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Christmas is just around the corner and you know what that means…Family will be in town, presents will be arriving at your door, and you will feel the need to put more in your house than you really need (think about all of those cozy blankets on the Target shelves!). Because of this, I always say that a fall cleaning is more important than a spring cleaning, but you need to declutter before you clean. If you do not know where to start when it comes to decluttering, I am here to help! Here are 6 tips to declutter your home:
Work Room By Room
Decluttering a house can be a huge and difficult task to accomplish. Instead of stressing over decluttering the entire house in one weekend, work room by room to help you achieve your goal. This will break the process down into steps and keep you motivated and productive!
Have Someone Hold You Accountable
Unless you are extremely motivated, sticking to a goal that does not have a set end can be difficult. Find a friend or family member who can hold you accountable for your decluttering! Set attainable goals that both you and your accountability partner are aware of, and have them check up on you by your set “due date” to make sure you are staying on top of and reaching your goals. If you have a friend or family member who also wants to declutter, set goals that you can both achieve so that you can work through the process together!
Give One Thing Away Per Day
For many people, the most difficult part of decluttering is giving up possessions that they feel they will miss. One thing that can ease this fear is to give yourself of getting rid of only one item a day. Parting with one thing is much easier than filling boxes and boxes and dropping them off! Even getting rid of only one item a day can make a huge difference in your home in a very short time. Eventually, parting with your possessions will become easier and more bearable.
Use The “Hanger” Method
This is one of my very favorite ways to declutter. The very best part is, it takes very minimal work on your part! So what is the “hanger” method? Made famous by Oprah, the hanger method is a decluttering tool that helps you to identify which clothing in your closet you do not wear enough to justify keeping. Once a year, turn all of the hanger in your closet backwards, so that you have to life the clothing backwards off the rack to remove it. After you wear it, turn the hanger around to the normal direction. In 6 months (or a year if you want to be generous with yourself), go through your closet and see which hangers have not been switched back to the normal direction. These are clothes which you have not worn in 6 months to a year, and should be donated. You can use this method in other rooms for other types of items as well!
Move Old Furniture
One thing I love about decluttering the home is getting rid of the old, in order to fit new furniture and items in (when needed, of course). So, move out all of your old furniture and move in the new, but what do you do with the old furniture, you might be wondering? Why don’t you move it to a friends home? As they say, one person’s trash is another’s treasure. But, instead of moving it yourself, why not using a moving company instead, to save you time and energy. Moving companies in the Atlanta area such as Atlanta Peach Movers can benefit you significantly. Atlanta Peach Movers says, “Simply put, no job is too big or too small, and Atlanta Peach Movers applies the same standard of excellence to every move we make. Whether you’re switching apartments or moving your offices to a new building, we have the time and resources to handle it. Whether you’re moving across town, making a long distance move or relocating overseas, our professional movers will get your belongings there, on time and intact.” They offer packing services (if needed), and even white-glove treatment services, for fragile or vintage pieces of furniture. Over the years, Atlanta Peach Movers have become the moving company of choice for Atlanta and the Southeast and have over 30 years of proven experience, so when you are moving your old furniture to a friends home, give them a call to get a free estimate!
Clean The Entire Home
Once you have everything decluttered and moved, it is time to clean and make your “new” home sparkle. You will feel so much better after completing this last step! Start with the places that you never think about cleaning such as your baseboards, kitchen cabinets, and even under your bed. That way, you get all of the “harder” places out of the way and by the end of the day, you are working on your normal, basic cleaning tasks, which should be a walk in the park.
There you go – just a few tips to help you declutter your home. I hope these helped and after you declutter your home, I hope you feel accomplished!
Last but not least, you will want to note your process and even print the checklist to make sure you are making the best progress possible on your declutter journey.
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