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Declutter Your Home Effectively House Cleaning Hacks to a Clutter Free Life

Declutter Your Home Effectively

House Cleaning Hacks to a Clutter Free Life

 

By K. Collins

 

Copyright © 2015 K. Collins

 

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Acknowledgement

 

First and foremost, I would like to thank my dearest partner in life who gave me the inspiration to write this book in the first place when it seemed too difficult to be completed. Thanks also to my family for understanding the lesser time I spend with them while finishing this book. I would like to thank my friends who encouraged me to keep on writing. Special thanks to my editor who have done a great job of improving my work. I would like to thank those people behind the making of my book cover – Freepik.com. Thank you all, without you this book would not be published.

 

 

Introduction

Chapter 1: What is Clutter?

Chapter 2: Declutter Guilt

Chapter 3: Organizing vs. Decluttering

Chapter 4: Benefits of Decluttering

Chapter 5: Questions You Need to Ask Yourself to Help You Declutter

Chapter 6: A How to Guide and Where to Start

Conclusion

 

Thank you for downloading Declutter Your Home Effectively: House Cleaning Hacks to a Clutter Free Life. I certainly hope that you will also see this as a resource rather than just a quick article to read. I encourage you to save this as a resource so that you can come back to it in the future.

 

 

Feel free to share this on to your friends or family who you think may benefit from this book too.

 

 

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  • Introduction*

Did you break out into a cold sweat the last time somebody dropped by unexpectedly? Do you constantly lose things in your home? Does it take longer time to find things you were looking for? Do you have a small space but too many stuff? Do you spend a long time cleaning all the stuff in your home? Can you access all areas of your home without any hassle? Do any of these ring true for you? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may have serious clutter issues. This book is for you.

 

I understand how busy you may be and how difficult it is for you to start cleaning your house. Simply thinking where to put something, or whether or not to throw it can be very frustrating. Nothing to worry, I got you covered. This book is designed to help you gain control of your life by controlling and eliminating your clutter. It will guide you do simple habits that may help you declutter your things without the pain of doing it. Strategies listed here are so simple, easy and enjoyable. If applied properly, I can promise that within a few weeks or months your house will be clean and organized. The end goal is not to only clean your house but to also make you feel lighter and happier.

 

What you’ll learn in this book:

 

-what is clutter

-why you need to declutter

-things holding you back from decluttering

-the significant difference between organizing and decluttering

-benefits of decluttering

-questions to ask yourself when dealing with clutter

-step in decluttering

-how to make a habit of decluttering

 

 

The more you have, the more you are occupied. The less you have, the more free you are.”

– Mother Teresa

 

 

Chapter 1: What is Clutter?

He who hoards much loses much.”

-Lao Tzu

 

Clutter is anything we don’t need, want, or use that takes our time, energy or space; anything you have accumulated that is an excess to your needs; stuff that not only fills drawers, shelves, cupboards, boxes and garages but also fills your head and weighs heavily on your heart.

 

Clutter can be something that served us at one time, but no longer serves us today. Something we have held on to thinking that we may need it again. Clutter not only takes up space and weight physically, it can weigh you down psychologically as well. Occasionally, clutter gets in our way every day, but we ignore because dealing with it seems overwhelming. Other times clutter is something that’s tucked away in our closet (or in the back of our mind), that silently weighs on us and takes up space that could be used for something else.

 

Fact is that anything you own takes a space – emotional, mental and physical space. Everything that you have requires your attention. For example, your car requires regular maintenance, your clothes require cleaning & ironing, and so on.

 

So, the more things you own that you don’t necessarily need, the more you add to your clutter luggage physical, but also mental and emotional. It can slow you down or even prevent you from moving forward in your life. 

 

Examples of Clutter:

 

-piles of paper

-unopened and unprocessed mail

-obsolete documents and records

-stored boxes of stuff

-unused items

-outgrown clothes

-broken things waiting to be repaired

-boxes of unused toys

-disliked gifts

The list goes on and on…

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Why do We Need to Declutter?

