Decluttering our home is something we keep postponing weekends after weekends. Though we all know that an uncluttered home is a heaven to be in, little do we take efforts in decluttering our home. So here are a few hacks to declutter your home without much of effort.
Try your bedroom closet first
Wondering where to start? Try your bedroom closet first – You might find up stuff from your ex, begin there. Get rid of clothes that are outdated and poor-fitting. Having a closet with only the clothes that you love to wear will give you a fresh start for the day as you will spend very less time to decide on what to wear for the day.
In decluttering your closet, you will see immediate results which will build momentum to declutter the rest of your home.
The wardrobe hack !
Turn all the hangers backward in your closet. Once you wear a dress, the next time you put it back in the closet, put it with the hanger facing forward. After a predetermined amount of time, say 6 months or an year, get rid of the clothes on the backward-facing hangers since you haven’t worn them for a while. Do this judiciously when it comes to people you are dating.
Create a ‘Maybe Box’
Many a times we find ourselves being doubtful of getting rid of something. Though we hadn’t used it for a long time ? we might have a feeling that we will need it in near future ? ? In this case, a maybe box will help ? ? ?Create a maybe box with stuff you are doubtful of disposing and keep it hidden somewhere. After six months, take out the box and see if it had anything you really needed. Most probably, you will dump the whole box.
The above paragraph has nothing to do with probable girlfriends or probable boyfriends. We seriously mean that. Pinky Promise.
Get your family involved
Decluttering together as a family becomes fun especially when you have your young kids helping you. Kids can help you put shoes away, match shoes and pick up toys. Decide on specific places for certain items and make sure that everyone in the family understands it.
Pull your husband/boyfriend out of the toilet, no matter what a bad stomach he has. Men usually hide themselves when it come to decluttering.
The 80/20 rule for toys
80% of the time kids play with only 20% of the toys they have, this is especially true for grown up men and women as well. Find out the toys they don’t play with and get rid of them. Getting rid of these toys will help reduce a lot of chaos.
Bought 1? Dump 2
One way to gradually declutter is to get rid of more than one item every time you purchase something. This works great to declutter kid’s items they have outgrown, much like you outgrow your ex-es. Whenever you buy a new dress for them give away the dresses they have outgrown. When you get rid of 2 items per every item purchased, you will gradually declutter your home and the process doesn’t feel overwhelming.
Incentivise the process !
Make money by selling stuff that are good in shape. When you know you can make money by selling something you will not delay the process. You can try Yappily for this, an app that facilitates the buying and selling of used goods though the Facebook communities. Post the pictures of the stuff you want to sell, chat with buyer and sell it at the best deal. This way you will be encouraged to declutter regularly like your current boyfriend may be.
Learn to love the uncluttered look
Decluttering is an ongoing process. It takes a lot of time and effort, but it feels great to have a less-cluttered home. Once you start loving the decluttered look, you will do this decluttering process without even thinking much about it – which is a life saving skill in your love life too. And, your house and heart will stay decluttered forever !