If you are feeling overwhelmed by the clutter within your home, you’re not alone. Study after study has shown that Americans are inundated by belongings, with the average American home having over 300,000 items inside! According to the Boston Globe, “…despite an industry that’s grown so massive it’s become its own form of clutter — with books, and experts, and storage containers, and apps, and YouTube videos — we’ve made so little progress that even the professional organizers aren’t pretending the problem has been solved — or even that it’s solvable.”
In fact, a recent survey conducted by the Huffington Post found that “81 percent of men and 87 percent of women” experience anxiety keeping up with their home, with the main culprit of home-related stress being “…clutter, which many survey respondents describe as being overwhelming for them. One anonymous commenter said that keeping things organized and clutter under control is a ‘constant struggle.”
With an influx of clutter leading to increased stress and anxiety levels, it’s no wonder that people are eager to clean up and clear out. If you want to rid your home of clutter, and in turn maximize space and minimize stress, these 3 simple tips can help!
Clean Up: Implement a cleaning schedule that includes each person in your family – many hands make light work!
Instead of becoming overwhelmed by cleaning each area of your home all at once, enlist the help of a cleaning schedule that you and your family can use to target specific areas on specific days. This will stop clutter from building up within your home, while simultaneously keeping it sparkling team. Best of all, with each person taking on various assignments based on age and ability, the load will be lighter and easier for all!
Clear Out: Utilize the keep, give and toss principle to remove items that do not have a plan or purpose within your home!
Instead of undertaking a massive purge, becoming paralyzed by the amount of items you have and then giving up altogether, make a conscious effort to get rid of items on a regular basis, starting with one small section of your home at a time. Ask yourself:
- Have I/we used this item in the last 3-6 months?
- Do I/we have a genuine plan or purpose to use it within the next 3-6 months?
If nothing comes to mind, donate it. And if you don’t have use for it, and are certain no one else will (let’s face it – we all have junk), just toss it, and don’t look back!
Get Organized: Find a functional place for everything and rent a local self-storage unit for items that are simply too large.
Contrary to popular belief, not all people rent self-storage because they have too much stuff in their home and need a place to store excess. With the trend for smaller homes at an all time high, people have found that renting a unit at a local storage facility provides them with the opportunity to keep sporting equipment, seasonal decor and seasonal clothing off site. Doing so maximizes space within their homes for items they need on a daily basis, keeping their attics, porches, and garages clear.
By setting a plan to clean your home, getting rid of items you don’t need, and renting a nearby storage unit, your home will remain organized and clutter-free! The result? More space and less stress. In the words of Angie Harmon, “…if you’re not happy at home, you’re not happy anywhere else.” So, here’s to making your home a happy one!
To the newly organized, happier you!