Junk doesn’t just create physical clutter in your home; it also breeds mental clutter. When your home is full of junk, you’ll typically feel stressed about the mess, ashamed of the disorder you’ve created, and confused about how to solve the problem. Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered. Follow these tips to banish your junk and start enjoying the benefits of clutter-free living.
Use Mind Power
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You can’t think away your junk, but getting into a positive mindset can make tackling the problem more achievable. Thinking you’ll never get on top of the clutter can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, visualize the way your home will look without the junk, then take steps to turn that vision into reality. Take inspiration from the people you know who have tidy homes. If they can do it, so can you!
Purge the Excess
Travel room by room through your home, identifying the excess items you no longer need. You might have old VHS tapes or a VCR you no longer use because you watch Blu-rays now. Perhaps there’s a hide-a-bed sofa you had before you could afford a full-sized bed for guests. You might still have the gym equipment you bought years ago but never used. Old magazines, unused appliances, and outgrown clothes are more examples of excess items.
Once you’ve identified these items, work on getting them out of the house. Yard sales are great for getting rid of excess items. The promise of making some extra cash may even convince you to purge items you’re on the fence about. Anything you can’t sell should be donated to Goodwill or taken to the landfill. Junk removal companies can help you move large, bulky unwanted items that are difficult to transport.
Store Items of Value
Getting rid of real junk is relatively easy. Purging items of sentimental or monetary value that are no longer serving you can be much harder. Give yourself a break and put them into storage instead. Hiring storage gets the items out of your house, making space for the things you really need without forcing you to surrender your seldom-used treasures.
Adopt Healthy Habits
Junk starts taking over our homes because we get into unhealthy habits. We can’t resist the bargains we see in stores and online and fail to purge the items we already have in our home. Once you’ve gotten rid of your junk, you’ll need to replace those unhealthy habits with healthier behaviors to stay organized.
Don’t bring a new item into your house without throwing something else away. Sort through your closets every six months, purging the items you no longer wear. Deal with mail as it arrives rather than letting it pile up. Buy a filing cabinet, then file documents when you receive them. Adopting these healthy habits will make sure the clutter you’ve worked hard to remove doesn’t creep back.
Don’t spend another day allowing junk to rule your life. Follow this advice, and you’ll find that it’s easier than you might have thought to clear the clutter and get organized.