Six steps to a clutter-free home

6 Steps to Declutter Your Home

It’s almost spring! With the change in season, it is a great time to declutter your life.

At Urban Acres, we often find ourselves daydreaming about living in a home where every toy and clothing item is stored in their respective space. While there are many ways to go about de-cluttering your space, we suggest taking it little by little. Small steps, each day, make big progress.

Here are six steps to decluttering your home:

1) Schedule It
We all perform best in our own ways. Some people may prefer to designate an entire day—or multiple days—to de-cluttering, while others may perform best when working in smaller chunks of time. Figure out what works best for you, and stick with it! Committing to a schedule is key to making sure you actually follow through with the task. Action Item: Set a calendar reminder each night to spend 15 minutes working towards your goal of simplification.

2) Designate Purpose
Every room has its own purpose. It is easier to organize based on what function you want each room to serve and decide what type of environments you would like to create. Action Item: Take a walk around your home and make a list of what priorities you have for each room. If you want a space to lounge, craft, or exercise, make note. It will help you decide what items to leave in each space.

3) Decide Where to Start
It is most effective to start in visible places first. We recommend starting in the room you use the most often, like a kitchen. Seeing your progress will motivate you to keep going throughout the rest of your home.  Action Item: Make a daily schedule and to do list for each day of the week. Stick to it!

4) Declutter and Organize
While you are going through your rooms we recommend going through your possessions one-by-one and asking yourself questions such as “does this item serve a function in my day-to-day life?” and “does this item bring me joy?” If you come across items that don’t serve a purpose in your home or bring you joy, get rid of them. Action Item: Research what local organization you’d like to donate to and make arrangements on how and when to donate.

5) Take Action – Donate, Sell, Trash
While some things may need to be thrown away, we highly recommend selling or donating the leftover items. There are many different places in Johnson County where you can sell or donate items ranging from electronics, clothing, furniture, and more. Check out this great guide featured by the University of Iowa’s Division of Student Life. Action Item: Take three bins and label donate, sell, or trash. As you sort through things, simply place the items in the appropriate bins.

6) Maintenance is Key
After you’ve completed your entire list, we recommend spending a few minutes each day tidying up to keep things organized. In addition, it’s a good idea to check in with yourself every six months or so to make sure clutter didn’t sneak back into your life. Action Item: Make organization part of your daily routine. Example: Once you get the mail, sort out recycling and bills immediately to minimize piles on your counter top.

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