Here are tips for decluttering your home so you can find your path to peace in your life and your home.
Don't let clutter rob you of another second of joy.
Instead, learn how to conquer it one item at a time, and gain habits and skills to keep you from letting it back into your home again, once you've banished it.
Clutter is a complex topic, since to really get a handle on it you've got both some mental work to do in your head, and physical work to do in your home.
I simply can't give this topic the depth of coverage it deserves in one single page. That's why I'm creating an ongoing series for the site about clutter control and removal.
Below you'll find a broad outline of some of the main topics I plan to cover, and I will add the links to the pages as they are created. However, before I share the list of articles in this forthcoming series, I want you to know the benefits of decluttering, and how it can improve your life.
This site is all about finding the right home storage solutions for all around your house, so why would I suggest you declutter? Can't your problems just be solved by buying more boxes, bags, furniture and more stuff to store all your stuff in?
That last question suggests the answer, doesn't it? Although creating, repurposing and buying storage solutions is definitely a part of the process of home organization, more fundamentally organization is about putting things back in their place in your home.
You've heard the slogan, "A place for everything, and everything in its place."
I like that slogan, and have adapted it here as my tagline for Home Storage Solutions 101, where we try to find "A place for everything that matters."
Realistically, if you're even remotely interested in the concept of decluttering, it is because you know you don't have enough space in your home to hold everything you currently have crammed in there. Plus, whether you realize it or not, all that clutter is stressing you out.
Trying to cram stuff into too tight of a space, or seeing stacks of stuff all over the place because there isn't even room to try to cram it somewhere out of sight makes things hard in our lives.
When there is visual chaos, as opposed to clear flat spaces in our home, it creates tension that keeps us from truly relaxing and enjoying our homes. That's why clutter has got to go.
Clutter robs us of peace, tranquility, time, and enjoyment, and instead gives us stress. Get rid of clutter and home organization becomes a heck of a lot easier and more enjoyable too, because it is easier to find appropriate places for all the stuff you've got left in your home, the stuff that really matters.
As I said above, there are really two parts to dealing with the clutter in your home. Before you can deal with the physical objects though, you've got to get your head around why you're holding on to things in the first place.
These mental steps are helpful for everyone, whether you've got a lot of junk in your home you're holding onto, or just have a little more stuff than you can comfortably fit into your home space.
As I create these articles in the series I'll add the links to them below:
Once you are mentally ready for the decluttering process, it is time to actually begin, and that can be just as daunting as dealing with the mental stuff.
Here are the planned articles for this part of the series, to help us all tackle our stuff, and get rid of things we don't want or need anymore to lead us on the road to peace in our homes.
The articles I've listed above hit the highlights of the decluttering process, but there are always other things to learn and consider as you work through this process, since clutter is something you must combat every day in your home.
Here are some additional articles on the site which touch on the topic of clutter control, that you may also find helpful.
Books On Organizing & Removing Clutter: Reviews & Recommendations
Join The Getting Clutter Free In 15 Minutes A Day Hall Of Fame
How To Stop Junk Mail: Instructions To Opt Out & Eliminate It
How To Set Up Clutter Donation Box
What To Do With Used Christmas Cards
I would love to hear from you, sharing your thoughts, questions, or ideas about this topic, so leave me a comment below. I try to always respond back!