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13 Tips for Purging House Clutter That You Need to Know

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Purging house clutter can be an intimidating task. Especially when you have so many rooms and so much stuff. Let me teach you how to purge your house of junk, how to find motivation to purge clutter and how to purge clutter fast.

I have always been one who didn’t want to throw things away, especially if I paid for them and especially if they were still in good condition. I always felt like I was throwing money out the window.

I would justify keeping things (that I really didn’t need) by saying things to myself like:

  • This is like brand new. I can’t just throw it away.
  • We might need this someday.
  • I want to read those magazines when I get time.

Truth be told, that time would NEVER present itself. And so, I would be left with a mountain of magazines that were still in the plastic – along with closets full of stuffI would use “someday.”

At one time I was wondering if I was a pack rat. Or worse, was I turning into a hoarder?!

My husband on the other hand takes a completely different approach. He’s ruthless when it comes to decluttering.

He is quick to toss things that he knows we do not use or need. And for that, I am thankful.

I didn’t know how good it could feel getting rid of clutter in your life.

I remember our first decluttering session. We went through each room in the house, one at a time. And he helped me to stop rationalizing why I needed to keep these things that were taking up so much space in my house and my mind.

Now, I am going to fill you in on all the decluttering tips for home that I have learned from someone who knows how to simplify belongings and purge household clutter like a boss.

How to Find Motivation to Declutter

Having open spaces and clear counter tops can make you feel unburdened and relaxed. But for some, this isn’t enough motivation to get started with a good clutter purge. Especially if you’re overwhelmed by the mess.

If you’re at the point of thinking, “My house is so cluttered I don’t know where to start,” here are some declutter motivation tips to help you get started.

Focus on Your “Why”

Like any other goal you might have for yourself, you should always keep your reason why at the front of your mind.

Maybe you have a big event planned to be held at your home. You might want to get new furniture, but you don’t have a place to put it with all the clutter. Or maybe you are disgusted with the way your home looks or makes you feel.

Whatever your reason for purging your clutter, keeping your “why” in focus will help you push through those doubts and the fear of tackling such a big mess.

Crank up the Tunes

Music has been proven to improve mood, help with focus and lower stress levels. All of which you need if you are about to tackle a house full of clutter.

For me, popping in my earbuds and listening to my favorite station on Pandora helps me to get energized and focused on what I need to do next.

Just Start Somewhere

Yes, a house full of clutter is overwhelming. And yes, the thought of purging (getting rid of) all that stuff is intimidating. But you have to start somewhere.

Let me just tell you, once you have that first room down, that will be motivation enough to keep you going.

Invite Someone Over

I’m sure you’re familiar with the memes on Facebook about how quick you can clean your house when you know you have company coming over. And it’s true.

I’ve been there – procrastinating cleaning and getting rid of the clutter for weeks. Then, a friend tells you they are swinging by to see you for a bit – and it’s on!

You start scrambling to clear out all the clutter. Finally putting away those clothes that have been on the couch for two weeks and organizing everything.

So, instead of waiting for company to call you, call them instead. Plan a fun game night with friends or family dinner to help you get motivated.

Watch an Episode of “Hoarders”

If you haven’t watched the show “Hoarders,” you are in for a treat. This isn’t something I would watch on a regular basis. But, if you need some motivation, this is a good place to start.

It will make you rethink how you approach clutter in your home and show you how hoarding unnecessary things can affect your life.

Related: How to Get Motivated to Clean House On the Weekend

How to Purge Your House of Junk Fast

Now, you would think getting rid of things you don’t need would be easy. But for some, it is easy to become emotionally attached to their stuff. You know – sentimental value.

In order to overcome the emotions and procrastination behind hoarding clutter, follow these simple instructions. This is the quickest way to get rid of clutter.

Make a Plan

Before even picking up a trash bag, you need to have a plan for what you will do with all the clutter you remove from your home. Here are some options for you:

For the stuff you don’t want to trash…

  • Have a garage sale.
  • Donate to a family in need.
  • Take it to the local Goodwill donation drop off.
  • Find a consignment shop nearby. (You might make a few bucks!)

For the trash, you need to determine whether or not your garbage can is large enough to accommodate it all.

If you know you’ll have an abundance of trash, you should probably purge your house clutter on a day you know the city dump is open. And have a plan for how to get it there.

Create a System

Before you start, you also need some type of organization system so you can be purging and organizing at the same time.

I suggest finding some cardboard boxes and label them according to your plans for all the clutter. Things like:

  • Garage Sale
  • Donation
  • Consignment
  • Trash

Having this organization in place prior to starting will make it easier for you to make a decision quickly and prevent you from over-analyzing.

Set a Timer

Setting a timer is another great way to ensure you don’t spend too much time thinking about whether you want to keep something or give it away.

If you’re purging your entire house in a day or a weekend, set a timer for each room you tackle. When the timer goes off, move to the next room.

Start in Main Living Areas

The main living areas in a home tend to be the largest rooms in the house. The space will already be more open than a bedroom or bathroom, and it will make it easier for you to focus on the clutter that needs to be removed.

Also, when you walk into a clean and clutter free living space, it can make you feel like your house is in order. (Regardless of what the rest of the house looks like.) This will inspire motivation for tackling the rest of the house, as well.

Throw Away Obvious Trash

When you get started decluttering, the very first thing you should do is trash the obvious garbage. Magazines you will never read, paper plates your kids left lying around, unopened junk mail – this is all obvious trash.

Do this first and you will already feel accomplished.

Clear Visible Surfaces First

Instead of trying to tackle that junk drawer or closet with years worth of junk in it, start by clearing visible surfaces first – superficial clutter.

Whatever room you start in, begin by removing items on visible surfaces that belong in another room. Take those cups to the kitchen. Put those dirty clothes in the laundry room. And put take the toys back to the playroom.

Be Ruthless

If you want to truly purge the clutter from your home, you have to stop procrastinating and stop trying to rationalize keeping things that aren’t necessary.

As you work through each room, force yourself to make a decision now. Don’t take time to sleep on it, or you will end up with a big pile of stuff that you might use someday. In other words, you won’t by any closer to a clutter-free home than when you started.

A good rule of thumb is, if you haven’t used it in the last 12 months, toss it.

Save Cleaning for Last

If you get caught up in cleaning everything as you go, you will waste a lot of time. Stay focused on the specific task at hand – purging house cutter.

It will be much more time efficient if you remove all the junk first, then do all the cleaning at one time. It will also ensure you don’t use cleaning as a way to procrastinate getting rid of the clutter.

Become Clutter FREE

As life goes on, we all tend to accumulate stuff. Every once in a while you will have to complete a clutter purge. But if you follow these steps, you will end up with a clutter-free home that makes you feel at ease when you walk in the door.

No more feeling overwhelmed by the mess.

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Purging house clutter can be an intimidating task. Especially when you have so many rooms and so much stuff. Let me teach you how to purge your house of junk, how to find motivation to purge clutter and how to purge clutter fast.
Purging house clutter can be an intimidating task. Especially when you have so many rooms and so much stuff. Let me teach you how to purge your house of junk, how to find motivation to purge clutter and how to purge clutter fast.

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