Decluttering: When It’s Time and How To Prevent It

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At one time or another, we’ve all stood in front of a mess and thought, “I’ll just get to it later.” But what happens when later never comes? When is the right time to start cleaning up everything you’ve been putting off? And how do you stop your messes from accumulating again in the future? All these questions have simple answers, but they may not always be obvious when you’re in the middle of everything. Here, we’ve put together a guide on decluttering: when it’s time and how to prevent it going forward.

How To Know It’s Time

There are a few ways to know it’s time to declutter your home. The critical point to remember here is not to let these things get you down but to use them as motivation to get your home back on the right track. Here are some signs:

  • You are always organizing your possessions.
    • Organizing is not the same thing as cleaning, unfortunately. If you find that you’re always rearranging your belongings, it’s probably time to get rid of a few things.
  • You keep feeling anxious while at home.
    • Your home should be a place of respite, not stress. Clutter can turn an otherwise relaxing space into a nightmare.
  • You keep losing things.
    • Clutter tends to make it much harder to find what you need when you need it. If you feel like you are always losing things, it could be clutter causing it.
  • You feel embarrassed by the state of your home.
    • Many pack rats aren’t happy with the fact that they have so much clutter. If your home causes you embarrassment, it’s time for a change.

How To Prevent Clutter

Prevention is the real name of the game, and there are a few ways to make it easier on yourself. Decluttering can be a long and stressful process, so it’s best to prevent the need for it in the future. Here are a few things to keep in mind to avoid another cluttered mess:

  • Stop the clutter from becoming a problem by refraining from bringing in more stuff than you absolutely need.
  • Be wary of free stuff and giveaways—they are mostly just there to give you more clutter to deal with.
  • Keep a donation box handy for items that are useful but you no longer need.
  • Catch yourself when you say you’ll “get to it later.” If you can get to it later, you can get to it right then.
  • Designate one area as your zone of cleanliness. Keep this zone completely clean so that, when you need to use it to store stuff, you know that you’re getting to the point of too much clutter again.

If you have items that are no longer serving you, GreenDrop is ready and waiting for anything you want to donate. Our clothing donations drop off center in Laurel, MD, is always open for when the clutter gets to be too much.

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