Clutter doesn’t build up in a day, it slowly creeps into your home, and before you know it, you’ve run out of space. Most people get emotionally attached to their belongings and have trouble letting them go. This happens to the best of us, so you are not alone. However, as this year comes to an end, it is time to declutter and bring order back into your home. Here are a few tips to keep your home tidy and clutter-free.

Purge the clutter

The best way to declutter your house is to tackle one room at a time. If you are indecisive on what to keep, we recommend that you use the KonMari method. Create four different categories for what you want to keep, donate, store and discard. Here is how it works.

Keep

This category should only have items that you are currently using or will use in the near future. For example, since Christmas is two months away, you can keep the decorations at home.

Donate

Any clothes, toys, furniture or appliances that you do not use, and are in good condition should be donated to a charity organisation of your choice.

Store

Storage units give you the opportunity to purge your house of anything you want to keep but aren’t using at the moment. Collectables, holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, and any memorabilia falls into this category.

Discard

Anything that you cannot use or donate such as expired food, broken electronics, tattered clothes and junk mail should be thrown away.

After decluttering, it is now time to put everything back together. Follow these steps to get the best results.

Categorise

Before you begin, you might want to get a few storage boxes and containers. Once you have that sorted out, classify all of your items into different groups. The goal is to have all similar items stored in the same place, and containerising helps you do that.

Assign a home

When doing this, think of accessibility. Your most used items should be assigned to easily accessible areas and vice versa. Creating this system will help you accommodate new things without any stress.

Create a clutter area

Do not throw away your miscellaneous items, instead, assign them a drawer or a container. A junk drawer restricts them to one area, therefore reducing the mess.

Get a storage unit

Lastly, find your purged items a safe home. There are various options for self storage depending on your budget and needs, however, ensure that the facility is well secured and easily accessible. This will allow you to add or remove items from your unit at any time of the day.