It happens to the best of homeowners: With the passing of the years, clutter builds up in surprising places. If we stubbornly ignore this clutter, a mountain of junk will grow. When things start to get out of hand, it might feel impossible to imagine ever cleaning out the junk.
Here are some tips for getting started that will make cleaning possible.
1- Look For Trash
When we think of the word trash, a garbage can comes to mind–but the trash in your home isn’t always smelly and can be difficult to see. Old receipts, expired coupons, broken clothing and food crumbs make your house feel stuffy. When you remove these bits of trash and toss them into a dumpster, you’ll begin to notice a new spaciousness in your home.
2- Go Through Your Closets
Some of us hang on to clothes that are old or have been outgrown. A house can become overrun if these things are not sorted out. Beginning in the kids’ closets, remove apparel that has become too small.
When the closet is organized, you’ll feel better about things like doing the laundry. This process also gives you an opportunity to buy clothes that fit.
Some of the clothes and toys you clear out aren’t trash. They’re in great condition; you just don’t need them anymore. Fill cardboard boxes with items you plan to donate to those in need. It’s a good feeling to watch your house become cleaner. Knowing that you’re helping someone only makes it better!
4- Stay On Top
Every day you bring in mail and leave it on the counter. Your used tubes of makeup are forgotten in the bathroom drawer. You spill cereal under the table, swear you’re going to sweep it up, and find it there a week later.
You can make a difference in the clutter of your home by staying on top of messes like this. Toss empty lipstick tubes in the trash instead of your bathroom drawer. Sweep that cereal as soon as it falls–a tiny spill adds to the mess. Don’t let these things increase the clutter.
5- Do It In Parts
You can’t expect your home to look pristine in a day. Make realistic goals. Come to terms with the fact that it can be weeks before you notice a change.
Focus on cleaning one room at a time. If you look at the mess in the hallway and the kitchen, it’s easy to get discouraged. Start in the master bedroom and move on to the other rooms. This method keeps the work load manageable so you won’t be overwhelmed.
Home is the place where you feel secure. You cook great meals, make memories with family, and relax with books or the television. Keeping the house organized prevents it from becoming a burden.
Don’t let the task of decluttering frighten you; follow these steps and get the task done!