Organizing and Decluttering Your House


Living in a cluttered house can be stressful for many people, but they may not have time to sort through everything and get rid of the items they don’t want.  It can also be overwhelming for many people to sort through years of accumulation.  For many people, they may have attachments to their possessions and have a hard time letting go of them.  However, if you really wish to tackle your clutter, here are a few simple suggestions to help you sort through your belongings and get rid of what you’re not using.

Sorting Out Clothes

You can tackle your wardrobe by trying a simple hanger trick.  Organize your clothes so all of the hangers are facing back to front.  For a six month period, whenever you wear an outfit, hang it back in the closet with the hanger facing back to front.  However, if you try on an outfit, but don’t wear it, hang it back up with the hanger in the opposite direction.  After the time period is over, you may discover you have several outfits you don’t like or wear at all.  Consider donating them to charity.

Clearing Out the Bathroom

Did you know that make-up has an expiration date?  The expiration date is usually stamped on the product or it could be on the packaging, but most make-up only has a shelf life of six months.  Products that are used around the eyes have a shorter lifespan than other types of cosmetics.

Mascaras last only about four months, lotions can last up to 12 months and perfumes are generally good for three years.  If you’ve ever seen a manufacturer’s code on a bottle of perfume, the last number in the code stands for the year it was bottled.  Go through your products and look for the expiration dates and toss anything that you know is old.

Sorting DVDs

If you are a movie buff, you may have quite the movie collection and all of those DVDs can quickly get out of control.  To declutter your family room, remove one DVD for every four or five movies that you keep.  You can do this with your kids video games as well.  Have them pick out the ones they play and get rid of the ones they’ve grown tired of playing.

You can give your video games and DVDs to a charity, pass them on to others that you know will like them or you can make some money by selling them to a pawn shop.  Let your kids keep the money made off the video games and have them save it in a piggy bank.

Decluttering and organizing your house will help ease the stress in your life.  If you need extra storage space for items that you want to keep, but don’t have room for, you can rent a storage unit to get them out of the house and out of your way.  Don’t just throw everything into a unit, sort it first and get rid of stuff you don’t want.