Clutter accumulates in a way that can be insidious. Nobody starts out thinking that they’ll have 50 extra plastic bags in the kitchen cabinet, but one can get too many with several trips to the grocery store. The same pattern holds true for nearly any extra stuff. When you save things for their nostalgia value, it can feel like “Flashback Friday” is every day of the week.
Realizing that you need to relegate “Flashback Friday” to social media memories is one thing. Clearing out your retro stuff and mementos is another matter. However, the good news is that you can live clutter-free without throwing out anything you want to keep. Thanks to storage options and other solutions, you can take these actions to live without clutter in your home.
CLEAR OFF THE DINING ROOM TABLE
Simply clearing off your dining room table may seem simple, but it can get you started on a strong note. In fact, this small step is the first thing that some professional organizers ask their clients to do. Once you move the clutter off your dining room table, try to clear other horizontal surfaces like your kitchen counter.
As you clear off the table, assess what can stay in your home and which items should be put away in storage. If you want to keep it, yet you aren’t going to use it or put it in a prominent place in your home within the next six months, it probably belongs in storage. If you no longer want or need the item, it’s best to donate it.
MAKE APPOINTMENTS WITH YOURSELF
As long as de-cluttering your home is on your “someday” to-do list, it isn’t likely to be accomplished. On the other hand, if you simply start taking action, you can slowly and painlessly get this seemingly monumental task completed one step at a time. Start by making (and keeping) weekly appointments with yourself and your clutter.
This doesn’t have to be a long, all-day cleaning marathon once per week. You can start by simply setting aside 15 minutes per week at a designated date and time. Put your all into cleaning for the duration of that 15 minutes, then set it aside for another week. Simply getting a certain amount accomplished each week may motivate you to do even more.
ENLIST THE HELP OF A SPOUSE, YOUR KIDS, OR FRIENDS
It’s more fun to clean when you don’t have to do it alone. When it comes to consistently cleaning week after week, turn to the people in your life who will offer support, encouragement, and a helping hand. You don’t have to get help from the same people each time. Switch it up if you want, and you may find that your helpers are enthusiastic about being a part of your mission.
When you have someone helping you clean up your clutter, be sure to communicate clearly. Let the person know what you intend to do with the items that you want to put in storage, the items you want to keep in your home, and the items you want to donate.
CHALLENGE YOURSELF AS YOU PROGRESS
As you move forward with your de-cluttering process each week, continue to challenge yourself. While you may have started out just working on things for 15 minutes per week, you may eventually find yourself spending an hour per weekend on getting rid of clutter until the job is done.
Finally, when you are ready to clear out your clutter and start storing your extra things, turn to a professional storage facility that offers safe storage options. At Schultz Brothers Van & Storage, you can store your favorite extra things and have access to them quickly and easily. That can give you the confidence to put away your treasures and focus on enjoying a clutter-free home.