When you live somewhere long enough, you will realize when you look around that you seem to have a lot of clutter all around you. There are the things you use on a daily basis, and on the other hand, there are a lot of things in your house that you never even look at much less use. Now, we all know that you could get trash happy and just give everything away or throw it all out in the trash bin, but there are so many more steps you can take that will allow you to declutter your house without having to throw everything out. For example, you could rent a self-storage unit in Toa Payoh and put things in storage that you can get to later on. Below, you will find a few tips to declutter your house without necessarily having to get rid of it.
Cardboard cereal and food boxes
Cardboard cereal boxes may hold your favorite treats, but they are just plain ugly and bulky. They can take up a lot of unnecessary space in the cabinets or on the counters. Instead, when you buy snacks or cereal at the store, put them in glass jars or cute plastic containers when you get home. It will keep the space airtight so nothing goes stale and it will add a decorative look to your space as well.
Holiday and birthday cards
Cards are great to get and they make us feel special when they are given to us on birthdays or holidays. However, once the holidays are gone, we tend to shove the cards in drawers or wherever we can find a spot for them and they pile up quickly. To keep this from happening, buy a $10 file box with paper files. Label each file for the year and holiday and you can have a keepsake forever that is organized and contained in one special spot instead of in random drawers around the house.
Don’t hang onto movies
Let’s face it, almost all of the movies that we love watching can be found on one or more of the dozens of streaming services that are available these days. As such, there really is not much of a reason to hold onto the physical copies of the movies as they tend to just clutter up your drawers or the shelf space in your home. Weed out most of the movies that you can watch through a streaming service and just hold onto the ones that are hard to find elsewhere or that really mean a lot to you.
Canned foods, especially vegetables, typically cost less than a dollar per can. People tend to buy a bunch of cans at once and stock up “just in case” they need them. These cans quickly pile up and can take up entire shelves in a cabinet. This causes other things to start spiling out. We rarely use these cans and the food expires. Instead of cluttering your kitchen with food you will never use, only buy canned foods when you plan to use them in a meal and keep maybe 1-2 cans in your cabinet just in case you need something extra.
Clean out your closets
Our closets are one of the most cluttered spaces in our houses and the clutter can happen very fast! Chances are that you have at least a handful of clothes or shoes in your closet that you never wear even though you keep saying you will. You can easily clean out your closet and create more space for new clothes by taking out the old and getting rid of them. You do not have to donate or throw out old clothes. You can sell them online or at a consignment store and get some spending money to use on your next shopping trip.
When you declutter your house, it does not have to be a huge and stressful ordeal, nor does it mean that you have to buy out your local stores of garbage bags to throw everything in your house away. Small changes can make a big difference and will take your house from looking cluttered and disorganized to clean and beautifully minimalistic.