A messy house is a no-no. It doesn’t only leave bad impressions on your guests. Apparently, the state of your home can also affect your overall health. It can affect your physical health and can even impact your mood.
Hence, it’s a must that you keep your home as neat and clean as possible. One of the ways to do that is to declutter first. Here are some tips to do that and how you can keep it that way.

Get Rid of the Items You Don’t Need

One of the first steps to decluttering your home is, of course, getting rid of the items that you don’t need anymore. This will help you have more space in your storage and clear your home from unnecessary items that are just making your home look messy.
There are several ways you can get rid of the items you don’t use. One of them is to take on the 12-12-12 challenge. For starters, you need to find 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to put back in your storage.
You can also do it Marie Kondo way - and that is keeping the items that bring you joy. If a top doesn’t make you feel comfortable and happy anymore, it’s time to throw it out. Remember, your clothes are meant to fit you; not the other way around.

Organize What’s Left

One of the common mistakes that many homeowners do is they buy organizers first before decluttering. This method would only add more clutter to your space, especially if you bought too many organizers you don’t actually need.
What you should do instead is to get rid of the things you don’t use first. Then, that’s the only time you should add storage and buy organizers. With this, organizing your stuff will be easier.
As a result, you’ll not only be able to save space but you can also save your money from purchasing unnecessary organizers. Besides, you might even find stuff that you can turn into an organizer, helping you save more money too.

Out Away Your Stuff

Homes get cluttered easily when people don’t know how to put away their stuff. This only makes the mess pile up, leaving you with more stuff to clean. Additionally, this makes it harder for anyone in your household to find the stuff they’re looking for.
To keep your space free from clutter and to make sure that it stays that way, one of the solutions you can do is make it a habit to put your things away right after you use them instead of putting them down on your tables or countertops. This will also help you find your stuff faster as they stay right where they should be.

Decant Your Groceries

Your groceries can also make your home look cluttered. So, when buying them, consider decanting them - from your spices, biscuits, and even cleaning products. You might think this is a bit extra and is time-consuming at first. But, trust the process. 
Yes, it may require some effort but decanting your food and cleaning products will help you make your home more organized. It will also help you see when you run out of supplies, so you won’t forget to buy them on your next trip to the grocery store. The best part of it is that it can also help you enhance your home’s aesthetics.

Clean As You Go

It’s so easy to make a pass on your cleaning chore, especially if the items you used, such as your chair and tables, didn’t get stained after using. But, if you want to make your home clean and keep it that way, it’s important to practice cleaning the things you used right away even if you don’t see any stains on them.
This way, you can prevent dirt and grime from accumulating. And over time, you won’t need to deal with stubborn build-ups on your furniture.

Think Before You Buy

Last but not the least, always think about an item first before you purchase it. Sometimes, people tend to impulsively buy things they don’t even need, especially when there’s a huge sale as many shoppers think that discounts can help them save more money. But, in reality, they don’t need the items and they’re only adding more clutter to their home.
So, before you buy something, ask yourself first if you really need that item. If so, how many times will you use it? As for clothing items, how versatile is it and will it be easy to mix and match with your old clothes? And will it last long?
Adding items to your home can be exciting, especially nowadays that shopping has become a lot easier online. But whatever you do, make sure it won’t add mere clutter to your home.


Daria Brown