Did you know that the average American spends $18,000 on non-essential items? Everyone has some “junk” in their homes, but just the thought of giving it away makes them emotional.
Research shows that clutter can have a cumulative effect on the human brain. Our brains are designed to work in an orderly fashion, which is why seeing clutter or a disorganized space can drain your cognitive resources and focus. In short, the mess leads to stress.
Here are some ways you can declutter your home for the New Year:
1. Set A Goal
With so many things lying around, you might be overwhelmed and confused about where you should begin the decluttering process.
The first thing you should do is set a goal checklist. Take a look around your house and determine which rooms or regions require the most effort or least effort. We suggest starting with smaller portions first because as you keep cleaning them, you’ll gain a sense of accomplishment, motivating you to keep at it.
Remember, this doesn’t have to be a one day task (unless you’re moving on short notice). Take your time; slow and steady wins the race.
2. Make A Decision
Now that you’ve selected a room to target, it’s time to make some important decisions. You might see a pair of shoes that you’ve never worn in years but immediately get withdrawal symptoms when you think of giving them away. This is completely normal in a decluttering process; you just have to keep going.
A fun way to go about this is by doing the 12-12-12 challenge. This challenge went viral over social media and has helped several homeowners become minimalists. All you have to do is make three piles, one to dispose (or recycle), one to donate, and the other to keep. Each pile should have 12 items each. This way, you’ll prioritize the most important thing to keep and get rid of the rest responsibly.
3. Click Some Pictures
If you find your motivation level decreasing during the process, a picture is a quick way to boost it. Before cleaning a space, click a picture. Then, begin your decluttering and click an after picture. Seeing major differences between the two pictures will give you more clarity on the purpose of this process. You’ll know what your end goal is and will work toward it with enthusiasm.
4. Sort Out Your Piles
Once you’ve made your donation or recycling piles, it’s time to decide where they should go. There are tons of local charities in Orange County that accept clothes, shoes, books, and even electronics. This way, you’ll know that you’re prized possessions aren’t going into a dumpster and being put to good use elsewhere.
For recycling, it’s best to call in the professionals as they’ll give you a better idea of what items can be recycled. This way, none of your items are piling up in landfills and contributing to any pollution.
If you have some fairly new or never used items, you can even have a mini garage sale and make some money out of it.
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As one of the leading junk removal companies, we offer professional junk removal services for residential and commercial properties. We’ll make the decluttering process easier by handling all aspects of junk removal, including recycling.