Are you feeling overwhelmed with clutter? Well a new year is the perfect time to take control. Clearing away clutter can be quite easy and painless; you just need to follow a few simple steps. Take a peek below at 7 steps for clearing out clutter in the New Year. When you give these tips a try, you can enjoy a cleaner, clutter free space!
1. Create a sorting station.
Begin by creating a sorting station. This will be where you can sort your clutter as you gather it. Label three boxes as follows : KEEP, TOSS, DONATE. Each item should be able to get filed into one of the boxes.
2. Start gathering your clutter.
Go around the house with a laundry basket or bin and start collecting clutter. Clean off shelves, end tables, counters, and more. You may wish to tackle this job one room at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed. Once your basket is full, head to the sorting station as mentioned above.
3. Start filing your clutter.
Now, sort your clutter by placing the items into one of the baskets. You can either keep, toss, or donate the items. Each item must fall into one of the categories.
4. Figure out a tie breaker.
You may need a tie breaker if you are having a hard time deciding which basket an item should go into . For example you may have sweater, and while you don’t wear it often, you aren’t quite sure if you should donate it first. Have a tie breaker ready for such instances. For example, you can break the tie by asking yourself, “If I saw this on a clothing rack today, would I buy it?” If the answer is no, donate it. If the answer is yes, find room for it in the keep bin.
5. Liquidate your gatherings.
Once your clutter is filed into one of the three baskets, it is time to liquidate them. Take donations immediately over to a thrift store. Take all trash out to the curb. Take your keep pile and begin finding a home for each and every item.
Once you have emptied your files, re-evaluate your space to see if there is more you can add to one of them. You may find more items worth donating or tossing if you sort through each room again.
7. Prevent future clutter.
Go on a buying freeze for a week or as much as month so you avoid bringing new clutter into the home. Take all trash out as you create it and continue to comb through closets for donations as you can.
Clearing away clutter can be easy when you give these tips a try! With these tips you can get a cleaner, more organized space in the new year that your whole family can enjoy.
Want even more organizational tips? Check out our interview with Dorothy Breininger from A&E’s Emmy-nominated weekly series, Hoarders ~ “DorothytheOrganizer” Shares Her Top Ten Organizational Tips.