Clutter is more than just an aesthetic issue in your home. According to various studies by psychologists, reducing clutter has a positive impact on your mental health, happiness, and even physical well-being. The four tips below will help you reduce clutter, not only making your home look better but improving your quality of life.
Donate What You Don’t Use
If you haven’t used an item in over a year, consider donating it to a charitable organization. Many larger charities accept a wide range of donations, but there are also organizations with a narrower focus such as ones that collect toys for children, books for schools in underdeveloped areas, business clothing for people living in poverty, makeup for impoverished women interviewing for jobs, or electronics for refurbishing and donation to struggling families.
Hire a Professional Cleaner
When you have lived in a house for a few years, you may stop noticing areas in need of deep cleaning or tidying. Your eyes simply pass over things that are familiar. Professional cleaning services use checklists to spot hidden dirt and clutter. Even if you do not use a cleaning service regularly, a quarterly deep clean will make a major difference in your home environment. Allocate the weekend before the service shows up to thoroughly sort and organize your possessions.
Invest in Organizers
Often, what makes a house look messy or cluttered is not just the amount of stuff you have but how it is organized. Invest in furniture which doubles as storage. Use a cedar chest as a side table or bedside table as well as moth-proof storage for winter clothing. A storage ottoman is a comfortable footrest as well as a place to keep infrequently used items.
Store Seasonal Items
Rather than clutter your house with seasonal items, rent a storage unit where you can keep patio items safely over the winter, holiday decorations over the summer, or off-season sports gear. Before you store items, sort through them and donate any that you do not use regularly.
Sorting and organizing your stuff not only saves space but it also saves time. The better organized your possessions and the fewer things you have in your house, the easier it is to find things you are looking for.