Clutter happens to just about everyone. Most people accumulate items that might be relevant and important at one time but become useless over the years.
Some items might have sentimental value that you keep around but never actually use or even look at anymore. Eventually, you forget that you have them, but they still remain. You might move one or more times and make the task much harder by hauling around clutter that you do not need.
Tips for Decluttering My Home
The answer to “How do I start to declutter my house?” is to determine what you use daily, on occasion, and virtually never. Some items, like specialized tools or cooking utensils, might have an important function but only see use on rare occasions.
Other items might never get used and have lost their purpose in your life. Unless they contain important information or hold value, you are just hanging onto the past and a little more. Some items you might keep around for years but have forgotten about. Those are ideal candidates for disposal in one manner or another.
Assess Your Belongings
The first step to decluttering my home is to go through your belongings and determine what you need. Some items remain very useful, while others no longer have a real purpose.
You should rate your belongings as the things that are:
- Needed and used regularly
- Of occasional use
- No longer needed
- Junk that has no real value
The pragmatic approach assesses all you need and should remain easy to locate. The value is that they are useful regularly, such as daily or during the various seasons of the year. Such items are those that you want to keep handy and well-organized.
Other items might be needed once in a while for a special purpose, like holiday decorations. Such items are ideal for storing in storage bins that you can keep in an out-of-the-way location. Labeling the storage bins to identify their general contents will help you find what you need when needed.
Get Rid of Unused Clutter
After you have determined which items are useful, what is left are items that add to the clutter. Some of those items might have sentimental value. If the sentiment remains and you reflect upon it regularly, they actually have a use and value in your life. Otherwise, it is just unnecessary junk.
Unneeded junk generally falls into two categories. One is an item of value or that still has useful life remaining. An old bicycle you have not ridden in years, clothes that no longer fit, or items that have some scrap value are good examples. You can sell such items at a pawn shop or donate them to Goodwill or the Salvation Army so that someone else can use them. Recyclable items can go to a recycling center. Once they are gone, so is the clutter.
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