Thinking about spring cleaning may be intimidating, especially if you have an overstuffed room (or two or three). We all have that one room where we keep everything we don’t know what to do with or that accumulates after the holidays and has nowhere to reside permanently. There’s also the day-to-day muck that comes with, well, life.
We’ve got some pointers on how to organize a room with too many things so you don’t feel overwhelmed by the task. We’re not saying it’s the most enjoyable way to spend a Saturday, but getting everything put away may give you a feeling of achievement and decrease future tension. Here are some suggestions to get you started.
How can you declutter a space that has everything?
Invest in appropriate storage.
First, make sure you have the proper equipment for the job. If you intend to pack your belongings, you will require storage containers or boxes. If you decide to use boxes, make sure you have packing tape, packing paper for anything breakable, and a permanent marker to label each box so you know what’s inside in the future.
Take on the project in stages.
If you want to handle various places in your house, start with one room at a time until it’s totally finished. Then on to the next one. Otherwise, the mess will spread to other areas of the house, making you feel even more overwhelmed.
Sort in a systematic manner.
The next step is to sort everything into piles. We prefer to make Toss, Keep, Donate, and Store labels to assist categorize what you’ll be doing with the goods. Then, work on one box or area at a time, putting everything in the room into one of these four piles.
Once you’ve sorted everything (which takes the most time), you may remove the garbage pile, giving you more room to work. Then, load the donated goods into your car and drive to the nearest Goodwill or another donation center to get them out of the room.
The store pile can be carefully put up in storage bins and stored in the storage room. Make certain that the heaviest boxes are at the bottom. Finally, the objects you’ve selected to keep must find a permanent home in your home. Make sure everything has a home and a function, otherwise you’ll wind up with more stacks where they don’t belong.
How can I keep my space organized without being overwhelmed?
We understand that most individuals dislike spring cleaning. Instead of worrying about it for weeks, select a day when you don’t have anything scheduled and commit to the task until it’s finished.
It’s natural to feel apprehensive when you just have an hour to complete a four-hour assignment, but don’t set yourself up for failure. As previously said, taking one room at a time will allow you to see your hard work pay off.
Allow yourself the grace to gently determine if an item will be saved, stored, or thrown out if some of the objects you need to go through are tough or emotional. It’s difficult to browse through personal possessions since they might evoke memories, so be attentive and gentle with yourself.
If you have a lot of things and no place to put them, you might want to consider renting a storage container. They are not expensive and might be useful if you reside in an area with few storage options.
In addition, unlike most garages, you may choose a temperature-controlled unit, giving you peace of mind that your belongings will be warm and dry. This is also a fantastic alternative if you plan to move soon and need to get your property show-ready, especially if you have larger items like furniture cluttering your home.
The Bottom Line
Finally, once you’ve finished decluttering, make it a habit to clean the space on a regular basis. If you don’t, you risk sliding back into old routines and allowing things to pile up again. You now have more room that was previously occupied by clutter and garbage. Convert the room into a reading nook or home office, and enjoy the results. You worked really hard for it!