De-Cluttering in the Age of COVID-19

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As the COVID-19 health crisis continues to evolve, we find ourselves spending more and more time in our homes. Hours and days may seem to pass by a little bit more slowly and it can become a challenge to find things to do to keep yourself busy. 

Prior to this change, our busy schedules often don’t allow us to finish all of the chores and household jobs that need to be done. If you’re looking for new ways to spend your time, while also being productive, think about what you can do in your house. This downtime can be a great opportunity to finally declutter and improve on your home organization.Now that you have the time to get around to organizing your household, where does one even start? Getting your entire house in order can be a daunting task, but Birdie Brennan can help. Continue reading for a number of tips you can use to declutter your home during COVID-19 self-isolation.

1. Keep What You Use

When starting the decluttering process, it’s very important to understand that you do not need to keep everything, as many times there won’t even be room to do so. Your home should ideally be comforting and welcoming, so make sure the things around you are things that you use and love.

When deciding what to keep and what to get rid of, here are a few questions to ask yourself to help you make up your mind:

  • Do I love this item?
  • Do I regularly use this item?
  • Have I used this item in the past 12 months?
  • Will I need it on a definite date or a project in the future?
  • Would it be difficult or expensive to replace this item?
  • Do I value this item as much as the space it takes up? 

If you answered “no” to more than one of those questions, chances are the item is not worth saving. If possible, try donating the item; just because it no longer has value to you does not mean it might not bring value to someone else.

2. It’s Okay to Get Rid of Things

Until we actually start going through our items, it’s very common to forget all that we have. Parting with certain things may be a lot tougher than others. However, don’t forget that you do have permission to give away sentimental objects, collections, or gifts. Giving this type of item away should not make you feel guilty; it’s not personal, you just no longer have the space to store it.

It’s still possible to hold the memory near and dear to your heart without actually keeping the item associated with it. If it helps, take a picture of the item for keepsake purposes before passing it along to someone else who might enjoy it more than you do.

3. Reorganize Efficiently

If you are going to take the time to declutter and reorganize your home, be sure to do it the right way. Staying organized is just as important as getting organized in the first place. After sorting through your items and decluttering, it’s time to find a spot for everything that you have decided to keep.

As you begin the reorganization process, remember to keep similar items together or near each other for future use. The more an item is used, the more accessible it should be. For example, if you utilize something on a daily basis, it should be very easy to get to and put back. Another useful tip is to keep particular items stored close by to where they are typically used.

4. Create a Space for Everything

The simplest way to reduce clutter in a home is to find a specific place for each item to go. By making sure everything has a rightful place, your items will be easier to find and access in the future. Knowing you need a place for everything and actually finding a place for everything are two different things though. Finding a space where each item fits is often easier said than done.

If you’re struggling with where to put things, take some advice from Birdie Brennan, certified professional organizer. Start by working with natural habitats. For example, if you are someone who usually kicks off your shoes, figure out a way to store your shoes neatly on the floor. If you are someone who does not like anything on the floor, try storing your shoes on shelves or cubbies.

5. Contain the Clutter

Another way to create space for your items is by utilizing containers or storage bins and baskets. Available in many sizes and dimensions, there’s almost always an option that can accommodate your organizational needs. 

Use containers to hold similar items and make sure that there is room to grow should you eventually need more space. Make sure the storage containers are easy to get out when needed and easy to put away when finished. With the wide array of material and design options available, this idea can also add color and bring a vitality to a room.

Reach Out to Birdie Brennan Today for More Tips

If you’re looking for more ways to improve your home organization and reduce household clutter, reach out to Birdie Brennan today for additional helpful tips and tricks. Birdie is even offering virtual organizing sessions to help jump start the process. And be sure to check out our blog for more ideas on how to keep busy during this time!