 

Living in a house that is full of clutter can be very stressful. Take a quick look around. See lots of clutter? Consider it a sign. Clutter-filled home is not only a symptom of stress but also a source of stress. Instead of your home being a refuge from the stress of work, it may add to your stress level. It’s a terrible feeling when home is more stressful than the workplace.

 

 

All this clutter did not come into your house in one day. You produce clutter through time. So don’t expect to clear it all in one day. You are not superman. But the good news is — clutter can be controlled.

 

 

First, you must know why you need to declutter. It’s different for everyone. You may be reading this because you want less stress, have more time or money, or you simply because you want to own less stuffs. Maybe you want to free some room to dance, or for kids’ play time. Whatever your drive is, knowing your why gives you a purpose to declutter your workstation or your home.

 

Effect of Clutter in our Brain and Health

 

Living in a cluttered home can create constant stress. A team of UCLA researchers observed 32 families and found that all of the mothers’ stress hormones spiked during the time they spent dealing with their belongings. Physical clutter overloads your senses, making you feel stressed, and impairs your ability to think creatively.

 

Clutter also makes you distracted and unable to process information. Researchers at the Princeton University Neuroscience Institute conducted a study that relates directly to uncluttered and organized living. According to the study, when your environment is cluttered, it restricts your ability to focus and limits your brain’s ability to process information. The results of the study showed that physical clutter in your surroundings pull your attention, resulting in decreased performance and increased stress.

 

 

Therefore, if you want to focus and process information as effectively as possible, you need to clear the clutter from your home and work environment. In doing so, you will be less irritable, more productive, and be able to process information better.

 

 

Clutter at home also drains our time. People spend extra time looking for lost items such as keys, money, tools, shoes and other stuff. The American Demographics Society reports that Americans as a whole waste 9 million hours per day searching for misplaced items, and 23 percent of adults say they pay bills late, with penalties, because they lose them.

Chapter 2: Declutter Guilt

You can’t reach anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junk.”

– Louise Smith

 

 

Living a clutter-free life can be a challenging task. Decluttering your life, mind, work and home takes a lot of perseverance. Unfortunately, not everyone is successful in removing clutter in their lives. Why? This is because some of us are caught up by our declutter guilt. If you have not decluttered yet or not wanting to, your excuse might be one of the following:

 

 

#
h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. Guilt of Wasting Money

 

I don’t want to get rid of it, it is too expensive to let go of!”

 

 You have spent a lot of money on clothes that you never wore, toys that you never played, accessories that you never took out of the box and you can’t stand the idea of wasting it. You just can’t throw things away for this very reason. But getting rid of things doesn’t mean throwing them away. If you aren’t really using it, it is a greater waste to keep it when someone else could have used it! You may donate it, give it away, or even sell it. It will not serve its purpose if you will keep it but will not use it anyway.

 

 

And if you keep on judging yourself for something that you have done and spent, stop. You have ALREADY SPENT THE MONEY. The money was gone. You have already done the waste part of this. Forgive yourself for not making the best use of your money, learn from it, and move on. If you will think first before making any unnecessary spending, then you won’t have to feel this guilt again.

 

 

#
h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. It Was a Present

 

Family members or friends may have given you a heart-warming present. It looks nice and presentable but you cannot think of a way to practically use it. You may think that getting rid of the gift is heartless and unappreciative.

 

People don’t give presents to others expecting anything in return. They are given to make the receiver feel good. When receiving a gift, it is the thought that really counts. If you can’t think of a way that you could use the gift then just give it someone else who would really appreciate it and use it.

 

 

If you are truly concerned about it though, why not keep it for a short while, and slowly take it out of the house over time. Everything changes, and no one would expect you to keep things forever.

 

 

#
h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. It Has Memories

 

Letting go of the things that we have received from important people has become difficult as these things possess sentimental value. We keep holding on it even though these things do not serve their functionality anymore. For some reasons, these things reminds us of someone who gave it or something important that may have happened in the past. They may remind us of the happy moments every time we see or hold these things.

 

What if you lose the item, would you lose those memories attached to it too? What if your house burned down and everything were lost, would you still be thinking about that memorable item you kept for so long?

