At Simplicity and Style, we believe that your home should be your haven, the place you can relax and recharge at the end of a long day. However, the reality is that amidst our busy schedules many of us are drowning in clutter! Clutter drains your energy and costs you time (think about how much time you spend searching for items) and money (have you ever purchased multiples of the same items simply because you didn't know you already had several on hand?)
The good news is that reclaiming your space and bringing order to the chaos is entirely achievable, even if you're feeling overwhelmed. Decluttering is not an easy process but is essential to your mental health! Here are 4 practical steps to help you let go of clutter and organize your home, helping you turn the chaos into calm!
1. Start Small, Stay Consistent
The mere thought of tackling your entire home can be paralyzing, especially if clutter has taken root for a long time. Instead of attempting an overwhelming overhaul, begin with a single room, a closet, or even a drawer. Setting achievable goals helps to prevent burnout and sets the stage for success. As you gradually see the changes in these smaller spaces, you'll feel motivated to tackle larger areas.
2. The Three-Container Method: Keep, Donate, Discard
When confronted with a cluttered space, it's often challenging to decide what stays and what goes. The Three-Box Method simplifies this process. Set aside three boxes or bags labeled "Keep," "Donate/Sell," and "Discard." As you sort through your belongings, place items in the appropriate box based on their relevance in your life. This method forces you to make deliberate decisions, preventing procrastination and reducing clutter.
3. Embrace Minimalism and Sentimental Value
Clutter often accumulates due to a lack of intentional consumption. Embracing minimalism doesn't mean living starkly; rather, it's about mindfully considering what you own and what you purchase. When deciding whether to keep or toss an item, ask yourself if it serves a purpose or brings genuine joy. Marie Kondo's "spark joy" philosophy works when you are going through sentimental pieces. For practical items, decide if you still use it or if it's been years. Letting go can be a hard process but a simplified space will be worth it!
4. Implement Effective Storage Solutions
To key to maintaining an organized home is having designated places for everything (everything needs a home). Invest in storage solutions that suit your space and are aesthetically clean and simple. We love these affordable bins from The Container Store to hold just about everything!
5. Develop Sustainable Habits
Decluttering and organizing aren't one-time tasks; they're ongoing habits! After you've transformed your space, you need to establish some routines to prevent clutter from creeping back in. Spend a few minutes each day tidying up, and set aside regular times throughout the year for deeper cleaning and organizing.
As you start the process of de-cluttering your home, keep your long term vision in mind: A clutter-free home where you feel less stressed and able to relax! Remember that it's okay to take it one step at a time and celebrate your progress, no matter how small. Getting organized can make you feel like a huge weight has been lifted off of your shoulders!
As always, we are here to help if you feel too overwhelmed! In a few hours, our team can tackle several spaces that would often take our clients days or even weeks. Reach out today (just click the "contact" link on our website menu) to schedule a phone call or a complimentary consultation!