Are you losing control of your home due to clutter? Rather than waiting for the situation to worsen, de cluttering your home, provide yourself with a minimalist environment.

A cluttered home is not an ideal environment to live in, let alone grow a family in. Believe it or not has the power to ruin your life in so many ways. It can damage your relationship, ruin productivity, negatively affect your mood, harm your health, and even derail your career. And if you have kids, it may even affect their performance in school and cause their grades to go down.

It’s time for you to take back control of your home through de cluttering – which you can follow up with house cleaning, or vice versa. Here are a few helpful tips to de clutter your home, which are not arranged in any particular order:

  1. Carry around a recycling bag and a rubbish bag with you

Carrying around a rubbish and recycling bag with you while de cluttering makes it easy for you to dispose of unwanted items and also makes everything run smoothly. If you don’t carry around a rubbish and recycling bag with you, there’s a chance that an item you’re planning to throw away would end up not getting thrown out and still remain at your home. Once you’re done de cluttering, throw the rubbish bags in the bins outside and put the recycling bags straight into your boot for a trip to the salvos or vinnies.

2.   Create a list

Since de cluttering is a task that requires tons of discipline, effort and energy, doing something simple such as creating a list can help you tackle problems much easier. List down the areas or rooms in your home that need de cluttering and categorise them according to difficulty. Systematically de clutter all of the listed areas/rooms, starting from the easiest.

3.   Commit a few minutes of your time to complete each task

De cluttering is something that you should be smart about to avoid it not being done or getting too fatigued both physical and mentally. To avoid getting overwhelmed you should commit at least 5 to 15 minutes of your time to complete a particular task or start by de clutter a specific area/room in your home. By working in small increments, the decisions you’ll be making while sorting through and identifying your items will be much better.

4.   Throw away all of the unnecessary items

Unnecessary items are those that are outdated, broken, useless, or borderline unusable, such as old fashion magazines, an ancient mp3 player, expired products, a photo of your ex, etc. They must be put in the rubbish or recycling bag and thrown out of your home. Though you might be rationalising with yourself that the reason why you’re keeping a particular useless item is because you might find a good use for it in the future, or maybe you’re thinking that it has little bit of sentimental value to it, think about why it hasn’t been used for a long time so you would be able to see for yourself why you should throw it away. As much as possible, everything that has no practical use should be thrown out of your home, because they’ll just occupy space and contribute to the pesky clutter in your home.

7.   Be systematic with your de cluttering

Whether you de clutter from top to bottom or from the inside out, doing everything systematically gives you a sense of organisation and helps you finish de cluttering tasks much faster and easier. When you de clutter your home from top to bottom – beginning with the upper floor rooms or the attic, until you work your way down to the garage, rumpus, or living room – it ensures that all areas of your house are de cluttered. And when de cluttering a particular room or area, doing it from the inside out (beginning at the centre space and moving on to the walls or perimeters) will make it easier for you to move around the room/area. Other than that, it can also help you clearly see all of the progress you’ve made.

Use the de cluttering tips listed above to help you restore order in your home and give all of its occupants, especially you, a better quality of life. Also, don’t forget to regularly do your household tasks to prevent another buildup of clutter.