Whether you are working to create a more serene living space, or to stage your home to appeal to a picky buyer, it’s important to begin with getting rid of the clutter that we collect as part of our daily lives. Having clutter is natural, it doesn’t mean you’re a slob or lazy. Just look at the ground in any wooded area. Clutter is simply a part of life. But since we can’t count on a good wind storm to blow away the stuff we have collected or no longer need, here’s a few tips to help reduce clutter in your home:
1. Don’t try to do it all at once. Choose an area that is most irritating to you. The top of your desk in your home office, or that junk drawer in the kitchen.
2. Divide things into three piles, one to keep, one to sell or give away, and one that you just aren’t quite ready to part with. Box the third one up to store away.
3. Take the box to sell or give away and do something with it now! That’s why it’s helpful to have an organizer or stager work with you to make sure that clutter just doesn’t move from a drawer to a closet floor!
Once you have finished, do something to reward yourself. A half an hour on the couch with a good book, a walk in the sunshine or maybe even a manicure!