If you are a parent, you probably have firsthand experience of how quickly kids can create clutter in the home. Reports indicate that the average UK parent declutters the house at least once in 12 months. Admittedly, it is almost impossible to have a spick and span home when you have tiny tots around. If you can relate to this, please find out how you can declutter your home and create space in your dwelling.
Sort out with bins, baskets, or cubbies
In many homes, baskets, cubbies, and bins are essential storage containers. They are conducive to packing a variety of items. Most importantly, these containers help cut down on clutter in the home. This is because things look organised when kept in colour coded containers and baskets. An alternative to differentiate them is to use labels. If your kids are yet to read, use picture labels to help them identify what’s in each box or bin.
Cubbies are plastic drawer organisers that usually take up very little space in the closet or wardrobe. Instead of having your kids’ little odds strewn all over the house, cubbies are excellent places to keep items to avoid clutter. Sometimes, bins, baskets, and cubbies are not enough to store things. When you realise this, seek the services of storage renting facilities to make your home decluttering process more convenient.
Identify the essential things
Cleaning experts say the first step to decluttering the house is identifying what holds value to you or the home. This is very different from attaching sentimental value to possessions you should be getting rid of. With kids, identifying what is essential can be pretty tricky. This is because they tend to hold on to their toys for as long as they can.
It is not just their favourite toys but every other plaything you purchased for them. Therefore, to make it easier for you, identify the things used regularly and are essential items of the home. If your kids are old enough, all it takes is a little bit of talking to (actually convincing) to let go of things without much value.
For many parents, there is always the temptation to make use of the slightest amount of space. However, the urgent need to maximise space in the home can cause terrible clutter. For example, you might feel compelled to fill countertops with items when there is the option to bin or discard. Fortunately, science proves that allowing free space in the home influences visual aesthetics. This means the more space you create, the less clutter you will see in the house.
Donate items or have a yard sale
If you have no intention to store the belongings and other items you cleared, you can make some money off them. The guiding principle is for these items to be in good shape and clean. A yard sale offers the opportunity to sell things you do not need. If you desire to be more philanthropic, donate them to communities or charities that need them. When you do any of these two, you will be thankful that you did something good while decluttering your home.
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