2020 is a time for new beginnings, and that includes in your home! If you find that last year your home was way too cluttered for your liking and you would prefer a much more minimalist or simply cleaner home, it’s a sign that you need to start decluttering. Don’t wait another year to clean things up; check out these 4 ways to declutter to start off the new decade!
Sort Before You Organize
One of the worst things that you can do when trying to declutter your home is organizing and placing items without sorting through them first. When you start to declutter a room, you need to have three boxes handy, one for items you want on display, a second for items you want but that need to go into storage, and a third box for items that you no longer want or need. It can be hard to decide whether you want to keep an item or not, so when sorting, ask yourself a few questions to help you decide which box an item should go in e.g. ‘Do I use this item regularly?’, ‘How much room does this item take up?’ and ‘Will I miss it if it is gone?’
Follow a Design Plan
If your living room is nothing like the dream living room you have designed in your head, then it’s a sign that you need to change and declutter your decorations. A good way to work towards this dream space is by physically drawing out and designing what you want your home to look like, and constantly working towards it. If you’re not good at thinking up what your perfect home would look like, try looking at websites like Pinterest to create mood boards and congregate design ideas to work towards. You can then remove and replace any items that don’t fit the design.
Sell Unwanted Items
Once you have decided which items you no longer want, a great way to get rid of them while making some extra cash is to sell them. The kind of item that you are trying to sell will dictate what method you should use to sell them. For example, if you want to sell old clothes, furniture, books, decorations or similar items, then your best bet is to sell them online through websites like eBay. Through these sites, you can easily monitor who is looking at what items, see if similar items have sold, and create your own price range. If you want to get rid of unwanted diamonds and jewelry, however, it is important that you find a professional and trustworthy company to buy your items, as they can be worth a lot of money and you don’t want to be short on a profit.
Give Every Item a Home
A simple way to start decluttering your house is to make sure that every single item in the house has a home. For example, if you have a pile of magazines in the corner that are never looked at and don’t really have a place for them to go, you need to make a place or get rid of them. If you leave items lying around your home without a designated spot for them to be placed, you will be adding more clutter and creating a much messier environment. A messy home makes for a messy mind, so make sure that everything in your home has a designated spot and isn’t left lying around.
A messy home can make you less productive and leave you feeling stressed, so make sure that you leave that stress and unproductivity in 2019 by decluttering in 2020! There are many easy ways to do this, so make sure that you try these 4 ways to declutter to start off the new decade!