Decluttering your home can have major benefits for your entire family, and when paired with a good deep-cleaning it can help you improve everything from your physical health to your stress levels. That’s because living with clutter can cause anxiety and garners dust, mites, mold, bacteria, and bugs, all of which can cause serious issues where your health is concerned. If you’ve been wanting to get clean and organized but are worried about how to get started without help, rest assured there are several things you can do to get your house into shape without a pro’s assistance.
One of the first rules of decluttering is knowing when to give something up. Many people hold onto items because of sentimental value and fail to take into account the extra space they could have without them; others keep things they might be able to use down the road even if they haven’t touched them in years. Once you learn how to detach yourself emotionally from belongings, you’ll find that decluttering is much easier.
Here are a few tips on how to get started with a big decluttering job.
Store large items
If you have large items, such as furniture or antiques that have been in your family for a long time, remember that you don’t necessarily have to get rid of them; you just need to find a safe place for them so you can make room in your house. Renting a storage unit will allow you to get those pieces out of your basement or attic, so consider looking for a spot that will keep your belongings safe until you make other arrangements for them. In Chicago, your best value will be a $60 10×10 unit at SmartStop Self Storage in Crestwood. That’s a reasonable expenditure to open up space and know your belongings are safe.
Going digital with collections — such as music, movies, or photos — can be a daunting task if you have a lot to change over, but it can really be helpful when it comes to making room in your home. Digitizing one collection at a time will help to reduce the workload, so start with the smallest. There are several ways technology can help these days; using streaming apps like Spotify for your music will allow you to save your music collection onto an external hard drive and get rid of the physical items, while saving your photos to the cloud will allow you to remove photo albums and make room on your shelves.
Utilize storage bins
Using storage bins all around the house can help you stay organized. Smaller bins or even decorative mugs can hold pens, pencils, art supplies, stamps, and envelopes on your desk, while over-the-door racks can keep everything from shoes to spices neat and easily accessible. The more you can keep small items off of countertops and other surfaces, the tidier your home will be. You can also find matching bins or furniture that doubles as storage for your child’s bedroom to help keep toys neat.
One of the most difficult parts of getting rid of clutter is simply maintaining the organization around your house. But if you can come up with a good plan to stay on top of it, you’ll be able to dramatically reduce stress. Taking five or 10 minutes each day to tidy up will really help you keep things neat, and your family members can join in and help. Creating areas for mail and other paperwork, backpacks and shoes, and keys or purses will also be a big help.
Decluttering and getting organized can boost many aspects of your health and can improve your mood and ability to sleep well, so what are you waiting for? Get started in one room and work your way out to avoid becoming overwhelmed, and get the entire family involved to make each job a little easier. Soon you’ll have a home that caters to your needs while keeping you healthy and happy!