 

Add in anything that truly has memories for you that you want to keep but aren’t suitable for display. They simply add in things as they come along. Something that is important for you today may no longer be important after a few years. So make sure to keep it on top of your memories and make them count! Remember that along with owning something comes the idea that you have to look after it and may therefore add burden in your thoughts.

 

 

 

 

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h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. Just in Case

 

People often hold onto things with a “just in case” mentality. We keep things in case we run out of money, gain weight, lose your job, get divorced, etc. 

 

Someday when I have the time, I will use the ice cream maker in the back of my kitchen.”

 

You may think that you will use it someday. Truth is, someday rarely comes. So it will sit in a cupboard and probably be forgotten in the meantime or worse, forever. What if you keep it “in case” but you never actually need it, and you die with the item still in its packaging?

 

I don’t want to get rid of it yet. In case I lose weight or it come back into style, I can still wear it.”

 

Even when things come back in style, was it really worth the cost, time, and space of keeping it all those months or years? If you do need it in the future, you could borrow one from someone else, or purchase it again. Right now, save the time and effort you’ll need to maintain, clean, and store it.

 

 

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h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. I Will Regret Getting Rid of It

 

When you open your closet, does the sight of so many unworn clothes and shoes make you feel guilty? We all have things that for an unknown reason, we just can’t let go.

 

Keeping things that you aren’t going to use is a waste of time, energy and money. Do not feel guilty to get rid of these things if you are not really wearing or using them. Give them away or sell. Free up space in your home for something you do truly need. Less clothes on your closet, keeping only those that you wear regularly, will give you the confirmation that you are doing the right decluttering process.

Chapter 3: Organizing vs. Decluttering

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”

-Hans Hoffman

 

Everything you own needs a place but you don’t need to own everything. Decluttering is different from organizing.

 

 

Organizing takes a repetitive process of rearranging stuff for over a long period of time. Organizing is putting your stuffs and storing them somewhere in the house thinking that you may still need them. Decluttering is simply just GETTING RID OF IT. Just throwing unneeded stuff into the trash or giving it away to somebody else. It’s letting go of the stuff you don’t need, want, or love.

 

 

Simply organizing your stuff (without removing it) is only a temporary solution to your clutter problems. Organizing is simply rearranging things and must be repeated over and over and over again. To organize all of your possessions, you may need to find organizational tools like bigger containers or boxes. And though you may find storage solutions today, you may need to find new ones as early as tomorrow because you are still keeping it instead of totally getting rid of it.

 

 

On the other hand, decluttering is an action of permanence. Once an item has been removed, it is removed completely to your life. Whether you sell your possessions or donate them to someone else they are immediately put to use by those who need them.

 

 

Organizing your stuff (without removing it) may not benefit you for some reasons:

 

-Keeping the things you rarely use are taking space on shelves in your basements, attics, and garages while someone may desperately need them.

-Rearranging your stuff even costs you more as you purchase more containers, storage units, or larger homes to manage all of it.

-Organizing your things into boxes, plastic bins, or extra closets doesn’t turn back your desire to buy more unneeded stuff.

-Simply rearranging your stuff may cause you to look at each of your possessions. You won’t evaluate if these items have value or importance.

Chapter 4: Benefits of Decluttering

If your house is full of stuff, all the blessings that could fill your house can’t get in. The stuff takes over. It robs you psychologically. You can’t be at peace.”

Peter Walsh

 

Decluttering your house is a chore. It takes time to go through all the stacks, piles, boxes and bins. You may think if it is even worth a try. Before you get overwhelmed on the task, consider the many benefits of decluttering.

 

 

#
h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. Reduce Stress.

 

An uncluttered house means an uncluttered mind.  If you’re constantly getting frustrated over the untidiness of your house, you get more stress. When the house is overcrowded and looks like a “disaster zone”, this visual clutter can grow like a weed in the back of your mind. On the other hand, eliminating clutter reduces your stress level. When you organize and eliminate clutter, you free yourself from stress and anxiety. Getting rid of unwanted possessions can help you to feel better, as if a huge load has been lifted off your back.  It lightens your spirits and can make you literally feel lighter because when you are decluttering your home, you are also decluttering your life.

