, place the things you do often use in an accessible drawer to avoid disarranging other items when reaching for them.
Decluttering your home will add more space to your house, enable you to locate items you need in a short time, and keep your home looking neat. For more tips on decluttering, check out the services from Bin There Dump That. They can help you declutter by providing dumpsters and trash containers for rent, construction clean up, waste disposal, hauling, junk removal, and more.