This is a guest post from blogger and cleaning expert, Sury at Only Canister Vacuum. She’s the queen of cleaning tips, tools and tricks and knows everything you could imagine about the world of vacuums. Check out her decluttering tips in her post: Keep or Toss: Your Guide to Cleaning Clutter.
Our homes are often full of items we are not sure we should keep or toss. Clutter creates stress and can be an indication that you may not taking the best care of yourself. Decluttering your home is very important if you truly want to live a healthy and clean life. If you are worried or even confused about clearing out your clutter correctly, follow these 7 tips and you will do a perfect job.
Sort clutter into four boxes:
Using the four box method to sort through your clutter will bring order into your home faster than you’d imagine. One box is for items you want to trash. Second box is for items you want to sell or give away. The third box is for items you want to keep. While the fourth box is for items you are not so sure of. Give yourself a night to sleep on it before deciding to keep or discard the items in this fourth box. You could also write a date on the box, and when the date has come and gone, simply throw everything you have not used away.
Check when you last used it:
Clutter is anything that can be found around your home, which does not add value to your life. By checking when you last used something, you will figure out if you should keep or toss it. 12 to 18 months is usually a good time frame. Anything you haven’t used that long should go. This includes clothing, electric devices, kitchen utensils and gadgets, bathroom items and so on. As long as it is not being utilized, it is simply clutter.
How much do you love it:
Asides from items that are only valuable when they are utilized, there are also items that are worth keeping for their sentimental values. You may love a jug, kettle, stereo or any other item so much because it means something to you. In such a situation, it’s okay to keep the item, so long as it is only a handful of items that you love so much, and not everything else.
See if you can substitute it:
Some items can be substituted, especially kitchen devices. When there is a device or tool that you don’t use often and you know there’s an easy substitute, then you should toss it. A fork can be used to whisk eggs for example, or a wine bottle used as a rolling pin.
If you can’t substitute it, it’s time to give your hidden away items a good cleaning. You’ll need various cleaning products like the best dustbuster of 2017, mop, air freshner etc. to remove the dust thoroughly.
Check for accounting value:
In order to keep a clean accounting record, we often pile up receipts, warranties and so on, hoping that they will one day be of help in one way or the other. The problem though, is that not all of the accumulated pieces of paper are of any value. You have to go through them, and keep those that can be used for tax deduction or warranty purposes, then toss the rest.
Check if it still works:
Electric devices and other complicated gadgets are usually of little value if they don’t work. If any such device still works, and you actually make use of it, then keep it. Else you could try selling them if they still work, or recycling if they are broken.
Check expiration dates:
Food that is still good and clean, can always be eaten. You should check the expiry date of processed foodstuff, including canned, bottled and other types of packaged food. If they are good, then keep them, else, you should toss them.
With the seven tips above, you should be able to sort through the clutter in your home in record time. Decluttering your house and having a simple, clean or minimalist environment, really boosts your overall physical and psychological health. It makes your life simpler, less stressful and is the recommended way of living by many clean, clutter-free people.
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