2019 Idaho Real Estate Blog

Finding New Ways to Declutter Your Own Home Main Idaho Real Estate Insights

Sometimes, it’s difficult to identify what, exactly, is making you feel stressed. Knowing why you’re stressed gives you an objective, something tangible you can correct. There are the usual factors that most of us identify with stress: work, money, family, weight, etc. However, the reason is sometimes closer, something that surrounds you every day but gets taken for granted. If your home has ceased to be a refuge, and if you feel anxious instead of rested in your own house, you could be suffering the emotional effects of clutter.

Studies have made a connection between a cluttered home and feelings of stress, even depression. If you dread the thought of decluttering, try taking a relaxed and easy approach, and bear in mind the psychological benefits you’ll derive from an organized living space. When it comes to decluttering your house, you’re the expert.

Store It

As you declutter, you’ll probably come across items you no longer need but aren’t ready to get rid of, things like family heirlooms, which you may be able to give to family members but haven’t had time to ask around. In the meantime, place them into storage instead of cluttering your basement or garage. It’s an affordable solution: you can rent a 10-by-10 storage space in Boise, Idaho, for just $85 at Keylock Storage on Meridian. For smaller items, look into storage bins you can keep in the garage. Retailers such as the Container Store offer bins starting at around $11.99, though the price will depend on what size you need.

Make Some Money

You probably never thought of decluttering as an opportunity to make money. But you may be sitting on a house full of stuff that could be sold in any number of ways, from Craigslist or eBay to the local consignment store, or through a garage or yard sale. You might be surprised at what people will purchase at the right price. Old and vintage clothing, athletic equipment, tools, and kitchen appliances that are cluttering your living space can be a source of ready income. Decide what you’ll do with the money so that everyone is motivated to help.

Make Do with Less

Making do with less is a good way to find out what you don’t need and can get rid of. Clothing typically accounts for a large amount of clutter, so consider accepting the 333 challenge — wear just 33 articles of clothing for a period of three months. It’s okay to fudge a bit if necessary as long as you meet your objective, which is to find out how much clothing you can live without and what can be donated, given away, or thrown out completely. You’ll free up space and save money by reducing your laundry cycles. During your three-month challenge, you might also find there are other objects you can easily live without.

Friends and Neighbors

Sometimes, it’s helpful to get another perspective. Consider involving people you trust, perhaps a neighbor or family member, to offer their opinions on what they think you should declutter. You don’t have to take their advice, but keep in mind that others may see things in ways you hadn’t considered. You might even find some takers, perhaps friends who are willing to take some of the clutter off your hands, such as excess furniture or unwanted cooking supplies. If you want an expert opinion, you can hire a decluttering expert in your area, a service that could easily run you around $40 to $50 per hour depending on your location.

Make a ‘Hit List’

Do some planning in advance so you’re approaching the task systematically and efficiently. Make a list of individual areas you want to focus on, in order of difficulty, starting with the easiest areas. Stop once each task is complete so you don’t get sidetracked and end up working on a room that really doesn’t need the attention as badly. Move to the next area on your list and separate each item based on whether you’ll donate, recycle, give away or throw out. Check off each room as it’s completed and give yourselves a small treat after each one to keep everyone motivated. Once everything’s organized the way you want it, make a commitment to keep it all tidy and clean using a powerful vacuum cleaner and plenty of bins for storage. Otherwise, you risk defeating the purpose of decluttering.

Your home should be a haven of rest and recuperation from the stresses of everyday living; it shouldn’t be a contributing factor. Committing to a decluttered and well-organized living space is a commitment to a simpler, healthier lifestyle. Once your home is free of excess belongings, make a point of keeping it clean and tidy.

Posted by tlangford at 3/29/2019 11:49:00 PM
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