The minimalistic approach is the newest trend in home design but it doesn't mean we have to get rid of everything. Decluttering a home, whether you are selling or not, can make you feel much better, open up your life a little bit more and make the entire house feel a lot fresher. There are some simple tips to decluttering your house.
Ask yourself some questions. Do we really need to upgrade every tech item when the latest thing comes out? Do we reward hard work with gifts? Do you really need to upgrade or replace things that aren't necessarily broken? It's important to question all of the things you bring into the house to determine if it's a necessity or just a want.
Keep things that spark joy. Decluttering doesn't mean you have to get rid of everything because many things you have, even those without an actual sense of purpose, may just bring you joy. But other things, like something that you bought at a home goods store that you really don't care about, probably should be on its way out.
Take your time. This isn't something that has to be done in a weekend. It shouldn't feel like punishment or a chore. Remove the excess so that you can appreciate things that you want to keep. Going extreme may find you remorseful later on.
Eliminate the "just in case" idea. Don't keep things just in case you might use them at a later date. If you haven't used something for six months it may be time to get rid of it. Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean seasonal and holiday items, but if you haven't worn an outfit for at least a year, chances are you'll never going to wear it.
Decluttering is not just organizing. Decluttering means literally getting rid of things, not just organizing all the things you already have.
Stick to one room at a time. You can easily get overwhelmed when you think of the entire house at once. Start with one room at a time and don't just move things from one room to another.
In one out one policy. Try to adopt this policy where if you bring something new into the house it's time to get rid of something old. This keeps your closets, kitchen appliances, and decorating items down to a minimum.
Whether you are looking to sell your house or not, decluttering does so much for your life. Amazing how freeing it feels and not only do you feel good emotionally, but your house looks better too. Remember, anytime you're considering selling your Portland or Vancouver home give us a call to find out what it's worth today.