Best Ways to Stay Junk FreeYou set a day or two aside to get the job done. After gathering together boxes and bags, you begin to go room by room, decluttering all storage space and even ridding yourself of some decor. With bags and boxes filled to the brim, you have really accomplished your goal. Then, you drop some stuff off at a local charity, donating a whole lot. You’ve also set aside stuff to sell and still more that will be thrown into the trash.
As you work to remove the things you no longer need or want, keep three containers beside you: a laundry basket, a bag for donations, and a garbage/recycling bag. Put things that belong elsewhere in the house into the laundry basket. For example, if you are organizing your pantry, put the dog leash, notebook, and roller skates. Donate as much as you can to charities and recycle or trash the rest. —Today.comNow that you have a clutter free home, you’ll want to keep it that way. This is something that sounds simple, but, it’s not easy. We tend to accumulate more over time, and, that will put you right back in the same situation. To stay junk free, you can do the following:
- Recycle as much as possible. If you get in the habit of recycling, it keeps things from piling up. Sign-up for paperless statements, recycle paper and plastics routinely, and, this will greatly reduce clutter.
- Donate items you no longer use. There are some things people keep for sentimental reasons but a whole lot more just because it’s out of sight. Out of sight is out of mind, we’re told, and, that’s largely true. When you go through each and every room, make it a goal to give items away.
- Rearrange and pare down on furniture. One thing that makes a home look and feel cramped is too much furniture. Rearrange your furniture to maximize space and sell or donate what you rarely use. When you do, you’ll have more space to maneuver and less room to put stuff.
- Rearrange storage space. One reason storage spaces are jammed packed is a lack of organization. When you go through cabinets, closets, and pantries, take the time to not only purge, but also, organize. The more organized these areas are, the easier it is to retrieve what you need.