5 Ways to Declutter Your Home

Follow these 5 tips to declutter your space.

When life is not going your way, the quickest and easiest way to make it better is to declutter and organize your home. This process allows you to alleviate stress and gives you the environment to focus on solving your true problems. Don’t underestimate the power of a clean and orderly space. It just might be the catalyst for you to achieve your goals. 

 

 

Don’t fear! Decluttering your space will be easier than you think. By designing your space for success and building the right habits, you’ll be able to declutter your home in no time. Follow these 5 tips to create your most productive space:

 

1. Get the appropriate containers

Half the battle of maintaining a decluttered space is how you design your space initially. Make sure you find an apartment or house that has plenty of storage space because it’s easier to organize your belongings when there is a built-in designated space for organization. But, you also need to think about creating your own areas of organization. That means finding containers like:

  • Garage & Tool Storage

  • Storage Benches

  • Storage Drawers

  • Shoe Storage

  • Kitchen Storage

  • Cabinets & Chests

  • Shelving

  • Storage Ottomans

  • Cube Storage

  • Drawer Organization

  • Closet Systems

  • Jewelry Organization

  • Outdoor Storage

With these tools, you can organize your space from the get-go and not have to worry about where your belongings should go. 

 

2. Clean your dishes right after you eat

Once you’ve organized your space with the design, you need to start building the right habits. That means making an effort everyday after you’ve cooked (or gotten takeout) to clean and throw your trash away after you eat.

Do not leave those dishes in the sink. I had a roommate who left the dishes in the sink for a week. Don’t do that. Whether you hand-wash the dishes or simply put them in the dishwasher, do it right after you finish eating. To motivate yourself just think: “It will only take me exactly 1 minute to put these dishes in the dishwasher so that my house will not smell like spoiled food.”

 

3. Take out the trash once a week on the same day

I need to build this habit myself. Instead of economizing and letting your trash bag become full, throw your trash away every week on the same day no matter how much trash you have.

In the past, I’ve waited several weeks before taking out my recycling trash. I waited two weeks before the trash filled the bag and in the midst of all of this I travelled. When I came back from my travel, I could not muster the strength to take out the trash at that moment so I waited another week. And after ordering pizza a couple of times and having boxes from too much online shopping, I had two whole bags of recycling. Needless to say, that sucked. So I will just throw out my trash regardless every Sunday. 

 

4. Clean your space once a week on the same day

I’m talking about a light clean once a week. It shouldn’t take you longer than 45 minutes. 

Go over your Kitchen area: 

  • Refrigerator

  • Countertops

  • Sink

  • Floors

Go over your Dining area: 

  • Dining Table

  • Light Fixture(s)

  • Floors

Go over your Living Room area:

  • Sofa

  • Coffee Table

  • End Table(s)

  • TV Stand

  • Light Fixture(s)

  • Carpet

  • Floors

Go over your Bedroom area: 

  • Side Table(s)

  • Light Fixture(s)

  • Carpet

  • Bed Sheets (Laundry)

  • Floors

Go over your Bathroom area: 

  • Sink

  • Countertops

  • Cabinets

  • Shower/Bath Tub

  • Toilet

  • Mirror

  • Beauty Tools

  • Floors

Go over your Closet area:

  • Clothes (Laundry)

  • Clothes (Organization)

  • Floors

With this routine, your space will always look spotless. 

 

5. Throw away papers once a week on the same day

I have a drawer where I confine all of my important documents and receipts. But it’s just as important knowing what is not important. If you know you’re not going to use Bed, Bath, and Beyond’s one hundredth 20% discount, throw it away. If you know you already have a copy of the paper online, throw it away. If something has expired, throw it away. If it’s a magazine from 2009, throw it away (unless it’s a classic). Some people have decades worth of papers sitting around because they think it’s going to be important to save, but it’s more than likely not important at all. Get rid of those papers, and recycle!

 

With a thoughtful design and established habits, your home will never looked cluttered. With this clean space, you will have the space to think about how you can achieve your goals. How do you like to declutter your home to put yourself in the right headspace? 

 

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