If you’ve been living in the same house for say 10+ years, it’s only natural to accumulate a lot of “stuff.” While it might seem like an impossible task to clean out your cluttered abode all at once, it doesn’t have to be! We will discuss some of the most effective techniques for cleaning a house full of junk walking you through the essential steps that will help you make your hyper-cluttered home feel less cluttered and more organized. These tips from Classic Cleanouts can help and make it easier to stay on track as you tackle one room at a time.
Plan Your Home Cleanout
It’s important to make a plan, thus helping you stay on task and keep yourself from getting overwhelmed. Take an honest look around your house by looking into each room to see the items you don’t use anymore or no longer need. Jot down the rooms as you go along and make a list of the things you’d like to get rid of; note the things that need a little bit of work, for instance, is there anything you want to fix up, sell or give away? Are there pieces of furniture that could use some paint? If so, make a note of what needs to be done before you can give it away.
Gather Your Supplies
Gather up your supplies once you’re ready to start the project. These will include trash bags and boxes, which you can use for your giveaways and donations. You’ll also want to have a few pairs of work gloves on hand, as well as some strong cleaning products, such as Pine-Sol or Clorox Cleaning Solutions.
Declutter Your Closet
It is worth taking the time to declutter your home; even if it’s just little by little, we recommend starting with your closet full of junk that clutters very quickly. Make sure you get rid of all of your old clothes, shoes, and other accessories that you no longer need or wear. If you don’t use it, let it go.
Create a Donation Bin
Like most people, you will have some items that you don’t want to get rid of or sell on eBay or Craigslist. You can store those items in a donation bin to keep in your home. You’ll already have a bin full of donation items ready to go! That way, if a good cause ever comes up or you see an item that you want to donate, you won’t have to spend time sorting through all of the clutter.
Group Items Together
An easy way to get rid of unwanted items is to group them in one spot. By grouping items together, such as toys, magazines, or bags of clothing, you can quickly sort the items into donation boxes, garbage bags, or a storage bin. This way, you don’t have to dig through a closet to find an item that you need. You can keep the items together in one place, and it will be easier for you to maintain a workable organizing system.
Take Out the Trash
A house full of junk is inevitable once it becomes a garbage dump so if you have garbage, get rid of it. It can be challenging for some people to do that because they think their stuff is valuable. There is no reason for holding onto a couch or chair because it is busted or broken as you won’t get money for those items while they can just be thrown out. Hiring a dumpster-rental company is relatively inexpensive and can be a good investment. If you don’t have the money to get rid of your junk, donate it! Most places will accept large items of junk, furniture included.
Organize What Remains
Organizing is vital to keeping your home clean and clutter-free. If you want your home to remain organized, you must make a habit of putting things away as soon as possible; this will help prevent clutter from building up and being overwhelming. Organize what remains after cleaning the room and taking out the trash.
With the above tips, you can get started on your house full of junk today. Always be prepared with a supply of trash bags and boxes for donations. You can also save yourself some time and organize your belongings into groups before beginning, making it easier for you to sort through and get rid of any unwanted items. Remember, the important thing is that you stay on track!