 

 

#
h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. Save Time.

 

Cleaning will be quicker without all that clutter. Regular household chores (vacuuming, dusting) will be faster and easier without so much stuff lying around.

 

If you get rid of excess clutter in your home, you will automatically spend less time doing housework. It wouldn’t take so much time to prepare your home for guests.

 

Having less stuff piled up on your desk also makes it easier to find that important item when you need it.

 

If you get rid of excess activities that clutter your schedule, you can fill that time with resting, or finishing a project, growing your business, or fun activities that will benefit you and your loved ones.  You can become more social.

 

#
h2<>{color:#404040;}. More Spaces.

 

Stuff has a habit of filling available space, unless we intentionally stop it. So instead of considering whether space exists for something, consider the costs to keeping the item. 

 

Wherever you get rid of clutter, you create physical space around you, and you can fill that space with things that are important or useful to you.

 

There is also the aesthetic benefit of having a neater space. Your living space will be more attractive, which might make you more inclined to invite people over.

 

 

#
h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. Make Room For Play Time.

 

If you are a big family or got kids, cleaning your house will benefit everybody to have a play zone at home. Move furniture around to create a central area for dancing to the holiday tunes or put a table near the couch for family game nights. Adapt the concept to your family’s needs and interests and everyone will have a winter full of memories.

 

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h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. Safer Home. 

 

You may be unaware of the problems clutter can hide thus decluttering your home makes it safer.  If you have less furniture and other stuff on display, there’s fewer places for dust to accumulate. When you cannot get to areas of the house, you cannot perform repairs and keep up with household maintenance. Decluttered home means less stuff left lying around for people to trip or fall over.

 

#
h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. Better Health.

 

Reducing clutter can benefit your health. It will reduce stress, which is a contributing factor to many illnesses. When you declutter you will usually be cleaning and throwing things out thus reducing the amount of dust and debris around your home. The air in your home will be cleaner.

 

#
h2<>{color:#2E74B5;}. Save Money.

 

Uncluttering also makes a huge impact on your financial health. You will stop making impulse purchases because you can consciously evaluate which things are functional to you when used, or that which serve as a need in the time being when you shop. When you spend on a product that directly meets your NEEDS, not desires, you can save a lot of money and avoid having debts from purchasing things by credit.

 

Also, by owning less you value and appreciate more the things you choose to keep.  When you only own one of a particular thing you are more inclined to look after it than if you have multiples of the same item.

 

#
h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. More Productive. 

 

With less clutter and stuff to focus on, you get less distracted thus you can devote more time and energy to the things you need to do.

 

Perhaps the most noticeable benefit of decluttering is that it can make you more efficient. If you are searching for things, whether it’s an important document or your car keys, you may have a problem scouring through the clutter. Whereas if areas of your house are easier to clean, you’ll be more motivated to do it rather than to procrastinate.

Chapter 5: Questions You Need to Ask Yourself to Help You Declutter

The best way to find out what we really need is to get rid of what we don’t.”

-Marie Kondo

 

Most people ask themselves, “Do I have the space for this one?” or “Does this item have a place here in my house?” when they’re trying to declutter. But that’s the wrong question. Keep asking those question and you won’t be able to declutter at all. You must ask the right question to identify which of your stuff is a clutter. You can identify which of your things can be a clutter based on the frequency of usage, *functionality*, lifespan and quantity. Evidently, you shouldn’t keep things that will just loiter around your house. If you find yourself having difficulty letting go of things in your house, keep the following questions in mind:

 

Does this item provide a great benefit to my life on a frequent (daily/weekly) basis[*?*]  If the answer is no, it’s probably clutter.

 

 

Am I keeping this item “just in case”?  If you haven’t used the item in the last 6 – 12 months and probably won’t in the future then it’s probably clutter.

 

  

Am I keeping this item for sentimental reasons or am I keeping this item out of feelings of guilt?  If you are ONLY keeping an item because it was given to you by someone important, especially if you are not going to use it, then it’s possibly clutter.

 

 

What is the actual cost of keeping this? In terms of time and energy spent, as well as mental clutter? It’s hard to let go of expensive possessions but if it’s not being used, it is simply taking up valuable space.

