1. Create a Decluttering Checklist
Creating a decluttering checklist will allow you to plan out what gets cleaned first and how long it should take to finish the task at hand. Tackling a decluttering job can be very intimidating. There will be so many things to think about that need to be decluttered, cleaned or thrown away.
2. Take Before and After Photos of a Small Area
Choose one part of your home, like your kitchen counter, and take a photo of a small area. Quickly clean off the items in the photo and take an after photo. Once you see how your home could look, it becomes easier to start decluttering.
3. Use the Three-Box Method
Get three boxes and label them: trash, keep, or re-locate. Enter any home and place each item into one of the following boxes. Don't skip a single item, no matter how significant you may think it is. This will help you identify the rest of the items throughout your home. In the beginning it will be a little challenging but then it will become a lot easier to group the items.
4. View your Home as a First-time Visitor
It's easy to "forget" what your home looks like to a new visitor. Write down your first impression on how cluttered the home is and make changes. Then write down your goal on how you would like your home to look like after it is decluttered and cleaned.
5. Get Professional Help
Most of the time it is best to seek out professional help because the decluttering can be so bad that it can take over a week. There can also be items that need to be thrown away in heavy-duty bags like expired food or animal litter. There are also times where human bio is sitting under most of the clutter and has been there for years. A professional will be able to properly clean, disinfect and discard appropriately.
Bio-One East Irvine has helped many people for years get their homes decluttered and cleaned. Our techs are trained and experienced. If you, a friend or family member needs help with decluttering, don't hesitate to call us!