It’s Resolution Season across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. With not only a new year but a new decade, many homeowners are feeling the inspiration for a fresh start. Now is the perfect time to begin your de-cluttering and home organization projects, so here are seven simple tips to help you get started.
Store Items Within Reach
Keep items you use daily within arm’s reach in a basket, on a shelf or in a cabinet. Store everything that is used sparingly on a higher shelf or in the garage or attic. It will be much easier to find what you need when you need it.
If your home feels cluttered, more furniture won’t solve the problem. Instead of adding a bookshelf or desk, add wall shelving. You’ll have new space for books, picture frames, family mementos and possibly a television without losing floor space to furniture.
Utilize the 12-12-12 Challenge
This popular challenge comes from BecomingMinimalist.com, and is a simple project to add to your routine. Clean and organize by choosing 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate and 12 to return to a proper place in your home. This method not only helps with decluttering, but encourages giving at the same time.
Consider Garage Storage
If you have the space, consider making your garage the main storage area. Old dressers and other furniture are great for storing seasonal and less used items. For a clean, unified look we suggest painting the furniture the same color.
Toss Out Broken Items
There’s no point letting items that are broken or unused take up precious space in your home. A great rule of thumb: if you haven’t used it or gotten it fixed in the past six months, you most likely never will.
Use Things Up
Due to our mass consumer culture, most of us possess the habit of saving special items for special occasions. Whether it’s a fancy bath soap, seasonal candle or expensive spice, make a point to use them and enjoy them now. Using what you have before you buy something new will help you keep clutter down significantly.
Tackle One Room at a Time
It can be very overwhelming figuring out where to start on home projects. When you organize and declutter one room at a time, it will be much easier to focus on the task at hand. If you try to juggle too many rooms at once, it may never get done.
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