Spring came and went. Now summer is almost over, and it seems like you didn't get all the clutter out when you took care of the dust bunnies. If you can relate, you are not alone. Homes across America are filled with more clutter than we know what to do with. Our real estate agents can relate and recommend these five ideas for decluttering your home before the leaves start to fall.
- Take it 10 Minutes at a Time
No one wants to spend all day cleaning out clutter. It's tiresome and exhausting. Instead of dedicating a whole day to the task, all you have to do is dedicate 10 minutes. It will feel like less of a chore if you break it into little bites. Moreover, as one drawer becomes one closet, and one closet becomes one room, you will build momentum as you see your efforts start to bear fruit.
- Give it Away or Sell it Off
As you start the decluttering process, designate an area in an unused room or your garage where you can put unused items that you are ready to get rid of. Start two piles, one for donations, and one for things you think you could sell at a garage sale. When the piles are large enough, host a garage sale. Sell what you can and donate what's leftover.
- Use the "Call a Friend" Option
You may not become a millionaire by cleaning out the clutter, but you will sure feel like a million bucks when you are done. One of the fastest ways to get the job done is to enlist family and friends' help. This is especially helpful if you have large or heavy objects you need to get out of the house.
- Go Wild with Recycling
Practically everything in your home is recyclable. Clothing, old newspapers, magazines, and even the unworn shoes in the closet can be recycled. A few minutes on Google and a few phone calls later, you can find plenty of options for recycling the unused clutter in your home. It is a great way to get rid of these once prized items while helping to protect the environment at the same time.
- Keep Score
Make decluttering a game for the whole family. Set aside a corner of a room and create a designated space where each family member can put their clutter. Each item put into the pile counts for one point. At the end of the week, tally up the points, dispose of the clutter in one go, and give a prize to the winner. Next week? Start the process all over again and keep going until the house is clutter-free.
There are some amazing clutter-free Cedar Rapids homes for sale right now that our team would love to show you. Contact us to schedule a showing of homes for sale in the area.