Decluttering is one of those things we all like the idea of doing. However, sometimes just thinking about actually doing it can drain your energy. There are some surprisingly simple ways to make it a painless project, and in fact, you might even enjoy it. We’ve gathered information on quick, easy decluttering methods that lift you up instead of dragging you down.
Why It’s So Daunting
It turns out there is a very real reason that the idea of dealing with your excess belongings drains your energy. Some research indicates just looking at all your clutter can stress you out, cause depression, and even make you feel tired. People with cluttered homes tend to eat more than they should, experience reduced productivity, and can feel distracted. It’s easy to see why a hardy purge, no matter how daunting, is a healthy choice.
Tackle It as a Team
When’s the last time your whole family did a project together? The Wall Street Journal notes that by turning any job into a family project, the work not only goes more quickly, but everyone also has more fun and it’s a terrific way to bond. So, gather the entire family, get into comfortable work clothes, and put on some upbeat music. It’s time to dig in!
Start with a Plan
It’s not unusual to feel a bit like a deer in headlights when looking at a major purge. To ease your way in, Angie’s List recommends making a list for your decluttering priorities. Make note of the areas in your home that need the most attention, and then decide how you want to get started. This is entirely up to you! You can base it on the toughest areas first, the easiest first, the most used areas, — you name it. Don’t forget the outskirts of your home, like the garage, basement, and so forth. And different family members may have different ideas, but so long as everyone chips in, don’t worry about it. As long as there is progress, you’re going in the right direction.
Getting Down and Dirty
As you peel away piles of clutter, you’re probably going to reveal some dirt, debris, and dust bunnies. Clutter tends to hold all that yucky stuff where you don’t normally see it. Select some family-friendly cleaning supplies, gather them into a convenient caddy, and plan to dust, scrub, and sweep as you go. Everything will sparkle, giving you more incentive to keep going with your purge! Once you’ve finished, cleaning your home will be much easier going forward. And a caddy makes it super easy — just grab it and go for those quick tidy-ups.
Saying “Sayonara” to Your Old Stuff
You’re bound to have a wide variety of belongings you’re ready to part ways with, but what do you do with all those old things? Putting everything in the trash might be tempting, but landfills are rough on our environment, and besides, chances are you have lots of things that still have usefulness. If you could use some spending money (and who couldn’t?), sell stuff online or have a yard sale. As a bonus incentive, consider divvying it up so family members keep the funds made from their personal belongings. Another idea is to donate things to charity, which opens the door to important teachable moments. As for things that have reached the end of their usefulness, be sure to recycle what you can.
With a little bit of a plan in place, decluttering won’t be such a daunting task. In fact, you and the family can have a great time, and in the end, your home will be fresh and better organized.
Everyone can be happier and healthier thanks to a family-fun purge!