 

 

[*Do I need to keep this item to remember a special person or event? *] If yes, display the item where you can see it and appreciate it. Do not just store it in a box.  If no, it might be clutter. 

 

  

Is this item so beautiful that it speaks to me every time I lay my eyes on it? Does this item have a purpose or does it just “look good”?  It’s good to have nice decoration or art but keeping too many just become clutter. Sometimes, simple is best. If these items that are simply on display attracting dust and requiring cleaning, this might be clutter. 

 

 

Is this item wasting away its “life” here in my house? If I set this free, what good can it do in the world? If this item will me more usable for someone else than when you just keep it in your boxes, it is probably better to let it go.

 

Does this item still work?  If it’s broken, no way to be fixed or perhaps too expensive to fix, compared to the cost of a new item, consider purchasing a new one instead.

 

 

Do I need all of these or do I only need one?  Decide how many you need of an item and, if you have more than what you need, dispose of the other ones. 

   

 

Is there any purpose keeping it? What’s the worst thing that could happen if I let this go?  Do I want to continue storing this item or would I rather have the space that would exist if the item was gone? The more “stuff” you keep, the less space and storage you will have.  You will potentially have to store things on top of, in front of and beside other things. If you have to constantly move and shuffle items, some of it is definitely clutter.

 

 

Chapter 6: A How to Guide and Where to Start

God made rainy days so gardeners could get the housework done.”

– Unknown

 

Decluttering your life is a task that requires a lot of dedication and also effort. There are ways for you to be successful. This chapter will discuss the actual process on how you can declutter your home.

 

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h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. Plan.  

 

 

This is the part where most of us fail gloriously. You may have the real intention in making a general cleaning today. But the mere thought of cleaning the whole house is way too much for you. So you find an easy exit and decided to do it some other time. That time, my friend, will never come. Tomorrow you’ll most likely have the same excuse.

 

Remember, any change in behavior requires preparation and a plan that you will keep your awareness and commitment high throughout the change. Making this change without preparing can lead to feelings of frustration and stress.

 

What makes a plan stick?

 

A plan is something you intend to do. To prove that you are intending to declutter, you may inform family and friends of your goal, include it in your schedule or post your plan in a to-do list. Make your plan intentional not because you need to but because you want to. Why do you want to declutter? Because you want change and stress-free life not because you feel the need to.

 

 

Plan with 5WH

 

What is the 5WH? Who, what, where, when and how. Who is going to declutter? What are the clutter that you need to get rid of? Where should I declutter? When to declutter? How to effectively declutter? This is the most important step in the process.  Because you want the results to last and make it easier to maintain what you have accomplished, it’s important to plan carefully and intelligently.  Plan what you would declutter, where and when to start and when you would finish. Doing this will make your plan more precise and it clearly shows that you are really serious about decluttering.

 

 

You have to plan if you are going to do it by yourself or with someone else. If you are living with others, this must not be a one-man battle. To be more productive, involve the whole family, especially your kids. It could be more fun with the kids. Not only you can get their ideas which and where to declutter, but also you won’t feel the burden of being alone in this task. Plan also what you want to put in the space and how you plan to use it so that you can maximize the space. By writing everything down it will help you to plan and commit to the process.

 

If you plan to declutter with your kids, make it more fun by planning a decluttering game with them. Be creative so that they will think of it more of a fun game rather than a tedious task. You may announce a prize for every 5-10 things they can declutter and offer a bonus if everyone hits their goal to encourage them to work together. Make them feel it is a family game and not a chore. You’ll be surprised how much clutter they can get rid of.

 

 

 

 

 

#
h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. Set a Declutter Session.

 

Set aside some specific time to declutter. A decluttering session does not mean cleaning your house from clutter every week or everyday. It is up to you whether you’ll do it within 30 minutes a day or a whole weekend to declutter. You can declutter in 3 days, 5 days or even 7 days. Time is in your hands.

