Saturday, May 5, 2012

{Guest Post} Decluttering Tips

I’ll admit, I have a pretty bad habit of collecting random items and knickknacks. From film festivals, concerts, and even picking up the community newspaper on the street, these items always end up somewhere in my apartment. As a college student, it’s so easy to let my apartment turn into a cluttered mess. You may have the same problem as well. From junk mail to newspapers and magazines, cluttering your home is a pretty fast process. Having done it many times, let me share some decluttering tips from my own experience.

Start off small. Thinking that you will have finished decluttering your living space in one swoop may be a bit naive. Decluttering should be a steady process that will take a bit of time. Start in one corner of your home and move around. Don’t take off too much time to clean if you have other things to do. While you’re waiting for water to boil, clear out a counter. Finding those sweet spots of time to clean is key.

Dance! If you plan on decluttering for an extended period of time, play some music! It will definitely energize you and make this process go by a lot faster. Some fast dance music will definitely set the mood and make it less miserable. Warning: Try not to put slow music as your pace might slow down with the music.

Storage, maybe? For those particularly bulky items, storage might be something you want to consider. Or if you’re like me, you might want to save a few of those brochures from that music festival you attended a couple of years ago. Think about renting self-storage. It’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely an option to help make your home more open and clean.

Do you have any decluttering tips? Please share them through the comments!

Joseph Ver is part of the SpareFoot marketing team. SpareFoot storage finder can help you find the best deal and location for your future storage unit!


  1. Most of us has probably experienced going through this (finding random objects in your room or home) as well as the experience of needing to clean up after you find a heap of useless knickknacks. These habits are hard to change, but there are new habits that we can have to help lighten the load. Thank you for sharing these tips!


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