Improving Your Home Space
Filling your home with a lot of beautiful things may sometimes also mean saying goodbye to outdated and unused items. There are many reasons to de-clutter your home to make your living life more pleasant.
Reasons to De-clutter the Home
Too much of anything is not healthy physically or mentally. Clutter has an effect on our mental and physical well being. Areas that accumulate clutter are:
– The closet
– The basement storage
– The garage
– The kitchen
These four areas you should pay close attention to when doing your seasonal deep cleaning. We somehow accumulate too many things to fit in these areas.
The Closet, Storage, and Garage
Closets accumulate clothes, bedding, towels, shoes, and many other things. When de-cluttering your wardrobe, the crucial questions to ask are:
1. Have I worn this within the past year?
2. Will I use this in the next year?
3. Does this belong in this part of the house?
4. Do I have multiples of this particular item?
5. Is it outdated?
6. Is it broken or have missing pieces?
7. Is it stained or torn?
8. Do I really need this?
Answering these questions will help you decide if items need to stay or be removed.
De-cluttering the Kitchen
The kitchen holds the highest traffic area and one of the most cluttered spots in the house. Between mismatched dishes, endless unused coffee mugs, water bottles with missing tops, and Tupperware scattered, we need to keep the kitchen organized and eliminate items we do not need.
Dishes and Utensils
I personally do not like mix-matched dishes and utensils; however, sometimes we have to deal with it until we can replace them. Every start or end of the season considers replacing sets (utensils, glasses, Tupperware, cups, utensils, pots, and pans.
We can sometimes accumulate too many machines. Most people struggle with having too many and no space to store it. For example, blender, toaster, waffle maker, food chopper, coffee bean grinder, food dehydrator, and crockpot.
Depending on the season, you may want to store appliances that are not being used for the season in another location to save space in storage. Other ideas are to remove devices that simply never get used. Replacing appliances should be done when the product is outdated or has damaged.
We can also accumulate home decorations over time. Going through each room, consider removing outdated items, chipped/broken, faded, or loss of color. Consider updating pictures in frames to give your room a new look. Replace items with unique items for fresh designs. I have been known to move themed home decorations around. For example, I used to do the moose/bearwood theme for the living room. Later I moved the theme to the family room. Now it has been relocated to my husband’s office. Some times giving other places a fresh look by reusing existing decorations can help offer a new design for a room.
Those Drawers and other Storage Places
Don’t forget about drawers and storage boxes. These two need to be reorganized and remove items either outdated or do not belong in that drawer/box. Games and DVDs should be placed back into their appropriate containers. If they are missing a piece, consider tossing.
Crafts, Accessories, and Makeup
As women, we love to accumulate a lot of items. It is essential to go through our makeup and beauty supplies at least once a month to toss out expired items.
Crafts tend to accumulate and expire as well. Toss out or donate craft items that will likely not get used, or you consider it expired for your future projects.
If you de-clutter regularly, you will be making room for newer things. You will also have less to sort through in the future. This is a great reason to de-clutter your home often.