5 Ways to Beat Household Clutter

Letting clutter accumulate in your home can make you feel like it is always a mess. No matter how much you dust or vacuum, there always seems to be things out of place. If that sounds familiar, it might be time to try one of these five strategies to cut through the clutter and reclaim your space.

1. Donate Unused Clothing

Go through your closet and dressers, putting the clothing into three piles: keep, donate, toss. Anything with stains or tears goes into the toss pile. The clothes you have worn in the past six months can go back in your closet. Anything else gets donated to charity. Resist the urge to refill the space with new clothes, or you’ll end up right back where you started.

2. Rehome Outgrown Toys

Kids of all ages outgrow toys. Pack up the ones that aren’t getting used anymore and donate them to a local family shelter or thrift store. This is best done when the kids aren’t there to see what you are doing. Chances are they won’t ever notice the toys are missing that way.

3. Toss Broken Items

Anything broken or missing parts should be thrown out. This applies to the mismatched sock pile you’ve been accumulating for the past several years, too. If it isn’t useable as it is, then get rid of it.

4. Invest in Storage

Once you have pared your belonging, it’s time to find ways to store them. Shelving and ceiling mounted racks are great for things you use all the time. Secure outdoor storage is a great option for larger things like boats or project vehicles that are taking up your yard space.

5. Digitize Files

Take a day or two to digitize your files, and then shred the originals. You might be surprised how much space can be freed up by getting rid of those boxes.

You don’t have to let clutter rule your home. Following these steps can help you take back your space so you can actually enjoy it.

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