As the days get colder and we begin to spend more time indoors, our homes become an important factor in our overall state of well-being. In this post, we’ll go over some ground rules central to the art of keeping clean and reducing clutter so you can better enjoy the space you live in.
When it comes to staying organized too much of a good thing can be a problem. The most obvious way to reduce clutter is to address excess. With this in mind, our first step is to take inventory of your belongings. This doesn’t have to be as daunting as it sounds. Start simple by taking a look around your home and singling out any items you have one too many of. Then you can part ways with unnecessary duplicates, and you’re already on your way to decluttering.
The next step is to get a closer look by organizing what’s left. Let’s break it down into two parts:
- Defining Categories
Yes, here you will have to do some sorting. An integral part of reducing clutter is getting organized. The quickest means to that end is to throw everything into places you can’t see them. But hiding clutter under a bed and stuffing it into closets will only amplify the real issue over time. It’s best to tackle it head-on and get to work by breaking things into workable categories that can help you stay organized for the long run. The trick here is to start simple and focus on one large category at a time. Seeing these things side by side will give you a reality check on how much clutter you actually have, and help you decide what’s worth keeping.
- Defining Spaces
Once you have a sense of what goes with what you can start to visualize where each of those groups belong within your home. Here at More Space Place, we have tons of options, from custom closets to organizers and accessories, that can help lay the framework for this kind of project. In this stage of de-cluttering, you’ll find that giving things new places will help imbue certain items with purpose by making them more readily available to you. And at the same time, it will be another opportunity for you to judge whether particular items are worth creating a space for.
For Items That Have You On The Fence
If you’re stuck on a few things, that’s ok. From where we stand in the present, we’ll often be wrong about what items we think will serve us in the long run. But it’s still worthwhile to ask of those belongings, whether or not they are a loose fit for the ideal scenario in which we’d use them. Is it really the lack of the opportune moment that’s kept this item from being useful to you? Or, is it that when the time presented itself, you had something else you preferred to it? If you find the latter to be true, it’s likely a good sign that this is something you should part with. This question of scenario vs preference is a tool you can use to narrow down these ‘on the fence’ items to a single few.
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