Over the course of our lives, we tend to accumulate vast quantities of junk. We wind up buying much more than we need and, eventually, our homes reach their limit. After a certain point, there simply isn’t enough space to put everything. The only solution is to have a massive clearout.
But how, exactly, do you go about this? In this post, we find out.
Just grabbing a load of bin bags and stuffing your possessions into them isn’t the best way to clear out your home. Sure, you’ll get rid of some junk, but you’ll also wind up throwing out a bunch of stuff that you actually need.
The trick here is to start planning in advance. Take some time to consider what you actually need to get rid of and why you want to clean out your home. Are you doing it because you’re moving out or do you just want more living space?
Make A Timeline
Next, consider your timeline. Think about how long it will take to clean out your home and do everything you need to do.
Houses are pretty big. And most of us have more stuff in them than we realize. Therefore, it might take several weeks before your property is in an acceptable state.
Take Out The Trash
The next step is to actually get rid of everything that you don’t want. If you have a lot of stuff, you’ll want to consider professional rubbish removal. You might not be able to stuff everything into your wheelie bin
If you feel like you are making tough decisions about what to throw out, and what not to, then take your time. Don’t pressure yourself to make tough decisions on the spot. If you’re not sure whether you want to throw out an item, leave it and then come back to it at a later date.
Sort Your Junk
If you have a lot of trash you want to get rid of, it’s worth sorting it first. Try categorizing it and thinking about what you need, and what you don’t.
Most people put their stuff into three piles:
You can also add a fourth category, trash, for stuff that you really can’t do anything with, like old batteries.
If you’re sorting through junk, make sure that you take plenty of breaks. Give yourself a rest from time to time so that you stay motivated.
If you have a lot to do, make sure that you start small. Don’t try to take on the whole house at the same time.
Take Your Items To Storage
Once you’ve sorted through everything, take your items to storage or donate them to charity. You might also want to sell some items if they are valuable at this point, potentially making a profit.
Organize Whatever Remains
The last step is to organize what remains. Clean everything up and put it in its proper place. Rooms should feel homely with plenty of space to move around.