Clutter is a more serious problem than you may think. Sure, it’s annoying that you might have to squeeze through some parts of the home and hurt your foot stepping on something you forgot was there. But it’s also known to be responsible for raising stress levels and even for worsening air quality due to the build-up of dust. It’s time to deal with clutter before it gets you sick or hurt.
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Get rid of more stuff
Simply put, ask yourself if all the clutter lying around is really a necessary part of your life. A weekly look at the clutter you have in the home could help you get a better idea of what you should throw away or sell instead of keeping around. This goes not just for the random papers, but clothes, and even furniture that is taking up more space than it currently justifies at the moment. Take a page from the minimalist’s book.
Have sorting bins in every room
Do you live a busy life that tends to see items picked up from one part of the room and quickly brought into another? Do you often lack the time to immediately tidy up after yourself? Placing strategy wicker baskets in each room could help. As such, if you spot something out of place but don’t immediately have the time to find the right space for it, you can toss it in your sorting bin, instead. Then, when you do have the time, you can go through the sorting bins in the home and make sure everything finds its right place again.
Use storage that fits your needs
A lot of us have storage space at home but aren’t using it as effectively as we can. If you just throw items on top of one another until that space is all full up, not only does it make it impossible to find what you need, but you might actually be using more space than you think. Check out how a closet designer creates custom closets to see how neat, divided spaces can actually open up more room for your stuff. Of course, it makes it a lot more organized, too.
Add some space
If you’re really struggling with the amount of possessions you have but can’t add any more storage or get rid of anything, then perhaps you simply need to add more space to the home. More space is more valuable when it comes to your home’s worth. But adding an extension or converting a basement or loft could also make the home a much more practical place to live, as well. Of course, this is a costly and long project to take on, so it’s good to have a purpose for the new space beyond fighting clutter.
Even if you’re not worried about the most dramatic impacts clutter can have on your life, the opportunity to open up some space in your home is going to make it a much more enjoyable place to be, so follow the tips above and free your home from clutter’s dreaded grasp.
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