It can be tough to purge all that stuff you’ve collected over the years, partly because there’s just so darn much of it. Like an unwanted guest, clutter has a way of overstaying its welcome. Read on to learn how to rid yourself of unwanted clutter and reclaim all of that closet space, thanks to tips from our AMA Rewards partners, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and Just Junk. What to Keep and What to Toss – Any item that doesn’t have a purpose can be considered clutter. As you start to go through your belongings, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I need this?
- Is it meaningful?
- Will I miss it if it’s gone?
- When was the last time I used it?
With that in mind, following these quick tips can have you decluttering your home like a pro: Choose a Room Cleaning one room at a time is less overwhelming, so it’s important not to let misplaced items sidetrack you. Group items that don’t belong in the room you’re cleaning into boxes or baskets and return them to their proper places after you’ve finished.
Pro Tip: Bedrooms
Once you’ve packed away your winter clothes, hang all of your spring clothes on hangers facing the same direction. When you wear an item, turn the hanger around. At the end of the season, a quick glance at your hangers will let you know which clothes you enjoyed and which can be given away.
Pro Tip: Bathrooms
Mascara usually expires after three months. Facial cleansers and moisturizers are usually good for about a year, but check your cosmetics and skin care product bottles for expiry dates.
Empty the Space Fill at least two boxes or bags with clutter from your room. Clothing that’s still in good condition can be donated or sold, and the rest can be trashed or used for other purposes, as described in our Spring Cleaning Guide.
Pro Tip: Pay it Forward
Have your kids outgrown their toys? Donate them to a charity, such as United Way, Goodwill, or the Salvation Army. A quick Google search can tell you where in your area you can donate your toys to. Get your kids involved when deciding what to donate — it’ll help them learn the importance of recycling, and will make them feel good, too.
Decide Where Things Should Go Ask yourself if the item could be useful for someone else. If not, get rid of it. If you’re doing multiple rooms over the weekend, consider sourcing a full-service junk removal company to help dispose of your items.
Pro Tip: Reorganize Your Organization Just because that vase, end table, or decoration no longer works in its original room anymore doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for it still in your home. Simply moving it to a new area of your home could breathe new life into it, and your décor.
The Last Step Take pride in what you’ve accomplished — Look around your clutter-free room and pat yourself on the back. Get your family involved in the process. With a little luck, the amount of hard work that went into cleaning will rub off on them, which may keep your home looking beautiful for that much longer.