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Tips for Decluttering your Rental Property

Framingham Woman Decluttering WardrobeWhen clutter starts to pile up, getting rid of it can feel like a difficult task. But if your Framingham rental home is beginning to overflow with clutter, it’s important to take on the challenge right away. The longer you wait, the more clutter is likely to accumulate, making decluttering even more difficult!

Instead of trying to declutter your entire house or apartment all at once, try breaking up your decluttering into smaller chunks. Even if you have just 10 minutes each day, you can start to clear away unsightly clutter a bit at a time. In this way, you can declutter your way toward having the tidy and organized home you want.

Room by Room

One focused approach to decluttering a rental home is to tackle one room at a time. For example, many professional organizers suggest choosing one room in your house to completely clear of clutter. One approach is to create separate bins or boxes for items you need to put away, donate, or throw out. Then, go through and place each piece of clutter in one of the bins.

Anything not in its proper place should go in the “put away” bin while tossing out broken items. Then, empty each bin by either putting the items away, throwing them out or donating them to a local thrift shop. In this way, you can rapidly clear off counters, floors, and tabletops and see visible improvement right away.

Keep it Short and Sweet

Another practical approach to decluttering is to spend just a few minutes at a time decluttering one single space, such as a drawer or cabinet. Using this approach, you first give yourself a time limit, such as 10 minutes. Then, you go through the drawer or cabinet, pulling everything out. Throw away broken or expired items, or donate things you haven’t used in the past year.

It’s always a good idea to go through your pantry, and your medicine cabinet at least once a year and remove any expired or unused items. Be sure to properly dispose of expired medications, as these cannot simply be thrown in the garbage. Countertops are another trouble spot that can be quickly cleared of clutter in just a few minutes.

As soon as you’ve cleared the space, organize and replace the items you are keeping there. This is a great opportunity to create a system for that spice cabinet or group items in your pantry for easier access. Closets may be a bigger task that requires more than 10 minutes, but the same systematic approach will work on them, too. Just be sure to have plenty of boxes or bins handy to collect anything you decide you no longer want and put away clothing items as you go.

A Place for Everything

Keeping your rental home free of clutter is easier if everything you own has a proper place. As we collect things, sometimes we accumulate items that don’t seem to belong anywhere in the house. But to keep clutter under control, it’s important to find a permanent home for your things and return items to their proper place after using them.

If you find that you have too many things for the available space, it may be time to downsize or simplify. Consider donating unused items to a charity or thrift store. Or, if weather permits, you could sell some of your extra stuff online or hold a garage sale. For anything, you can’t bear to let go of, put them neatly in clearly labeled plastic tubs or bins. In this way, you can keep your things – and your home – clean and organized at all times.


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