Spring-cleaning time is still weeks away. If you have cabin fever or are feeling overwhelmed by any clutter in your home, here are a few ideas that will help ease your mind and free up valuable living space:
Set a timer to work in predetermined amounts of time (15 minutes, 30 minutes, whatever works for you) and focus on decluttering one area at a time. Begin with the spot in your living space that is most aggravating for you, even if it’s just a drawer.
Genuinely review your belongings and get rid of anything your “wishing self” is trying to keep. Sort out any undesirable presents and inherited family items. No matter what these items meant to our late relatives or friends, or how much love these items were given, at the end of the day, they are only inanimate objects. Eliminating these items from your life that aren’t valuable to you, and letting go of an item—however meaningful—is even more important if looking at it brings on strong, negative feelings for you.
Decide which of these items you’re going to throw out, recycle, sell, or donate. Focus on items that aren’t being used, are unwanted or unnecessary. Whatever you don’t keep (especially if it hasn’t been used in the past year), decide whether you’ll sell it or donate it. Sell unwanted or unneeded items in a yard sale, flea market, or consignment store. You can also sell items on secondhand sites and apps such as Craigslist, eBay, OfferUp, VarageSale, and LetGo. This takes additional time, so review the prices of similar pieces to make sure it’s worth your time. If not, just donate it.
Next, you need to decide where you’re going to put what you’re keeping. Set aside spaces for your most used items. Place any extra items in an easily accessible see-through container in the garage. Purchase a pegboard for hanging larger objects (i.e. bikes or sports equipment) on your wall, and a corkboard for hanging slightly smaller items, such as tools. This is an excellent way to free up floor space or space on flat surfaces such as tables, dressers, nightstands, and shelves. For many people, the garage can become the area of your home with the most junk. So, using the previously mentioned methods and having a place for everything in your garage will prevent it from becoming too cluttered and overwhelming you and anyone who enters the area.
Tape up any wiring by using Velcro tape or twist ties to gather the jumbled wires behind your television and/or sound system. You will see how organizing those wires will free up space and make your entertainment area appear much neater.
Double Springs & Elkins Mini Storage has book boxes, small boxes, large boxes, wardrobe boxes, box tape, bubble wrap and more supplies that will help you stay organized. If you’re looking for more ways to manage the clutter in your home, contact us about supplies and/or storage options.