The average American has over 300,000 possessions inside their home.
If that statistic made your palms start to sweat, don’t worry.
Not every American actually needs that many possessions and many people actually live with a lot less.
While you don’t need to go complete minimalism and live in a tiny home, you can start by getting rid of a few things.
Are you ready to start decluttering your life, but don’t know where to start? We can help! Keep reading to learn everything you need to know.
1. Tackle One Room at a Time
When you get the urge for purging your house, you may immediately want to start pulling things off of shelves and emptying out your closets.
But, odds are, you’ll quickly lose motivation and end up with a home that is still cluttered but now also messy. So instead, start with a game plan.
The best way to start clutter clean up is to tackle one room at a time.
You can go about this two ways. Choose the most cluttered room first so the job gets easier as you go, or start with the easiest room and work up to the clutter.
Either way, only work on one room at a time.
2. Break Down Rooms into Categories
Once you’ve divided up your tasks by rooms, it’s time to break down the chore into even smaller portions.
Start by separating items by types.
Organizing guru Marie Kondo separates everything into five basic categories:
- Miscellaneous items
- Sentimental items
Once you’ve started with a room and a certain category, the chore ahead of you seems a lot more manageable.
Devote yourself to one category per day so you don’t get burned out quickly.
It may take longer, but you’ll be more precise in your decluttering this way.
3. Keep, Donate, Trash
Now that you have your rooms separated by category, review each item and decide to keep, donate, or store it.
The best way to do this is by holding each individual object.
With the object in your hands, consider how it impacts your life.
Does it have a purpose in your home or is just taking up space?
If the item truly has a purpose or brings you joy, keep it.
Place it back on your shelf and accept that the item belongs in your life.
If the item no longer has a purpose in your home, decide if it could be useful to someone else.
If so, start a donation box to drop off at your preferred non-profit.
If the item has seen better days, is broken, or just plain dirty, it’s time to part ways and trash it.
4. Try a Storage Unit
There are some items that don’t serve a purpose now but you may need in the future.
The number one example of these items is baby stuff.
Maybe your youngest is three years old, but you plan on having more children in the future.
In this case, it would be silly to donate or throw away the items, but they also don’t need to be taking up room in your home.
Instead, store items that fit into this category. If you have a basement or garage, you can store things there.
But, if you’re short on space, don’t be afraid to store your items in a storage unit.
You can even get special insurance to cover your possessions in the storage unit.
If you’re storing valuables, you need to check it out!
5. Use a Capsule Wardrobe
The clothes category is an easy one to lose motivation with.
You may be tempted to just shut your closet door and not consider it clutter.
But think about how hard it is to find an outfit in the morning or an empty hanger when putting away the laundry.
It doesn’t have to be this way. Instead, a lot of people have embraced capsule wardrobes.
The main gist of a capsule wardrobe is owning a few, quality articles of clothing that can be mixed and matched to complete a whole wardrobe.
There’s no need to have 12 cheap t-shirts taking up in your closet when you could invest in 3 high-quality t-shirts.
Making this change not only clears out closet space but it also can improve your overall fashion sense.
6. Be Realistic
Our last tip for decluttering your home is to remain realistic. You are a human being with possessions.
You can’t expect your home to look exactly like the homes minimalist influencers you follow on Instagram.
Instead, think about the items and how they enhance your life.
Yes, your children have toys cluttering the living room, but they bring them joy and fun.
Yes, your bookshelf is overflowing with books, but you love to read and learn new things.
Having a little bit of clutter in your life is okay. Just make sure that the clutter you do have brings you joy and has a purpose in your home.
Start Decluttering Your Life Today
With these tips, you can start decluttering your life and home today.
To gain a little motivation while decluttering, put on a motivational podcast or a binge-able television show.
Having this background noise will keep you from getting bored.
If you really need motivation, make a deal with yourself that you can only listen or watch while decluttering.
Once finished, if your home looks bare without all your possessions, browse the rest of this site to get ideas for classy, yet minimal, home decor.