When you’ve lived in a place for a long time, you tend to accumulate more stuff than you realize. But if your closets are bursting at the seams and your cabinets are overflowing, it might be time to declutter. Whether you want to organize your living space, rearrange your living room, or are trying to fulfill a New Year’s resolution, decluttering doesn’t have to be hard. Plus, it can even make your living space a lot safer! A clean and organized house can reduce the risk of falls. Here are some strategies to get you started.
One thing that can make this process much easier is having someone else to help you. Not only will this help you with the sheer amount of stuff to sort through if you have a lot of stuff, it can also help you stay on track.
Make a plan to tackle your living space room by room if there’s a lot to deal with. If you have a smaller living space, start with one corner. Having a plan can help you keep the process moving instead of getting caught up in memories and sentiment.
Sort items into the following categories: Keep, sell, donate, give (to family or friends), and throw away. Don’t be afraid to be decisive! Also make sure to take items out as you decide. Don’t be afraid to make multiple trips to the donation center, if necessary. This will help you control clutter as you clean.
If you’re having trouble making decisions, think about how you will use items in the future. If you have high-quality pieces you don’t want to part with, think about how you can arrange rooms around those pieces so they don’t have to be left behind.
If your space has had the same layout for a long time, you may want to arrange it to accommodate different levels of mobility. For example, area rugs and stray cords can be enormous fall hazards. Keep this in mind as you put the room back together. Try to keep cords out of the way where possible. One way to do this is to take advantage of wireless technology. For example, this device turns just about any piece of furniture into a wireless charger. No more fiddling with unsightly cords!