3 stages to declutter and get your place organized
Do you have too many things and not enough space? Do you feel like your life is full of stuff, or that nothing’s in the right place?
If so, then plan to tackle the clutter and get organized. Why? Because managing your clutter can save you time, stress and money.
Tips to declutter your home – and your life
Once you decide you’re going to do it, where do you begin?
When determining where to start, choose the area that causes you the most anxiety and then move on to the next area according to your priority. Or, go room by room, clearing out closets, shelves, and drawers as you go. Here are suggestions for three stages of decluttering, courtesy of Family Life Educator Cheri Burcham at the University of Illinois Extension.
As you are clearing clutter, ask yourself these questions:
When was the last time I used this? (Decide upon your own acceptable time frame — 1 month, 6 months, etc.)
How often do I use that?
Where do I use it?
Do I have more than one; do I need more than one?
Is it usable? If so, will I ever use it again?
If I didn’t have this item, would it even impact my life?
Once you have cleaned out your clutter, use these strategies for staying on top of those areas.
Spurt strategy: Take 5-15 minutes sporadically during the day to pick up and put away any stray items.
Prompt put away: If there are any tasks that can be completed immediately, do not put it off. For example, hang up your coat, put your keys on the hook, etc.
Castaway container: If you find something you will no longer use, place it here immediately for donation/resale. Once the container is filled, take the necessary steps to move these items along. Otherwise, this can become a secondary clutter issue.
Good riddance routine: Doing de-clutter maintenance on a regular basis. This means taking a look through your clutter clusters regularly.