Cleaning your home is one of the most tiring chore anyone can do this summer. Despite having the best home appliances in the Philippines– washing machine, vacuum, and other cleaning appliances–these will not fully help you in successfully tidying up all the clutter that have piled up during the last years.
However, there are several techniques and guidelines that may help you to clean and tidy up your home without the need of cleaning appliances. Interested? Keep on reading!
Declutter in Small, Focused Bursts
If you are thinking that you will clean all your mess in a day or two, well you are wrong. The truth is that it will take some time to tidy and let go all your clutter. For this reason, create a plan and target specific areas that you want to declutter, clean up, and organize. For instance, you can focus on one room and start on tidying it. After that, go to the next room and clean it up. By practicing this habit, you are ensured that you will be successful in decluttering your home one by one. In addition, this habit will also prevent you to burst in frustration and high-running emotions that may result in throwing things that you should not heave in the first place.
Utility First, Followed by the Sentimental Value
In reality, we are easily attached to people. The same thing goes to the things we own.Maybe you have that bag way back when you were still a kid, or maybe your best friend gave you that distressed watch when you were in high school. That’s normal. However, there are some things that you should let go, not to move on, but to make space for something better.
When you are decluttering your room and see these things, ask yourself these questions to help you decide whether you should keep it or it is time to let go.
- “What does this item do for me that nothing else does?”
- “Do I have anything else that does this better, or at least does something else as well?”
- “Does this have sentimental meaning to me?”
When you have successfully applied these questions, you will find out how easy it is to choose whether you should keep something or to just let it go.
Remember to Use the Four Box Method
Are you familiar with the “Keep/Donate/Toss” method?The four box method is similar to that method, but instead of three boxes, you will be using four: Keep/ Sell and Donate/Store/Trash.Now let me explain these boxes more thoroughly.
§ Keep are the items that you need in a regular basis.
§ Sell and Donate are the things that you will sell in eBay or Amazon and the items that will go to your favorite charity.
§ Store are the items that don’t have a vital part in your daily life, but they are need to be stored.
§ Trash are the things that you need to let go such as papers and broken things that can’t be repaired anymore.
By doing this, you will have a clearer view on what to keep, sell, donate, store, and keep. In addition, you will be knowledgeable in segregating things.
Don’t Be Seduced by Gadgets and Containers
After decluttering the unimportant stuff, it is time that you limit your purchasing. When you limit yourself in buying nonsense things, then you will be able to maintain the cleanliness of your room and home. This will also benefit you in the long run since you will be able to save money.
Make It a Habit to Organize
When you have successfully finished cleaning and decluttering your home, don’t forget to organize your stuff so that your home will look more refreshing. Make it a habit to organize your stuff regularly to prevent and avoid clutters to pile up again in your place.
Decluttering your room, home, or your personal space entails a lot of time and effort. This is why you should practice cleaning and organizing as early as now in order to help you to make your home more refreshing and cozy.
About the author:
Katrina is your average gal living inside the metro who has passion for writing, travel and photography. She admires nature at its finest and always wanted to become one of them. Dreaming to have the Cinderella life one day, humming with the birds, dancing with the clouds.