Some people may hang onto excess items or animals that can compromise the health and safety of the home.
It’s important to keep up on cleaning and pay close attention to your common trouble spots so your home can remain safe and healthy.
Set small, attainable goals. Remember, tiny steps will add up!
Don’t expect to finish everything in one weekend. Remember, it’s a process!
Breaking your goals down into bite-size, achievable increments is a great strategy. Rather than saying “I’ll clean the bathroom first,” focus on decluttering the top drawer.
Keep testing the cleaning methods listed below until you find something that resonates with YOU and helps you achieve your goals.
The one-drawer-a-day method works especially well for people with ADHD or others who may quickly get distracted.
Sometimes, we hang onto things for years, thinking we’ll need them eventually.
With this method, we introduce ways to track if items have been used in the last year. If not, they’re thrown out or donated.
Once you’ve worn something, you can hang it up the regular way.
No matter how useful something is, having too much is unhelpful. If you have extras of something, donate them.
Many organizations take extra items, and sometimes these donations are even tax-deductible.
These organizations are all good options to look into when donating extra items:
Once you have a digital record of something, you can throw away the paper copy and know that you’ll never lose it.
She advises going through your homes, touching each item you own, and asking yourself if it sparks joy.
Will someone else use this after I’m gone?
Be careful to only store items that you truly will use in a different season.
Don’t let the store box from the 4-box technique become an excuse for hanging on to things you don’t need.
You can enlist your kids or partner to help too—or race to see who can toss 21 items first!
Put a reminder in your phone or calendar so you don’t leave the box gathering dust in your garage for years.
Don’t let shopping for organizational solutions become a new way to clutter up your home.
Is this item something I’m currently using?
Is this something I would buy right now if I saw it in a store?
Is the thought of wasting money keeping me from getting rid of this item?
Is this something I love? (Does it “spark joy?”)
Am I keeping this for sentimental reasons?
Do I have future plans for using this item or am I saving it “just in case”?
Do I have multiples of this item?
When I wear this, do I feel confident?
Could someone else use this more than I do?
If I were moving to a new home, would I pack this and bring it with me?
Is this item worth the time I spend maintaining, cleaning, and/or storing it?
Could I make money selling this item?