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Spring Cleaning: Getting Rid of Clutter in Your Home

by CustomHomes on Monday, May 22, 2017

DeclutterIt’s spring time, and homeowners everywhere are realizing that junk has stacked up this winter. Teachers have piles of ungraded papers, parents have scattered forgotten children’s’ toys, and working stiffs have mounds of unopened junk mail. Fervently neat homes become littered with these stacks of miscellaneous odds and ends; leaving their homeowners feeling helpless.

Daunting as it may seem, battling the tchotchkes that slowly eat your home can be done. Here are some helpful tips to reclaim your home and keep it for good!

Where Does Your Clutter Gather?

Identifying your go-to clutter areas is the first step towards establishing an annual spring cleaning routine. For example, where in your home do you head after picking up the mail? Do you have a favorite end table in the entryway? Or perhaps the kitchen counter? Neither of these need to be bastions for that unopened mail.

Often, clutter results from the various everyday tasks we leave abandoned about the house. Instead of going through the mail, we may become distracted by something more fun. Sometimes unfavorable mail may spark immediate attention. Over time, we form habits to release us from the everyday mail obligation.The kitchen counter will always accept the unwanted letters – unless you find a more appropriate solution.

Fun Habits Make Clean Homes

Establishing replacement habits is the second stage of clutter-busting. Mail in hand, mindfully step over the threshold and hesitate before letting it drop on the counter. Sort it, placing anything important that must be attended to into an organized, labeled, container. Everything else can promptly be recycled. Keep it interesting! Leave little notes for yourself at the hotspots as a reminder. Get creative: signs that say “the counter is made of lava” are a fun way to eliminate clutter without being too hard on yourself.

Minimizing Potential Clutter

These steps can be refined and adapted for any hotspot to prevent. But what about the remnants? The book that you always meant to read sitting on the back of the toilet? You could put it away, but alternately, do you really need it? Taking a good hard look at your belongings is a crucial part of spring cleaning. This stage is all about ridding your home of the things you could do without.

When you just can’t decide, there are a few tricks that can simplify the process. For instance, asking your partner or a friend to pare down for you. It may be tough, but others are always more willing to part with your things than you are. Another tactic is to ask yourself how many months have gone by without using the particular items on the chopping block. A good rule of thumb is: if you haven’t used it in a year, chuck it. If it has sentimental value “take a picture it’ll last longer.” It also takes up significantly less space.

Maintaining these steps should maintain your clutter-free home. So next year, you can spend spring outside instead of cooped up!

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com