4 Home Tips: A Quick, Easy Decluttering Guide
Label moving boxes for selling, donating, or throwing away. List items you want to sell online, or take them to a consignment store. When the donation box is full, take it to the salvation army or a non-profit of your choice. Throw away broken items you’ll never repair and stained clothing you’ll never wear.
Keep: Items you want to keep and continue using.
Donate: Items that are in good condition but no longer needed.
Sell: Items that have value and can be sold.
Toss: Items that are no longer usable or in poor condition.
How many days until you move out? If you’re not moving, what is your goal to have your decluttering finished?
Come up with a schedule that works for you! You can devote an hour every day to decluttering your space if you have limited time. If you have a lot of work to do, and a lot of free time, you could devote an entire day to each room. If you simply don’t have enough time during the work week, consider devoting an entire weekend to each floor of your home.
If you are selling your home, pack up your belongings as you declutter. You’ll find that it’s a lot easier to stay organized in one space, rather than moving all about your home trying to pack up and get rid of everything. Have plenty of boxes available. You’re bound to have items in your home that you need to keep but don’t necessarily need all the time. Take your holiday decor, seasonal clothing, and any other nonessential items, and add them to a box to sort through at a later date. It may be useful to rent a storage unit during your move if you find that you have a lot to tackle and limited space.
It’s possible that you may be holding onto items that you don’t even want, simply because you feel guilty for getting rid of them. When deciding what to keep, ask yourself if the item brings you joy or serves a practical purpose. If not, it might be time to let it go. Whether the item was expensive, or given to you as a gift, let the feeling of obligation go. Think of how organized your home will be and how much less stress you will hold onto if you no longer feel responsible for items you no longer need. Sentimental items can be challenging to declutter. If necessary, take photos of sentimental items you're willing to part with, or select a few that truly hold significant meaning to keep.