Top Tips to Get Rid of Clutter
It happens to all of us, we buy this, we get that, grandma bought you a new sweater, a cute trinket, you name it and we keep it. Before you know it, all this clutter has taken up a good amount of space. Additionally, it can pile up quickly, meaning your home could go from organized to chaotic in a short period of time. This is especially the case when you get an emotional attachment to an item. Once that emotion has been stirred, it’s difficult to get rid of, very difficult, but not impossible.
With the following tips though, you learn the secret of letting go and organizing that clutter in rooms like your bedroom, family room, even the bathroom.
Just Let it Go
When it comes time to clean out sentimental items, the main thing to consider is, do you really need it? Ask yourself if the things you are attached to have a functional use or are being used regularly or does it bring you any joy? If the answer to these questions is “no,” then bye bye and move on. There’s no point in holding on to something that has no use or real sentimental value for you. What’s important are your memories and they will always be there.
Time Limit Your Items
With so many calls for celebration in today’s world, it is very easy to hold on to short-term sentimental items such as birthday cards or a bouquet of flowers. Receiving one of these items gives you a feeling of love and acceptance, therefore it’s only natural you want to keep these items around and with that comes cluttering. Instead, give yourself a time span for how long you can hold onto these things. Flowers wilt and die, so toss those out once they start looking droopy and lose petals. In addition, give items like cards or notes a one to two week expiration date or only keep the ones that have an emotional value. Once that time is up, send them to the recycle bin and organize the ones you do truly want to keep.
It’s the era of technology and there are terabytes of storage in our world. By accessing a cloud, hard drive, memory backups and more, you can hold on to your cherished moments. All your photographs, doodles, handwritten love notes, kids report cards etc, can be scanned as a digital record. This is perfect because it wont take up space, attract dust or more importantly, create clutter. Other than it not taking up space, it’s also peace of mind knowing you have your cherished moments saved in a cloud that can be accessed anywhere.
Create a Memory Box or Journal
When it’s time to declutter and let some stuff go, it’s important to remember that it’s okay to keep a couple things. You have old family photos, very sentimental momentos, a rock from a trip, a letter from a loved one, a precious artifact, whatever it may be it has serious sentimental value for you. As long as you’re in control of these items, hold on to them dearly. A great way to do this is to make a memory box. Try not to get a huge box that takes up a lot of space. Grab a box that is easy to tuck away and place those sentimental items. Try not to go overboard though, really consider if you need to keep that movie stub or pamphlet in the box. Once that box fills up over time you can go through the process again and see if you need to keep everything.
Another idea for those pamphlets or ticket stubs, is creating a journal. This way you can also document any important events alongside the ticket stub. Not only will this create an easy fix to organize your belongings but it’s also a therapeutic process.
Sentimental items don’t necessarily have to be clutter, it’s all in the way you store them. There’s plenty of ways to create artwork and keep those cherished moments. For example, decoupage — the art of cutting out paper and gluing it to hard surfaces is a great way to organize drawings, letters, or postcards to decorate tables, dressers, desktops or any hard surface. It’s a great way to keep what you want, decorate your home, and decrease clutter. Many people have sewn quilts with clothes that have emotional sentiment to them. Many people create collages of family photos from a trip or event. Do you save flowers and rocks? Consider pressed flowers in books and/or housing your rocks in a shadow box. With this method, you can even write a one word label under the items to make it a more personal and interesting piece of artwork. Whatever medium you choose, there are plenty of ways of storing sentimental items.
Once you get into the habit of getting rid of clutter and only keeping what really matters to you, you may find that you enjoy the minimalist lifestyle. If you you find that you still need help, rest assure Laura’s Maids can come and help you. Contact us for a FREE QUOTE today!