Is your home the relaxing and put together place you want it to be? When you need something, do you know exactly where to find it or do you find yourself digging through clutter in frustration? Are you always planning to get organized but don’t even know how to get started?
Today, we’ll be looking at the cornerstones of getting and maintaining a functional and stress-free home, decluttering and organizing. We’ll examine what decluttering and organizing are, why they are important, and how they work separately and together to achieve the desired result for your home.
Ready? Let’s go!
The purpose of decluttering is to reduce the amount of stuff in your home. Decluttering can be difficult. It can be hard to let go of items that you’ve spent a lot of money on, that you imagined using for some purpose that you never got around to, that has good memories attached to it, or that you think you may be able to use someday.
To begin the process of decluttering, you must ask yourself a few questions about your belongings. Is the item in question in use and serving a function within your home? Is it currently in reasonably good condition? Do you still enjoy having the item or does it have significant sentimental value?
If the answer to these questions is no, then the item needs to be removed from your home. You must now decide on a method of discarding the item. Does it simply need to be thrown in the trash or the recycling bin? Can you sell it and, if so, where and how likely are you to follow through with doing so in a timely manner? Would it be quicker and easier to donate it to a charitable organization or give it to a friend or relative who would really enjoy having it?
Decluttering and letting go of items can be a difficult process but it can also improve the appearance of your home, decrease stress, and allow you to focus on the things you really use and love. It also paves the way for organizing!
Organizing is a process which can make it easier to know where things are in your home when you need them, faster to retrieve them, and more simple to return when you are done with them.
It involves setting up systems for the management of things in your home which entails finding a place for each item that you have and making each of these places somewhere that is both logical and functional for you. In most cases, such a place would be either close to where the specific item will be used or where you will remember to look for it when it is needed.
Additionally, various forms of storage products are often purchased or improvised to contain items in a neat and easy to access way during the organization process.
Organizing can require thought and time but, once accomplished, can result in systems that you can maintain and which will create a more beautiful and restful home the whole family will enjoy.
One Without the Other
Individually, decluttering and organizing will only take you so far. For example, you may declutter your home and have less stuff to dig through when trying to find something. However, you still may not know where the desired object is because you haven’t given that item a place to live, making it easy to find and return after use.
Conversely, you may just want to get to the organizing and skip the decluttering. You may get excited about all of the organization products out there and believe that once you have these products, you will finally be organized. When you organize without decluttering first, though, you will spend far more time and energy than necessary by trying to organize items you no longer use and have a more difficult time finding places for each item within the limited space of your home. You will also need to buy storage products to fit a greater amount of stuff which, if you decide to declutter at a later time, will prove to be a waste of your hard-earned dollars.
As you can see, for the best results in your home, you should first declutter as much as possible. It’s a big step in reaching the goals you have for your home and should not be overlooked or put off until later, after you’ve organized. Once the decluttering has been finished, you’ll then be able to put systems in place to organize and maintain your home, making it easier to clean and resulting in less frustration and stress and more time and relaxation.
I know you can do it!
P.S. I hope this post has been of some value to you. I’d love to hear your comments or questions. Please feel free to share your stressors and successes here!