8 Simple Steps for Decluttering Your Home for a Fresh Start

I don’t know what it is, but it seems there is something about the beginning of a new year that causes us humans to want to reorganize.  The frantic holidays are behind us and all the paraphernalia that seem to fill our homes during that season, from decorations to wrapping paper, etc., are put away and the clutter that remains seems to jump out at us.  Whatever the cause, the beginning of a new year appears to give our psyche the feeling of wanting to make a fresh start.  Actually, the winter months often prove to be an opportune time to take stock of the areas of our homes that could use an organizational makeover. 

If you have been procrastinating about starting the de-cluttering and reorganizing process, the following 8 tips may be useful to you:

1. Walk through your home, noting which specific areas are in most need of some straightening or re-ordering and then prioritize.

2. Make a plan—perhaps you will want to make appointments with yourself to concentrate on specific areas on specific days.  This will help you stay on track and give you a sense of accomplishment when you complete a particular task.  This will also set a target end-date, discouraging further procrastination.

3. Start small and stay focused—choose one area of one room to focus on before moving to another area.

4. Sort items into three categories:  Trash, Recycle, Keep/File

5. Determine how the Keep/File items will be stored.  Suggestions for storage may include file folders, file boxes or cabinets, plastic containers w/lids, drawer organizers, shelving systems, etc.

6. Refrain from purchasing storage containers before beginning the reorganizing process.  This will ensure that you will purchase only items that fit your true needs.

7. Do a daily walk through of re-organized areas to be sure disorganization does not begin to creep back in.  It should only take a few minutes, and will help you stay organized.

8. Enlist the assistance of other members of the household.  Young children may realize a sense of accomplishment as they are given the responsibility of helping out and their sense of living in community may be enhanced.

Hopefully, these tips will help you to break down what may seem like a huge task into tiny, bite-size pieces.  However, if you decide you just aren’t up to taking on your home reorganization, you may wish to contact a company like ours at http://www.transitiontamers.com to help you transform your living spaces into clutter-free havens for peace and relaxation and a truly Happy New Year!


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