Heart & Home: 5 Easy Ways to Declutter Your House
With warmer spring temperatures approaching, one of the best ways to welcome the new season is by organizing and decluttering your home! Studies show that cleaning, organizing and decluttering our living spaces can actually improve our sleep, increase productivity, reduce stress and depression and better our interpersonal relationships. I want you to experience each day feeling refreshed, so I thought it would be helpful to share 5 incredibly easy ways to declutter your home today:
5 Easy Ways to Declutter Your House
Love the Containers, and They Will Love You
One of the quickest and most efficient ways to begin decluttering your home is to invest in containers to organize stuff in! Stackable bins, decorative boxes, linen hampers, specialized hangers and multi-purpose shelving all offer the ability to straighten, organize and arrange items in ways that promote harmony and minimalism. Containers and shelving don’t have to be expensive, either—places like Ikea, Wal-Mart and even your local thrift store have many affordable container options.
Paperwork—To Keep or Not to Keep
Are you still receiving bills in the mail? Have you saved receipts from purchases made over a year ago? Paperwork, mail, magazines and newspapers are other items that can stack up—literally. Go through old magazines and paperwork and start a “recycling pile,” getting rid of the old periodicals that are no longer up-to-date, as well as receipts and other clutter that may be piling up in drawers and on desks. Consider switching your billing to online statements; this not only reduces clutter in your home, but it’s also better for the environment.
Purge That Wardrobe
If you have items in your closet that are stained (and can’t be cleaned), damaged irreparably, don’t fit anymore or are simply not your style—think shoulder pads or revealing clothes that are no longer appropriate—then out they should go! Stylecaster says that a good rule of thumb when it comes to deciding whether to keep a clothing item is to ask yourself whether you’d purchase the item currently if you saw it in a store. If the answer is no, then it’s best to donate or toss.
Sell Unwanted Items on Apps Like OfferUp and SwipSwap
With the continuous evolution of technology, the ability to declutter and sell your unwanted items is easier than ever with cell phone apps like OfferUp, SwipSwap and Chairish. Though veteran sites like eBay and Craigslist have been around for years to sell items, these newer apps are user-friendly and promote privacy and safety through in-app messaging capabilities. Read up on other tailored resale apps in this Techlicious article.
Ask Yourself: Is this Something I Really Need?
Sometimes, we have a hard time letting go of things. Items can certainly have sentimental value, but at the end of the day, if something doesn’t serve a valuable purpose in your life, then it’s time to get rid of it—and sometimes it’s giving the item to someone else who truly needs it and will enjoy it.
I want you to live your life to the fullest, everyday—and these decluttering tips will help you on your way!
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