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How to rid your home of clutter

Keeping your home clean is difficult if you have too much clutter, in this post, we will take a look at some of the best ways to get rid of clutter in your home so that it looks more presentable and stays cleaner for longer.

Having a cleaner home will not only help with the stress levels of people who live there but it will also make your home easier to sell if you ever consider it.

1) Get rid of items you don't need

The simplest way of getting rid of clutter is to throw out anything you don't need. In doing so you are freeing up your home to have more space. When throwing out items don't start with sentimental ones, instead, start with what you would consider junk.

Things like:

  • old makeup
  • old toys
  • old documents

Are a good place to start and when you have thrown all of those out you would be surprised how much more space you have.

2) Store items you hardly use 

Once you have tackled the items you never use you should then move onto the items that rarely get used yet hold some type of sentimental value.

For items you don't want to throw out you should consider using self storage to keep your items stored away safely until you need them again.

If you don't have too much to store and don't need an entire storage unit you could look for companies that rent out storage lockers. Lockers are usually cheaper than units as they aren't as big but they are perfect for storing old items that you don't quite want to throw o

3) Reformat old media

How many of us have items that have sentimental value but are too big and clunky to possibly keep. For me, that includes old documents, VHS tapes, and old photos.

Instead of throwing these out or putting them into storage, you can reformat them to a new type of media.  James Palliser of Digital Converters says that "changing your media into newer formats not only gets rid of clutter in the home but it also protects your precious memories for years to come."

We agree with James. There are many reasons to convert your tapes and saving space is a huge benefit. Looking around my room while I type this I can see a box of old photos, DVDs and VHS Tapes. If I were to convert them to digital media I could save a third of my room space and probably store them on one memory stick.

4) Purchase more storage

When you have thrown out items, stored others and converted your old files and you still have clutter it's time to purchase more storage in the home. You can get storage for every room in the house so don't despair.

For the kitchen, you can store your pots and pans on wall racks. For the bathroom, you can buy sinks with storage built-in and for rooms like the bedroom or living room, you can get creative with shelves, ottomans, cupboards and even the furniture choices that you make.

Furniture that doesn't sit right on the floor that lets light go underneath it will allow the eye to see more flooring space so it will create the illusion of more space and less clutter.

You can also get creative with mirrors in the home as they reflect light and it's a well-known restaurant secret where small restaurants will use big mirrors on their walls to give the illusion of more space. You can take this trick and try it in your home too.

Conclusion

Getting rid of clutter in your home is going to help you enjoy it more and if you ever consider selling your house it's going to help sell it quicker too. The tips in this article will help you declutter your home but if you would like even more tips on decluttering your home check out this useful article for more tips.

 
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