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Tips for Decluttering for the First Time

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Tips for Decluttering for the First Time

Tips for Decluttering for the First Time

A home that is littered in clutter can be really embarrassing and stressful. We all have clutter, but some of us more than others. Your home is something that you have worked hard to have, so take pride in that, and make it one that you can show off to others. If you are ready to part with some of your clutter, here are some ways to help you get started, as a first timer.

One Room at a Time

While you likely cannot wait to get your entire home in order, it is easiest to start in one room, and then slowly move onto others, once completed. If you jump from room to room, it can be very discouraging, when it seems like you are not accomplishing much. Also, jumping from room to room, sometimes means that you are just moving things from one room. You need to find a permanent home for your clutter, not a temporary home in another room.

Use Baskets to Sort Your Items

Once you have decided which room to start in, grab three baskets. Label them Keep, Toss, and Donate. Do not add a fourth basket for the potential maybes. It is either clutter or it’s not, there is no in between during this decluttering exercise.

Determine Whether it is Clutter or Not

Have you used or worn in it the last six months? If not, send it to your Toss or Donate baskets. Does the item hold any sentimental value? If so, find the proper place for it in your home. If you have favorite pictures just lying around, invest in some frames or photo books to display them.

Don’t Get Sentimental with Your Belongings

Most people struggle to declutter because they are attached to their items. One thing about decluttering is you have to get over the attachment you have to your stuff. Once you can get over the sentimental value of your belongings, it will be much easier to declutter. It’s okay to keep a few items to remember significant events in your life, but these items shouldn’t take up your whole basement or attic.

When you look at everything in your home that you need to declutter, you may have a lot of emotions. Use the tips to declutter and make your home look fabulous again. Clutter not only messes with our homes, but with our emotions too. Start the journey to decluttering and watch your life get better by the second.

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Pam S.

Wednesday 26th of December 2018

I have a lot of de cluttering to do and I’m starting today. I have my baskets or boxes to start so wish me luck.


Wednesday 26th of December 2018

Best of luck! It’s a never ending process but is much easier each time!


Wednesday 7th of March 2018

These are good suggestions. I've been trying to declutter, it is slow go, but when I see results it is inspiring to do more!

Linda Manns Linneman

Tuesday 16th of January 2018

I always seem to accumulate alot of clutter. I don't know why but it gets cluttered quick. These are some great suggestions. Thank you so much for sharing

Diana Scholz

Thursday 11th of January 2018

I try to declutter at least once a year, thanks for the reminder, because my apartment could definitely use it lol!


Friday 12th of January 2018

Haha I need to get on the ball too!

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