Decluttering Tips

May 15th, 2013 by

Decluttering can be a quick and easy way to create a healthy environment at home or at the office. Home and business owners who feel overwhelmed with the amount of clutter in their living and work spaces can rest easier thanks to Address Our Mess clutter cleaning services.

A handy list of 3 Decluttering Tips has been compiled by Address Our Mess’ highly-trained, certified staff of technicians. This guide is designed to help anyone with a little (or a lot) of clutter to get organized, get sorted, and get clean.

Decluttering Tips

Invest 15 Minutes Every Day

One may look at their cluttered home and feel the huge weight of burden from every item in every room. It seems easier to say, “I’ll start tomorrow… this weekend… next month.” When in reality, there is not a better time than now to start the decluttering process.

Devoting 15 minutes a day, every day, to cleaning your clutter is the first step in a process that will produce amazing results. You may wonder, “Where do I start?” Pick a room. ANY room. Fully commit to the decluttering process by setting reasonable goals and staying focused. Stay motivated by keeping calm, cleaning with a partner, whistling while you work and keeping it fun. Open windows and doors and let in the fresh air.

By focusing for 15 minutes a day on one room at a time, the clutter will disappear. Don’t give up! And remember: it’s all about respect. Respect for yourself and respect for your prized possessions.

Stop Taking in New Things

This idea may seem easy. However, it’s easier said than done. Sometimes, buying or acquiring new things makes us feel accomplished and happy. It’s important to remember that the new things being brought in will not have a proper place in the home or office if they are buried beneath stacks and mounds of clutter.

Remember, it is all about quality, not quantity. Now is the time to start appreciating every single item in your home or office. By spending more time admiring and utilizing the things you already have, you will realize that you do not need nearly as many new things as you thought.

Treat new possessions like rewards. By setting realistic and attainable goals, like decluttering your entire home, you can reward yourself by buying a new item. By working harder for these rewards you will inherently work harder at keeping a clean home to proudly display your rewards.

A good rule of thumb to use when taking in new items is, “One in, two out.” For every new item introduced to your home or office, throw away or donate two items.


Donating to charitable causes is not only a great way to declutter, it is also a great way to give back to the community.

Why donate to a worthy cause? For starters, there are 17 million children in the United States alone that go to bed hungry on a daily basis. On top of 7 out of every 100 adults who are not employed, unused items buried in piles in a cluttered home can find better use in the hands of those who need it most.

Decluttering does not have to be an overwhelming undertaking. By keeping these three tips in mind, home and business owners will be able to create a happier, healthier place to live and work.  For more severe clutter or hoarding problems, refer to the Hoarders Do’s and Don’t Guide.

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Specializing in hoarding cleanup, clutter cleaning, industrial cleanup, commercial heavy duty clean up and other cleaning services.