How to Declutter a Room in 15 Minutes
We all struggle to keep our houses neat and tidy, and things tend to pile up quickly when we aren’t totally on top of it. Clutter can be downright annoying on the best of days. Sometimes, having too much unorganized stuff in your home can cloud your thinking and affect your productivity. When clutter starts negatively affecting your life, it’s time to make a concerted effort to eliminating it.
Fortunately, tackling clutter doesn’t have to be painful. Just use the following method to quickly and easily sort through and reduce your stuff. Work through one room at a time to avoid becoming overwhelmed. Soon you’ll see an amazing transformation in your home.
- Grab three boxes or plastic trash cans.
- Label the separate boxes or cans “Trash,” “Donate” and “Put Away.”
- Start filling the containers.
Things that have been lying around getting dusty and moldy goes directly into the trash. This is a no-brainer, and identifying and getting rid of obvious junk should proceed fairly quickly. Letting go of a few things you feel reluctant to part with may slow you down a little, but make decisions as ruthlessly as you can.
Put items you haven’t touched in the past year but which can still be used by someone else in the donate box. Again, this can be difficult. If it’s been more than 12 months since you used an item, though, you are unlikely to ever need it in the future. Selling seldom-used items at a garage sale or online is also an option, but donating them is almost always less time-consuming than trying to get small amounts of cash. Plus, stuff you set aside to sell continues cluttering your home for the foreseeable future.
The put away box is the place to put every item you plan to keep but is currently where it doesn’t belong. Hold everything you still want or need in one spot until you have time to put it away properly.
When you get to the sorting and storing phase, empty the put away box into several smaller boxes or bags by organizing similar items to be stored together. Save yourself a lot of time and frustration by putting all the sorted items away in a final organizational push.