 

If you don’t want to declutter your home right away in one day, you can try give yourself a time limit. You may opt for a 30 minute decluttering session in one day. In 30 minutes organize as much of your cluttered spaces as you can. After 30 minutes stop. Just schedule the time you need to do it, whether alone or with your family so that you don’t end up collecting a lot of clutter all the time. Make sure to stick to the schedule. Be honest to yourself. If you think you won’t be able to do it tomorrow, do not put it on your schedule.

 

 

When you’re starting out, try doing this once a week and then increase how often you declutter once you get more motivated. It is important not to schedule it while you’re doing other projects at the same time otherwise you’ll get distracted. You won’t finish what you set out to do. You might get frustrated and give up the task.  

 

 

From time to time, you accumulate clutter in the home so it is important that you are doing this as a team. It is not about decluttering the house in one day but a constant decluttering is needed to make sure your house will always be clutter-free.

 

 

#
h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. Deal With One Room at a Time.

 

When removing the clutter in your home, this does not mean that you have to take a day off or two to clean your entire house. To save time and energy, you can deal with one room at a time. It really doesn’t matter which room you choose.  You can start with the worst or start with the easiest, it’s entirely up to you.  

 

Make a schedule each day on which part of the house you want to clean. For instance, you can spend one weekend to clean your kitchen or the main bathroom first. I personally found that by choosing an easy task, I gained a quick sense of achievement that then motivated me to keep going and move on to the next room or project.

 

#
h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. Start in a Small Area.

 

It’s best to start at one small part of the house. Breaking bigger task into small task makes it easier for the brain to comprehend the task. You won’t get overwhelmed by the idea of decluttering your entire household instantly. Break up the task into manageable chunks, starting with one room, one corner, one junk drawer, or one cupboard at a time. Getting rid of the easy stuff will give you momentum and inspiration to consider the more challenging items. You will realize along the way how much you have gotten decluttered without ever feeling weary of the process.

 

#
h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. Use the Four-Box Method.

 

This method is one of the best ways to sort things in your house. The four-box method is simply all about using four boxes labeled trash, donate, keep and relocate. As their names imply, this allows you to know what you need to do with your things. Simply put the things you think are worth keeping, throwing away, or better off to be donated to charity in each corresponding boxes.

Whenever you are decluttering, remember the rule of five. Just put away 5 items into the boxes every time, whether it’s a piece of trash, an old book or magazine, or just something you haven’t used in ages.

 

  1. From the “KEEP” box, store these items neatly back into the containers in the space you’re working on grouping similar items together.

 

  1. You can decide where you want to move your stuffs inside the “RELOCATE” box. Just make sure you will move them out of the box and will not be forgotten forever.

 

  1. If those items in the “TRASH box are no longer needed, then you can put it straight in the bin. Once they are in the bin they are not to be retrieved “just in case”. But in case you want to make money out of these stuff, you can also have a garage sale or take photos of these items and list them on craigslist, EBay, Amazon or any similar site.  In addition to books, electronics like cellphones, CDs, televisions, and computers are other items that retain more of their value the sooner you sell it. Earn money and lessen the clutter. That’s a great deal!

 

  1. If you have lots of nice things that you just don’t use anymore, then being generous will feel great. Grab the items in the “DONATE” box, give them away and make others happy. If you’ve been collecting clothes or other stuffs that can still be used, keep what you use and give the rest away. Why horde and clutter if you can make someone happy by giving it away for free. Give your old stuff and save the planet at the same time. Imagine, if your old coffee maker, clothes and books are passed around to different people, less stuff would need to be produced. Use these items as an excuse for a visit your family, friends or the charity institutions to get rid of these items as soon as possible. You will feel great knowing that your generosity has helped others, and you will enjoy a clean house in the process.

 

 

#
h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. Develop a Habit of Being Clutter-Free.

 

Decluttering one’s home is not an overnight feat. It must be continuous or part of your habit. The key is regularly cleaning. Once you have already removed the clutter inside your house, chances are that you will still end up collecting new things that can renew the amount of clutter that you have in your house. What you can do is to develop a habit of being clutter free. Take small yet steady steps to declutter your house and without you knowing it, your house will become organized and pleasant to live in.

 

Declutter the things that displease any of your five senses and you don’t need. To test whether you need something or not, recall the last time you used it, or if it still works or not.

