The Ultimate DIY Guide to Decluttering Your Home

When it comes to organizing and keeping spaces tidy, some people are total naturals. For the rest of us, however, periodic decluttering is absolutely essential. It’s easy to wind up accumulating a ton of stuff you don’t really need over the years. Ultimately, this stuff just winds up taking up space in our home and making things look messy and disorganized.

This can be irritating during everyday life, and it can be an absolute nightmare once it comes time to sell. A thorough decluttering and a solid tidying routine is an essential step when getting your home ready for photos, tours, and appraisals. Here are some of the best tips from Carey Scott for how you can get - and keep - your home in the best possible shape.  

Define Your Goals

Every major home project should start with defining your goals. This will help you define the parameters and scope of your decluttering project, as well as give you a sense of your timeline. After all, different end goals may require very different game plans. For example, if you’re decluttering your home to get it ready for sale and appraisal, you’ll need to move quickly and efficiently. Moreover, in addition to decluttering and cleaning up, you’ll need to make sure each and every appliance, light switch, and feature in the home looks and works at its best.

Conversely, if you’re decluttering to improve your day-to-day experience at home, you may be able to take a more laid-back approach. You might decide to spread your project out over several weekends, giving yourself time to casually figure out which items in your home should stay or go. If you don’t have a particular timeline, this approach can be ideal. It gives you plenty of time to pace yourself and rebuild energy so you don’t get burnt out on the project and give up entirely.

Pick a Keep/Toss Strategy

Decluttering your home on your own requires a specific, consistent strategy. There are several approaches you can take: It’s just a matter of figuring out which approach is best for you. By now, most people have at least a passing familiarity with the Konmari approach to decluttering. This involves systematically going through your home, handling all of your items, and deciding individually what you should - and shouldn’t - keep. This approach also highlights the importance of recognizing the value each item has brought to your life: Even the items you plan to sell, donate, or throw away.  

Although this approach can be great for those who aren’t sure where to start, or those who are bringing a lot of sentiment to the decluttering process, it’s not right for everyone. There are more practical, simpler ways to declutter as well. You might, for example, decide to get rid of any boxes you haven’t unpacked since your last move. You can also simplify things by getting rid of any duplicate, broken, or out-of-date items you have. These are just a few of the decluttering approaches that are out there - investigate the options to get a sense of which will be right for you.

Commit to Maintenance

Finally, remember that the act of decluttering your home is only the beginning. If you don’t commit to maintaining your now-tidied home, it’s bound to wind up in the same state after a matter of time. Spend some time coming up with a consistent, achievable chore schedule you and your household can commit to together.  

Focus on measures that keep your home clean without taking up too much of your day. Doing a little bit each day will be easier - and more effective - than tackling everything all at once after it piles up. With a regular routine, you can keep your space looking and feeling great, whether you’re selling, hosting, or just enjoying life.

Looking for an agent you can trust to handle your home sale? Contact Carey Scott today to get started!

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