Your home is your refuge, your place of peace. It is your own little world and it should be a place where you feel good. After all, you spend the most time there. However, your home might become cluttered and crowded with stuff you don’t really need, which can make it difficult to relax. The good news is there are some useful tips that can help you declutter and organize your home properly.
1. Rent A Storage Unit
If you’re the sentimental type, chances are there are some things in your home that you don’t really need, but that hold sentimental value so it feels wrong to sell them or give them away. Or maybe, you have a seasonal hobby, which means lots of things you only use through certain parts of the year. In any case, looking for storage facilities where you can put all the things you don’t really need that often could be a good way to start the declutter process. When renting a unit, it’s important that you find one that is easily accessible to you while also having enough safety measures so that you don’t have to worry about your things. As a general rule, a smart keyless system provides better security than the traditional lock and key.
2. The 6 Months Rule
As you start clearing out things you don’t really need and see all the free space you all of the sudden have, it will quickly become easier and even a fun project. If that’s not enough to motivate you, then here’s another tip: try the 6 months rule. This is how it works: if an item hasn’t been used in 6 months, give it away or sell it. Of course, you are free to have a little leeway with this – if you really love that old vase you can hold on to it. But make sure you limit the number of things you keep even though they don’t see much use. This rule works especially well when organizing your wardrobe since that’s where most people tend to have too many things they don’t need or even like. When you add to that how fast certain things go out of style, this becomes a useful tip that can help you declutter your home without too much effort. When getting rid of the clothes you don’t wear anymore, make sure that you’re left with a cohesive wardrobe that has enough versatile pieces. That way, you won’t have to go shopping for new stuff anytime soon, unless you really want to.
3. A Place For Everything
Now that you’ve got some extra space, it’s time to get organized. One of the best ways to do that is to make sure that there is a proper place for everything. It will be much easier for you to put things back when they’re in their own special place rather than just putting them anywhere until you need them again. When organizing things in your home, it’s important to think about how you use each item in order to make sure it’s in a place where it will be easy enough to reach out for it as well as put it back once you’re done using it. In other words, put the things you use most often in easy to reach places, and the things that aren’t a part of your daily routine towards the back, or on the top shelves. If you enjoy having little trinkets throughout the room, a good way to let them shine and make them look neat is to group them in threes or fives. This will give your home an attractive, interesting look without making it too crowded. For example, a family photograph, a small vase, and a candle can go on the dresser, while a plant, a figurine, and a book can go on the coffee table.
4. Home Storage Options
No matter how many things you decide to part away with, it will be hard to make your home feel really organized if you don’t have enough storage options. Always remember to utilize your wall space – a good shelf will not only provide adequate storage but can also bring interest into a room from a design perspective. Apart from that, baskets are your friends – you can store throw blankets and extra pillows in them, or whatever else you like, and looking into furniture with integrated storage is always a good idea. An ottoman that opens up to reveal extra storage space is a great example of this. Under-bed storage can be a good idea if you have some spare space at the foot of your bed, and if you’re really committed to decluttering and organizing your home, you can even invest in a set of stackable storage cubes that will give you extra space for certain items like clothes or books. In any case, the point is that not everything needs to be on display all of the time, as that can make a room look cluttered.
Decluttering and organizing your home is always worth it in the end. Make sure that you only get rid of things that don’t bring value to your life – there should always be a place for sentimentality, after all. When getting rid of items, think about how you actually use them and make sure to put everything in the proper place once you declutter. By following these simple tips, you can easily declutter and organize your home without too much trouble and truly enjoy your space.