 

Changing the cluttering habit is the same as changing any other bad habit: You must want to change. You have to understand and learn how to avoid and stop bad habits. It is not always easily accomplished in one step and often involves going through different stages at your own pace. It takes time and attention to declutter. The key is persistence, knowing your limitations and remembering that you’re human. Taking action by committing 10-30 minutes of your time each day to organize is already enough to develop a habit of being clutter-free.

 

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h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. Don’t Spend on Things You Don’t Need.

 

 

One of the reasons why clutter pile up in our home is due to excessive spending on things we do not really need. When we see a big sale, we are tempted to buy unnecessary items. At first, you may feel thrilled buying a new pair of shoes at a discounted price but when reality sinks in, it is too late to realize that you made a mistake in purchasing. It may also be too late for a refund when you realized that you do not really need the item.

 

That’s okay. Forgive yourself and learn from your mistake. Everyone occasionally makes a mistake and buys something to only realize later it is not necessary or needed. Let the item go to someone who will really appreciate it. It is a greater waste of money to just let it sit unused. Either sell it or give it away so that you can make more space to receive something you will truly value. Don’t let guilt facilitate clutter.

 

On the other hand to prevent this from happening again, you should be able to make good decision on shopping. How?

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Make a list

First, before you go on shopping or buy some goods, make a list of the things that you need and stick to it. I repeat. Stick to the list. This will prevent you from buying unnecessary things. Making a list not only save your time and money but also lessen the possible clutter in your home.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Ask yourself

You may be enticed to buy a particular product because you see it as an attractive piece to add in your home, but in the end, it may end up as another clutter. So, to make a good decision on shopping, always ask yourself the ultimate question: “Do I really need this item?”

 

Do you really need it for your home? Will you be using the product for a very long time? Is it worth your time and your money? If you know that the answer is no, do not make the irrational decision of picking up the item and putting it on your cart.

 

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p<>{color:#000;}. Do not touch things

It does not means that I forbid you on touching things. I know you can’t avoid that. But this only means that you should only pick up items that you need. You might say that is a no-brainer. Yes. But, consciously or unconsciously, you may touch something else that is not in your list. Why you should not touch things? The longer you touch an item, the higher the chance of you buying it.

 

Research have shown that merely touching an item can cause you to become more emotionally attached to it. The study concluded that the longer you touch an object, the greater the value you assign to it. This is the same reason why the retail stores of Apple are designed for you to touch and play with their products like you own them. Once you built an emotional attachments to these gadgets, the psychological connection established is what leads into buying the item.

 

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h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. Organize Your Schedule.

 

Having a schedule for your activities is one efficient way in organizing your activities in your office. Always keep it in your office and keep it updated. Get a bulletin or a cork board to organize your schedule. Your schedule will easily be tracked if you use a bulletin or cork board to organize your schedule. This will remind you of the things that you need to do so that you won’t miss out on your tasks. When you use a cork board, make sure that you also properly label all of your tasks and organize your schedule so that you can easily track what you need to finish in a particular period.

 

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h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. Organize your Filing System.

 

Don’t let your mails or other papers pile up. Work on them as soon as possible. It’s important to deal with and dispose of everything you have sorted otherwise they will just become new piles of clutter in another part of the house and you won’t have achieved anything.  You don’t want to spend a tremendous amount of time sorting them later.

 

It is important that you archive old files so that they don’t consume too much space. Since so much of our lives is digital nowadays, this principle must be applied electronically as well. To prevent you from using too much paper, you can archive your files electronically. Electronic filing of documents is also very convenient because you can keep it as a database. For example, create folders for your desktop and keep relevant files in the right folders. That way, you can easily retrieve any information that you need within a few seconds. But if your desktop is cluttered with files, you may have trouble finding something when you need it. Take the time to delete documents, emails and applications that you don’t need. Develop a system of organizing what you want to keep.

 

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h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. Put Labels.

 

Now that you’ve sorted the things you need and those you don’t need, place them where they should be, by frequency of usage, by reach, etc.

