Do you ever get that feeling that your home or car or office (or all of the above, simultaneously) will never be tidy? The challenge of keeping your home and your belongings clean is that it is constantly ongoing. Even if you clean one room or all the rooms of your house, you start thinking about all that crap that’s been sitting in the trunk of your car for 3 months, or you even start thinking towards next week when you’ll be in the exact same position of having to clean the house again. Cleaning anxiety is common with almost every homeowner, and one way you can ease the stress a bit is to throw stuff away.
I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you have too much stuff. There is something in your home that can be thrown away or donated, more likely, lots of somethings. At least once a year, you should go through all your belongings and make a giveaway pile. At first, it can be tough. Human nature is to maintain what you own for as long as possible, but when you do it once, you’ll realize that the 10 shirts you gave to Goodwill hadn’t even crossed your mind since you dropped them in that bin. Cleaning anxiety comes from the things you don’t see, so when you get rid of that stuff that’s at the bottom of the drawer or sitting in the basement, you’ll not only be decluttering your home, you’ll be decluttering your mind.
With that, here are 5 tips to decluttering:
- You don’t have to do it all at once! Check out http://www.365lessthings.com/ to see how getting rid of one thing a day can change your life.
- Make a list of rooms. Start with your closet. Next week, do your bathroom. Next week, your car. Similar to tip #1, one step at a time, people.
- Use boxes or bags. If you just start with piles on the floor, you can lose track of what’s what in the early going. Start with clearly marked boxes for garbage, donations and keepers.
- Music. Put on your favourite cleaning playlist . Marvin Gaye and Joni Mitchell are there to help you.
- If in need, call for help! Get help from your kids, your husband, your neighbour. Or if they’re not around, call us!