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Oct 26, 2016

8 Ways to Declutter Your Home

1. Take 5 minutes a day.

Every day, spend 5 minutes picking up one spot in your home. It can be clearing off the counter or going through a stack of papers. You can spend five minutes teaching young children about putting away their things. Don’t forget to take your own advice.

2. Give one item away per day.

Commit to giving away 365 things in one year. This means that you should give away one item per day, whether it’s an old shirt you never wear anymore or that cookie sheet that you just can’t get the burn marks out of. You can even leave a temporary box near the door to put donations in. Once the box is full, drop it off at your nearest donation center.

3. Fill one trash bag.

Have some fun with this method. See how quickly you can fill a trash bag – whether it’s with trash or a bag for Goodwill. You’ll be surprised by how much you can get rid of.

4. Try the closet hanger experiment.

This idea was endorsed by Oprah, so you know it holds some value. If you need to figure out what clothing items to get rid of, start by turning all your hangers around. After you wear something, put it back in the closet with the hanger facing the right direction. After six months, you can see what items of clothing you do and don’t wear. Donate the items that are still facing the reverse direction.

5. Create a list.

Sit down with a pen and paper, and write down all the areas that you need to declutter – starting with the easiest. It may seem overwhelming to look at the list, but just start at the top. Once you’ve finished decluttering one area, cross it off and stop. By writing a list, you can make a general list or be very specific. The difficulty is up to you.

6. Use numbers in your favor.

Throw away 12 items, donate 12 items, and return 12 items to their correct place. Suddenly, you’ve handled 36 items in your home. You can make this one fun by making it a competition between family members. You can also look into Project 333, challenging people to only have 33 items in their closet for 3 months. It is a great way to see what it really means to live within your means.

7. Ask creative questions.

When trying to decide whether or not you should give an item away, ask yourself, “If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?” You can also include price, asking yourself how much you would pay for the item. It can ease the difficulty of letting some of your items go.

8. Use the four-box method.

This is a widely popular method for decluttering your home. When you are ready to declutter an area, set out four boxes: one for trash, one for donation, one for keeping, and one for relocating. Do not pass over a single item in a room, as every item belongs in one of these boxes. It can take an hour, or it can take a week, but the concept is the same.

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