 

To make it systematic, orderly, and efficient, put labels on shelves, containers and boxes that you’re going to use. Make sure you clearly label everything so you will have no trouble finding things when you need them. You can also use color-coding or numbering when putting labels on your things.

 

 

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h2<>{color:#2e74b5;}. Have a Trash Bin Nearby.

 

Put it within your reach so you wouldn’t even have to walk to it. It helps you avoid litter and clutter in your office. Also have a small towel or piece of cloth for wiping. Mini brushes and dust pans may not be necessary but it’s always better to have them.

 

To save time in decluttering your space, keep empty boxes and trash bins nearby so that you can throw away things that you don’t need. This will prevent you from collecting clutter around the house.

 

 

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h2<>{color:#2E74B5;}. Get More Space.

 

What percentage of your home is used for clutter storage? If you have too many important things to keep, you can enlarge your space by placing shelves, other storages, containers, etc.

 

You may be shocked to learn the percentage of your rent or mortgage payments being used to store that old TV, extra couch, and broken coffee maker.

 

 

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h2<>{color:#2E74B5;}. Celebrate your efforts.

 

 

Reward yourself for your achievements.

 

Even when you’ve done small tasks, reward yourself. Things like, when you’ve decluttered the bathroom or the laundry, treat yourself for a manicure or an ice cream. We all need little rewards in our lives to keep us motivated. You need to also celebrate each milestones you take to keep you going. Of course there is more that needs to be done. There always will be, but this isn’t the time.

 

 

After you’ve decluttered a room, or even a corner of the room, it’s time to celebrate. Plan your rewards to be activities or experiences rather than buying “things” because the last thing you wanted to do was bring more stuff into the home that could potentially become more clutter. If you decluttered your kitchen, host a small dinner party. If your idea of celebrating is turning on music and relaxing in your newly decluttered space, do that. You deserve to celebrate your efforts to keep you going.

 

CONCLUSION

Congratulations! Thank you for your time finishing my book.

 

I hope you were able to get some tips on how you can effectively declutter your home.

 

I hope through this book, you will able to understand and solve your clutter problems successfully.

 

Get started and apply these strategies into action! I would be very happy if you too will be able to declutter your home effectively.

 

If you know others who can benefit from this book, please be kind enough to share it to others as well.

 

Finally, if you enjoyed this book, please take time to share your thoughts and post a review on Amazon. It’d be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!

 

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Declutter Your Home Effectively House Cleaning Hacks to a Clutter Free Life

Do you break out into a cold sweat the last time somebody dropped by unexpectedly? Do you constantly lose things in your home? Does it take longer time to find things you were looking for? Do you have a small space but too many stuff? Do you spend a long time cleaning all the stuff in your home? Can you access all areas of your home without any hassle? Do any of these ring true for you? If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may have clutter issues. You are reading the right book. Through this book, you will know why you need to declutter, what are the obstacles you may encounter when removing clutters at home and in your life. Through this book, you will know why you need to declutter, what are the obstacles you may encounter when removing clutters at home and in your life. You will able to understand and solve your clutter problems successfully. Apply these strategies into action! I would be very happy if you will be able to declutter your home effectively. I understand how busy you may be and how difficult it is for you to start cleaning your house. Simply thinking where to put something, or whether or not to throw it can be very frustrating. Nothing to worry, I got you covered. This book is designed to help you gain control of your life by controlling and eliminating your clutter. It will guide you do simple habits that may help you declutter your things without the pain of doing it. Strategies here are so simple, easy and enjoyable. If applied properly, I can promise that within a few weeks or months your house will be clean and organized. The end goal is not to only clean your house but to also make you feel lighter and happier. What you’ll learn in this book: -what is clutter -why you need to declutter -things holding you back from decluttering -the significant difference between organizing and decluttering -benefits of decluttering -questions to ask yourself when dealing with clutter -step in decluttering -how to make a habit of decluttering

  • Author: K. Collins
  • Published: 2016-07-05 06:22:33
  • Words: 7163
Declutter Your Home Effectively House Cleaning Hacks to a Clutter Free Life Declutter Your Home Effectively House Cleaning Hacks to a Clutter Free Life