How To Keep Clutter From Accumulating in Your Home

Woman concerned with boxes taking up space behind her.

Keeping your home cluttered can not only ruin the overall functionality of your living space, but it can also have several negative effects on your mental well-being. Studies have shown that a cluttered home can cause stress, anxiety, safety hazards, reduced productivity, and neglect. It’s important to eliminate clutter to declutter your mind and maintain an organized living space.

In this article, we will teach you how to declutter your home, offer tips for space management, and explain how self storage with ClearHome Storage can help you regain control of your home.

Start With a Plan

Let’s face it, decluttering your home can be daunting when you don’t know where to start. Before jumping right in, start by creating a plan. This way, all your tasks are clear and you will feel less overwhelmed with it all. Be sure to make a realistic and achievable plan to avoid becoming frustrated with your progress. For instance, you can aim to clean out a single drawer today or tackle a shelf in your closet tomorrow. Small victories build momentum over time.

Don’t try to declutter your entire home in one go. Instead, focus on decluttering one room at a time. This approach will prevent you from feeling discouraged.

Enlist Some Help

Cleaning and decluttering with family or friends can help you stay focused and motivated. Invite some friends over or enlist help from your family. Have little ones? Think of some simple and easy-to-complete tasks for them to handle such as putting toys in the toybox or organizing the shoes. A little help will go a long way!

Categorize Your Belongings

Don’t underestimate the power of categorization; one of the best decluttering techniques is to categorize your belongings. Divide items into categories such as clothing, books, electronics, and kitchenware. This allows you to assess each category individually and make more informed decisions about what to keep and let go of.

Donate and Recycle

A woman sorting clothes into boxes and deciding what to keep.

After categorizing your belongings, decide which items you want to donate and get rid of. To make these decisions, use the 90/90 rule. The 90/90 rule encourages you to evaluate whether you’ve used an item in the past 90 days or if you’ll use it in the next 90 days. If the answer is no, consider letting go of the item. This technique prevents you from holding onto things “just in case.” You should also look for any unnecessary duplicates that you may have and get rid of those as well.

Designate a Home for Everything

One of the biggest reasons a home becomes cluttered is that there’s not a designated place for everything to go. Fix this problem by assigning a specific place for each item in your home. For instance, put all your blankets in a designated basket or place all your shoes in a specific area in your mudroom.

It may be helpful for you to create labels for shelves and drawers so you can remember where everything belongs. To make sure everything stays organized, put anything you use back in its designated spot when you’re done with it.

How to Maintain an Organized Home

An organized closet with everything put away or hung up.

After you’ve decluttered, it’s important to maintain your newly organized space. Here are some tips for maintaining your organized home:

  • Create a cleaning schedule: Dedicate a few minutes each day to tidying up and returning items to their designated places.
  • Use the one-in, one-out rule: For every new item you bring into your home, consider removing one similar item. This helps maintain balance and prevents accumulation.
  • Practice minimalism: Evaluate whether each possession serves a purpose or brings value to your life. Embrace a “less is more” mindset.

Utilize a Storage Unit With ClearHome Storage

Decluttering doesn’t mean you have to get rid of all your sentimental items. You can still keep your sentimental and seasonal items such as Christmas decorations and Halloween costumes in a self storage unit with ClearHome Storage.

At ClearHome, we proudly provide our customers with affordable and convenient storage solutions perfect for decluttering. With storage unit sizes ranging from 5×5 to 10×30, you’ll have plenty of space to take advantage of. You’ll also enjoy top-of-the-line features and amenities like our climate-controlled units and advanced security measures that provide you with peace of mind while you are away.

Don’t wait any longer. Find a ClearHome Storage facility near you and tackle your home decluttering project today! Need help deciding which storage unit size is right for you? Use our handy unit size guide for guidance.

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