If you have souvenirs scattered about the house from visits to the Houston Space Center or the Bayou Wildlife Zoo, it's time to think about decluttering your home. With New Year's resolutions right around the corner, you can get a jump start on the process by starting it before the holidays. You'll also be making room for new amazing presents from loved ones to come into the home.
Where to Start?
You should always start with the room that gives you the most headaches. If the clutter in the living room makes you avoid the room, that's where you should start. If you hate the kitchen counter mess, start your efforts in that room.
Don't try to spend an entire day cleaning and clearing out clutter. You'll become exhausted and won't come close to completing all the areas you need to finish. Instead, spend a few hours over an entire week tackling small spaces. Once a small area is done, you'll feel more encouraged to continue with the process.
You'll want to keep motivated through the entire month and into the new year. In fact, you'll want the decluttering process to become a habit. While it shouldn't take over your entire life, it should become second nature to make choices that won't let clutter into your home.
If you make the job more interesting, you're more likely to not dread the tasks. Set a time limit for each room and stick to it. While you might not finish each room in the time limit, you can do the process again next week. Within a week or two, the rooms will be decluttered and beautiful.
Organize and Store
When you've cleaned out trash and unwanted items, it's time to think about how you'll store them to minimize the tendency to clutter in the future. You can search for a storage unit by typing mini-storage near me into your search engine. That will give you a space outside the home to keep items that you don't need constantly, but that you don't want to throw in the trash.
You should begin moving items to their new spaces as soon as you have organization and storage solutions in place. Once things start to become organized, that becomes motivation to continue.