Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home

August 26, 2015 2:52 pm

PhotoSpin Office Imagery © 2001 PhotoSpin www.photospin.comFrom piles of magazines to unopened mail to stacks of clothing that no longer fits- your home may be full of clutter. If your schedule is hectic, finding the time to organize may not be a priority. Depending on the last big purge you completed, decluttering your home can be a large and daunting task to conquer, but breaking this undertaking into smaller chores can yield big results.

Here are five creative ways to make decluttering your home a breeze!

Fill two trash bags

Grab two large trash bags, move from room to room and fill them with unwanted/unused items. Much of the clutter may also be able to be recycled or move directly to the trash bag. Fill the other bag with items you can donate to Goodwill or Salvation Army. When the bags are full, take the trash directly outside to the bin and put the donation bag in your trunk. Don’t forget to drop your donations off!

Make a habit of the 12-12-12 rule

Once you have completed the trash bag purge, try to use the 12-12-12 rule weekly to avoid clutter. Find twelve items in your home to throw away, twelve to donate and twelve to be returned to their proper home. This exercise can become habit if you schedule it weekly.

Use clutter baskets

If you have a family, you know that a home can go from tidy to tidal wave in moments. To help control the chaos,closet designate a basket for each person in your household in a central location. Each time you find someone’s “clutter” somewhere around the house, place it in his or her basket. At the end of the day, make it the responsibility of each individual to return items to the rightful space.

Try this closet hanger experiment

Hang all of the clothes in your closet with the hangers in the reverse direction. When you wear something, turn the hanger back around. After a few months, you should have a clear idea of what you and do not wear. Donate the clothes that you do not wear to free space in your closet or consign them and make some extra money.

5 minutes a day make clutter go away

Use this list of 18 different 5-minute decluttering tips to declutter your home in just five minutes per day. For more creative ways to declutter, click here.

If you are planning to sell your home in the next 3-6 months, decluttering now can save you a lot of time and stress down the road and organize your home for showings. I am always here to talk to you about your home financing needs when you are ready to buy your next home.