It’s easy to get caught up in life’s little messes. From endless receipts to overflowing laundry baskets, there always seems to be an excess of stuff in our lives.
However, it’s time to take stock of your own space by learning new ways to declutter your life. Not only will this free up your surroundings, but it is also a great way to relieve stress and add energy back into your day.
Give your space purpose again by organizing your home.
1. Always Make Your Bed
When organizing your life, always start by making your bed. It’s a simple way to begin the decluttering process. Think of it this way – the bed is the main focus point of the bedroom, which is your most precious space in your home. If the bed is tidy, all of the mess surrounding it will look and feel out of place. Start your deep cleaning process by making your bed.
2. Clean Out Your Closet
There’s no reason to hold on to clothing items that you’ll never wear. It’s time to take a good look at your wardrobe, and remove items that are just taking up space. Donate or recycle your old clothing to free up valuable storage space.
3. Sort Your Papers
Notice that you have a lot of excess papers piling up? We all do! Instead of tossing around important papers on the counter, table, or nightstand, designated everything to a specific spot. Not only will it be a great resource for tracking down your essentials, but it will also leave your space mess-free. No more lost receipts or billing statements!
4. Create Shelving
If you’re low on storage space, create it yourself! Free standing shelving is not only chic, but it’s a great way to display your favorite items. Simply install wooden boards along an empty wall, and fill with items that you regularly use. This is great for those with little counter space or bedroom storage.
5. Go Through The Medicine Cabinet
While this may seem like a menial task, our medicine cabinets tend to pile up quickly. Be sure to check to see whether certain medications have expired, or if anything has been left open or unused. Toss anything that you won’t use in the foreseeable future.
6. Ditch The Gifts
Did your mother-in-law give you [yet] another gravy boat? It’s time to pass it on. We’ve all be guilty of hanging on to unnecessary gifts out of guilt or shame. It’s time to ditch the nostalgia by ditching the gift. If we’re being honest, it’s only taking up extra space. Donate any un-useful household items, or even feel free to regift.
7. Reconsider “Just-In-Case”
Yes, you may get invited to a fancy cocktail party, which requires an over-the-top outfit. Then again, you may not. It’s time to reconsider your “just-in-case” items. If it seems more like a dream than a reality, it’s time to part with the item.
8. Click “Delete”
Even our computers can be a source of unnecessary stress. Take the time one after to really clean out your hard drive in order to declutter your online space. There is no sense in keeping every last file, download, or photo. Comb through your inbox, and decide what’s worth saving, and what isn’t. It will help to bring clarity to your online activities.
9. Put It In The Car
After you’ve uncluttered your living space, immediately put your donation items into your car. That way they won’t take up extra space in your home and your guaranteed to take them to the proper outlets.
10. Limit The Number Of Hangers
Can’t decide what to toss from your wardrobe? Limit the number of hangers in your closet. What you decide to hangup is usually telling about what items you intend to wear.
11. Fold Your Bedsheets Into A Matching Pillowcase
Don’t let stray sheets go unmatched. Keep your linens sets together by folding each piece, and placing into its matching pillowcase. Not only is this aesthetically pleasing, but it will also help ensure that everything stays together. No more mismatched bedding.
12. Designate Your Drawers
Tidy up your drawer space by creating all-in-one drawers. This means that you simply designate a drawer to contain only one type of thing. We typically do this for things like silverware, but what if you started doing this for items that you regularly use? Real Simple suggests doing this for items like candles in order to be prepared for any situation.
13. Tackle Your Tupperware
Ah, the dreaded tupperware cabinet. It’s time to say goodbye to pieces that simply don’t work with one another. Start by placing each piece out, and finding its corresponding lid or top. If it doesn’t have one, then it’s time to toss it.
14. Download Your Discount Cards
Almost every store in the nation has an app. Take advantage of The Cloud by downloading your discount and membership cards to your cell phone. This way you can free up space on both your key ring and in your wallet.
15. Give Meaningfully
No one else wants added clutter in their lives. Learn the art of meaningful giving by giving gifts that your loved one will actually cherish. For instance, take someone out for dinner, give a bottle of wine or plan a shopping date. It’s an easy way to show your love without adding clutter.
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