Many of the world’s great thinkers have extolled the virtues of a simple, minimalist life. Albert Einstein, Alfred Nobel, and Steve Jobs all shared one common trait. They knew how to rid themselves of clutter. And now, you can too.
Keeping Everything Organized
Getting organized can be challenging, but the first step is getting all the clutter out of your home. (You might even want to invite a friend over to help you label and box everything.) Once you have your clutter out, it’s time to tackle the big job of organizing. Even if you’ve never been the organized type, don’t despair. Getting organized is a skill you can learn, and you can start with a few simple strategies.
We all have that drawer, closet, or room in our home that we are scared to look inside. If you have things piled on top of other things or don’t know where all your things are, you need to take action. A home filled with clutter can feel cramped and uncomfortable. But decluttering doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Use these decluttering tips to get started and get your home back in order:
- Start by purging everything that you don’t need or use. Don’t keep things that aren’t important to you. It’s time to get rid of the clutter once and for all! Time to stop shuffling things around and start facing the mess. If you haven’t used it in six months or a year, chances are you never will. Let it go!
- Donating clothes you never wear is an easy way to declutter your closet, but you do have to be selective about what you hand over. Think about each piece and ask yourself if you have worn it within the last year. Donate anything you haven’t worn in the last year, along with any clothes you never wear, especially if they are out of date or don’t fit. When you donate clothes, you are helping to get them out of the closet and into the hands of someone who needs them.
- Make a list of everything you are keeping and why you are keeping it. Many of the items in our home have a purpose and a place. But there are also many things we keep that we don’t need, and even more that we keep out of habit. If you’re ready to simplify your life, start by making a list of everything you are keeping and the reason why you are keeping it. Then ask yourself if you really need to keep each item or if you can live with a little less clutter in your home.
- Purge items you haven’t used in the last year. All you have to do is take a look around your home, the thing about what you haven’t used in the last year, and toss it! If it’s still useful after a year, it’s probably something you use on a regular basis and should be kept around. After the purge, find a place for everything that you have kept.
- Use the box method. The four-box method is your best bet for getting your clutter under control. If you are a firm believer in the “out of sight, out of mind” method of clutter control, you might want to reconsider. While you will need some storage space in your home, the clutter-free lifestyle isn’t about hiding your stuff: it’s about putting your things in their proper place, so they don’t end up scattered in your home.
- Get help from a friend or a local professional organizer. The main benefit of working with a professional is that they will have the knowledge to help you get your home organized. You may have some specific areas that you want help with, like your closets or your paperwork, and a professional organizer will be able to help you with these. They can also help you make a plan to get organized so that you don’t have to do it all at once.
Even if you don’t think so, your home is filled with clutter. It’s impossible to avoid because clutter is defined as anything that is not in its proper place. But even though you may not think your home is cluttered, the chances are good that it is. So, how do you go about getting the clutter out of your home? Organizing experts say that the key to a clutter-free home is to work on one room at a time. This way, you’re not overwhelmed by the task of having to organize everything at once.