Nowadays, a quick Google search can lead you to a ton of decluttering tips, and if you're new to living with less, it can be daunting to sort through it all. The key to successful spring cleaning is to take everything back to the basics. To help you out, we've put together five tricks that are effective and easy to follow. Check them out below:
1. Follow a one-in-two-out philosophy. In order to keep your home from overflowing with clutter, make sure to follow a one-in-two-out rule. This means once you have decided to bring something into your space, whether it's clothing, decor or books, you need to make room for it by taking two things out from the same category.
2. Get rid of duplicates without apprehension. This rule is simple -- whenever you have two of the same item, get rid of the other immediately. Keeping two of everything isn't necessary, especially for things like tools and appliances which last a long time. Keep the better duplicate and put the other up for donation.
3. Always put things back where they belong. Yes, it's easier to leave things lying around after use but it is also how clutter builds up. You can avoid long tidying sessions if you don't fail to return things to their proper place. It's great practice for teaching kids to keep their private spaces neat, too!
4. Label everything. Take tidying to a whole new level by stamping a label on everything. This will save you the trouble of having to open every box and check every basket when trying to find something you might want to use. It is also beneficial for items that you don't use all-year round like expensive China and Christmas decor.
5. Evaluate your spending. This may not be the easiest task, but it surely is the most important one. If you find yourself constantly buying things you're not able to maximize, it might be time to take a hard look at your spending. Consider going on a no-buy rule for a month and see if your lifestyle changes drastically.