It starts with putting a magazine on your coffee table that ends up lying there for days on end. Meanwhile, a couple of miscellaneous items appear out of nowhere and, before you know it, your coffee table is cluttered up!
Yes, most of the clutter around your home seems to sneak up on you without any warning; but, the truth is that mess generally takes weeks or months to accumulate. If you’re wondering why you hadn’t noticed it all along, well maybe you did, subconsciously. On the other hand, you may have gotten so used to the clutter around your house that it never stuck out to you.
Whatever the case may be, clutter inside your home is not just unsightly and inconvenient to live with, but it also causes homeowners to be irritable and stressed. Well, you can’t have that! Now, what are we waiting for? Let’s get to our top 4 tips to make your home a clutter-free zone!
1. Be More Practical than Sentimental
If you happen to be one of those parents who hold on to old toys, stuffed animals and other ‘baby’ belongings, you’ve got to rethink what it truly means to keep these things. There is a certain amount of sentimental value attached to the things that once belonged to your children; yet, they are no longer of use to them or, we would assume, anyone else in your house. Hence, they can be donated to orphanages where they will be appreciated and played with rather than collecting dust and cluttering up your living space. Similarly, you should reconsider every item you keep for sentimental reasons; this includes clothes, shoes, accessories and miscellaneous items. While it’s okay to keep a few, the rest will be more useful to someone else.
2. Get Rid of ‘Rubbish’
In a single household, a lot can be classified as rubbish; junk mail, magazines, useless papers, empty boxes/packaging (from online shopping), etc. To get a better idea of what kind of rubbish you may be hoarding in your home, walk into a room and look around; scan the room for things which are entirely useless to you and your family, yet sit there and add to the clutter. Now would be a good time to bring out some garbage bags and start filling them up with rubbish from around your home once and for all! Of course, if there is anything that is useless to you but could be useful to someone else, you know what to do!
3. Scrap Those Non-Working/Broken Appliances
From an old, broken cell phone to a non-working toaster; surely you’ve got some electronics that need to be repaired before you can use them again. However, it’s important to consider how long ago these appliances or gadgets went dead and why they haven’t been repaired all this time; perhaps, you’ll realize that you don’t need them and hence, they can be dumped at the metal scrap yard.
4. Maintain a Clutter-Free Home
This is rather simple, yet we often fail to achieve it. To maintain a clutter-free home, it takes simple measures such as discarding rubbish immediately, donating items as soon as they lose value to you, putting things back in their respective places and so on.
In using all the tips mentioned above, you can make your home a clutter-free zone today, and for the rest of your tomorrows!