When our homes are short on storage and its occupants are short on time, life can get chaotic pretty quickly.

Finding a balance between beloved possessions and clutter can seem challenging, but it’s possible to stay neat without sacrificing treasures.

If you need some inspiration for decluttering, here are some tips and tricks to get you started.

Clear It Out

The task of decluttering can be overwhelming when we don’t know where to begin, but thankfully, that’s the hardest step.

A big part of the process is deciding what we need in our homes, what we want, and what we’re simply holding onto for some reason.

If you’re hesitant about losing objects tied to precious memories, then consider creating a digital photo album to preserve nostalgia without the clutter.

Go room by room and sort your things into piles of keeps, maybes, and donations.

Fortunately, you can donate to charities, and that includes more than just gently used clothing. Many of these organizations take all sorts of household goods, so look through all your belongings with a fine-tooth comb.

Keep a Schedule

Cleaning can often seem intimidating. By breaking things into chunks, however, our jobs can become much easier and more manageable. Having a spotless home just isn’t possible, but by knowing which rooms are most important, you can create a schedule. Build a routine and involve the whole family by assigning both daily and weekly tasks. For instance, dedicate an hour on Sunday where everyone cleans a specific room while blasting music to make chores fun. This way, no one person works harder than another, and the whole house sees the benefit.

Tidy as You Go

It’s easy to throw things down when we get home after a long day of work because we don’t have the energy for much else.

That is a fast track to clutter and chaos, so counter those habits by assigning “homes” for each of your possessions, especially ones you use daily.

Try to keep similar items together, such as stationary with envelopes and stamps, and gloves near coats.

This not only makes it faster to find stuff, but it also makes it a breeze to store them when the time comes. Put things away whenever you leave a room, even if it’s just going to get a glass of water. Doing so prevents pile-ups, which can become intimidating as they grow.

Create Storage

When you have a tiny property, finding space can be a real challenge. Thankfully, there are ways to get organized without breaking the bank.

One such place we usually take for granted is beneath the bed, yet it can hold enough room for containers like rolling drawers, wicker baskets, and trunks.

An old wooden crate can hold books or knick-knacks while serving as an ottoman, and walls can help your storage go vertical. Think about the layout of each room and adapt your strategy to make it work to the best of your abilities.

Make Furniture Do Double Duty

We typically need every piece of furniture we have, but not all at once. Often, those pieces we need later get in the way now, like a dining room table or even our beds.

Luckily, we can make furniture pull their weight by doing double duty. A folding wall table can be a picture frame during the day and a place to eat dinner at night.

You can buy or make expandable coffee tables to store things you don’t use frequently but still need, like sewing goods or art supplies. Look at the configuration of your rooms and see what will work best for you.

This may seem like a good deal of work, but once you find a rhythm, it will become second nature.

No matter how small your home, you can keep it organized and stress-free.

Your house should be a refuge, and knowing how to work with what you have is the first step toward achieving that goal and enjoying what you have.

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