Decluttering your home

The new year is upon us, and many are looking forward to a fresh start in 2022. Now is the perfect time to combat the clutter in your home. Here are six simple steps to get going.

1. Add Floating Shelves

Floating shelves take up less room than traditional shelves, leaving you more room to display your home decor. The extra space surrounding your floating shelves creates an illusion of more room and an airer ambiance. You can use floating shelves in any room, bedroom, bathroom, and garage. These shelves can showcase books, pictures, and home decor, along with store spices in the kitchen or tools in your garage.

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2. Use Your Garage to Store Items

Are you running out of room in your house to store items you aren’t using but don’t want to bid farewell, like Christmas decorations, sports equipment, and out-of-season wardrobes? Utilize your garage for your storage needs. Maximize your garage storage space quickly with wall-mounted shelves and bins. For additional storage needs, use storage racks and hooks.

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3. Employ the Declutter 12-12-12 Challenge 

Joshua Becker, a writer for becomingminimalist.com, created the Declutter 12-12-12 Challange, a simple approach to keeping your home clutter-free. Every day you choose 12 items to donate, 12 items to throw away, and 12 items that need to return to their proper place. The Declutter 12-12-12 Challange is an excellent method to get the entire family involved in keeping your home clutter free. 

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4. Hang Hooks

Not enough cabinet space? Hooks are a great solution to combating bathroom clutter. Hooks are great for hanging towels and robes, and even everyday jewelry. Hooks for winter coats, bags, and hats will keep your entryway much tidier by the front door.

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5. Purge Your Pantry

Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it should be in disarray. Organizing your pantry is not only easier on the eyes, but it will also make life simpler when you need to find an item in a hurry. Take everything out of your pantry and wipe down the shelves. Throw away expired items or spices you haven’t used in years: Group food items together - oils, pasta, cereals, and snacks. Things you don’t use daily can be placed on higher shelves, while everyday objects should be in easy reach.

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6. Tackle One Room at a Time

It can be very overwhelming when you decide to declutter your home. Focus on one room at a time. Once you have finished your first room and see the results, it will motivate you to tackle the next. Working for a set time each day is a great way to ensure success. Trying to handle more than one room at a time may lead you to give up in the middle of it all.

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Combating Clutter Does Not Happen in One Day

You aren’t going to declutter your home in one day. Think how long it took for it to become cluttered. Set yourself up for success by preparing a realistic plan and attacking specific rooms you will organize over a set period. Be sure to stick to your schedule, so you keep your nose to the grindstone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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