How to de-clutter and gain your space back

In the spirit of ‘Let It Go Day’ on June 23, it’s the perfect opportunity to let go off some of the clutter you’ve been hanging on to. De-cluttering has many benefits, and in addition to making your home cleaner and more organized, getting rid of excess stuff will actually help you gain some square-footage back at home.

If getting rid of stuff seems a bit overwhelming, here’s a few simple ideas to get you started with de-cluttering:

  • Start small: if you overwhelm yourself from the start, you might be setting yourself up for failure. Start with one room or one area, and just focus on tackling one project at a time. Give yourself time to get through all the rooms in your home, only commit to one each time you schedule de-cluttering.
  • Get rid of one thing per day: a very easy way to start small, is to simply commit to getting rid of one thing every day for a year—that’s 365 less things in your home! You can either trash, donate or sell your items.
  • The 12-12-12 challenge: one de-cluttering idea circling social media this year is the notion of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate to charity and 12 items to be returned to their proper home. A simple task that can get rid of 36 items in a snap.
  • The four box method: this idea incorporates some of the other concepts listed above, but simply speaking, you need four boxes for this de-cluttering trick. Tackle the room you need to de-clutter by taking four boxes designated for the following: trash, give away, keep or relocate. The simple task of organizing things into the bins will already make your job of organization a lot easier once you know where everything is going.
  • Project 333: this is another neat idea we found while scouring the web, this challenge will help you de-clutter your closet in a big way. Keep only 33 articles of clothing—total. The idea is to wear less and donate and restock your 33 items with the seasons. Testimonials from people who have done this task online say you’d be surprised how little you actually need in your wardrobe (and how many bags of clothes you can donate in the process).

If you need to make a little extra money this summer, you can de-clutter and host a garage sale, we’ve got some tips to help you get started.