Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year: No Clutter!

De-Cluttering for the New Year

De-cluttering when selling your home is always a good idea, but removing clutter in general is always a good idea in your home. The new year is an opportunity for a clean start and removing the clutter in your home can help. Whether you are selling your home or just trying to get a clutter-free home, here are some helpful tips:

  • Designate a specific spot for incoming papers. A certain spot to put them before you are able to file them.
  • Start with one "no-clutter" area. This is a spot where nothing can be placed that is not in use and  everything must be put away. Once you've got that it can expand to more places.
  • Pick up five items and find specific locations for them. These are things you actually use, but don't have a good spot yet.
  • Pull everything out of the draws. Separate the contents into three piles: belongs in the draw, belongs elsewhere, and ditch. 
  • Create a "maybe" box. When organizing, put items that you don't know what to do with, but you aren't finished yet in here. Go through this box every 6 months to re-evaluate the items. 
  • Keep it going: after decluttering, don't get tempted to go buy new things. For this create 30-day list with the things you do not need, but want to buy. Check after 30-days, and if you still want it, then buy it. 

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