How To Purge and Declutter Your Home

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Have you wondered how to purge, declutter and organize your home? Ridding your home of excess clutter and unwanted items can be a daunting task, especially if you try to tackle it all in a single day. One of the golden rules of cleaning and organizing your home is to take it slow and steady, especially if you have other important commitments to worry about. A lot of people believe they have other responsibilities that are more important than maintaining their home and they find themselves inundated with too much stuff. The best way to keep from being overwhelmed by clutter is to spend a short amount of time each day putting things in place.

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So in this post, we’ll be taking a look at a couple of stress-free ways to slowly purge and declutter your home.

Have you wondered how to purge and declutter your home?  Decluttering your home can be surprisingly challenging if you try to tackle it all in a single day. One of the golden rules of cleaning up your home is to take it slow and steady.

Work from one room to another

One of the biggest mistakes people make is trying to declutter their entire house all at once. This can be a huge project and extremely time-consuming. It can lead to frustration and may cause you to abandon the actual process. In addition, it’ll feel daunting because you have a huge task ahead of you. This can put a lot of people off the purging process and decluttering efforts altogether. The better option is to do a little bit at a time, working from room to room. Start with your living room or any other room that you use on a regular basis, then work from one end of the room to another. Work through it slowly and you’ll see gradual improvement, even if you only spend a few minutes each day cleaning up.

Keeping track of your progress

One of the best ways to motivate yourself while decluttering is to take before and after pictures of a room or section. It’s a great way to see your progress and it’s also something you can share with friends and family members for a bit of encouragement. You can think of it as a pat on the back for a job well done.

If you have a lot of stuff, designate a room as storage

If you’re lucky enough to have an extra room available, you can designate it as a storage room. You can dump all of your extra stuff there to be sorted. Alternatively, you could also consider renting a storage shed if you don’t have much space in your home or garden. The first step is to go through every single item and ask a few simple questions. Is this in good condition and if so it is worth keeping or worth donating? If you have items that are in good shape you could consider selling them at a consignment shop and you may be able to make a small commission.

I found these baskets 2 for $2 at Walmart. I used Command Hooks and hung them up on the wall in my bathroom for a little extra storage.

Different storage ideas

After you have completed sorting an entire room it is the perfect time to consider new storage solutions. There are countless different storage & organizing ideas to try. Whether it’s hanging wire baskets, under-stair storage options, or adding shelves to your basement, there are many creative ways to add a bit more storage space to your home. We suggest trying out a range of different ideas once you’ve managed to clear up some of the clutter. This will give you more space to store your belongings without simply dumping them into boxes and stacking them high.


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  1. Ticia Parente says:

    Chas, I have your instructions for spot cleaning a rug with Tide (or maybe other detergent) and I wondered if, after you have cleaned the spot/stain with your cleaning cloth that has the detergent on it, do you rinse it or wipe it further with a clean rag to remove any soapy residue? TIA

    1. Hi Ticia! So yes, I like to rinse the spot with clean water and dry that up. Sometimes dirt can stick to soap, so I like to remove that after the spot is gone.

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