Interior experts say that the major reason behind every cluttered household is the lack of organization and decision. This is especially true for people who find sentimental reasons to hold on to old stuff. It’s not a bad thing, but old pieces certainly end up in disorganized piles of items in the stock room or in your closet.
To help you organize your home, Lamudi has put together some practical tips to declutter your personal space to make it more livable.
- Apply the Four-box Method
It’s as simple as getting four boxes and labelling them: “Put Away”, “Give Away/Sell”, “Storage”, and “Trash.” By using this method, the homeowner is forced to make a decision. For example, in organizing your living room, you can identify whether you want to put an item in another section of the house, sell it at a garage sale, donate it to charity, store it, or throw it out. Do not let go of an item until you have made a decision about which box it should go to. Continue doing that until you have sorted out all your stuff and filled all the boxes. Afterwards, spend 10 to 15 minutes emptying them—relocate the items you want to keep, seal the box containing the stuff you want to sell or give away, create an inventory for the items that would go to storage, and take the trash out. Do this in every section of the house at least once a month and see positive results.
- Use the Oprah Hanger Method
No matter what size or type of wardrobe closet you have, nothing is more stressful than getting lost in a closet full of disorganized clothes! To solve this, you can apply the hanger method often used by the public icon Oprah Winfrey. Hang all your clothes with the hangers facing backwards (the opposite direction to usual). When you return them to your closet after use, turn the hanger around so that is facing in the correct direction. Do this for five to six months so that you can have a clear picture of the clothes you don’t wear too often or don’t wear at all. These can be donated to charity or sold.
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