When you're living in a sizable space, it can be tough to visualize just how many things you own. But when it comes time to move to a new home, or find that one thing you need but haven't seen in months, the reality will sink in: you've got too much stuff.
You may not be a hoarder, but having a mess of things you don't really use cluttering up your home will slowly eat away at your comfort. And while cleaning is no one's idea of fun, making one big push to clear and organize everything will pay off huge dividends in the long run.
Edit Down Your Wardrobe
We're willing to bet that you've got a lot of clothes, but not a lot of clothes that you wear often.
That sweater you only keep around because you got it as a gift and feel bad getting rid of it? Get rid of it anyway. A shirt that you thought looked great five years ago, but doesn't quite fit your current style? Out it goes. The jeans that you don't like the fit of, and aren't worth tailoring? So long.
We're not saying you need to get rid of everything except for your favorites, but be aggressive. Your personal style will only increase if you're spending more time in clothes you really love, instead of tossing on stuff you don't really dig but don't want to throw out. Donate the clothes you don't want anymore, then enjoy a cleaner, more streamlined closet.
Use a Utility Roll
Everyone has that one drawer that's an absolute mess, even if the rest of the place is immaculately curated.
Whether it's those miscellaneous kitchen tool you've ever picked up and almost never use, random tools for building furniture and fixing leaks, or your dresser's collection of small outfit add-ons like watch straps and tie bars, it becomes a jumble that you have to dig through each time you need to find something. If you remembered to put whatever you're looking for back there at all.
An easier solution: stow it all in a tool roll rather than letting everything collect into a black hole of clutter. You'll be able to easily grab what you need, and you won't run the risk of losing things to the depths of the drawer.
Clean the Closets
Be honest with yourself: do you really need that strand of Christmas lights that only lights up halfway? Or every blue plastic bag you've ever gotten from IKEA? Your closets likely need a thorough clean out.
If you forgot it was in there, you probably don't need it. That goes for old appliances, random home goods, off-season clothes that you never wear, and anything else you can't picture yourself needing.
Put Everything in its Right Place
We're all for a small collection of decorative books, candles, and knick-knacks. But the key word there is small.
So by all means, keep some cool objects around, like painted tools or coffee table books. But don't let that enable you to leave out other stuff. Piles of laundry, yesterday's meeting notes, your spare phone charger — find a place for it all, rather than letting it accumulate on your surfaces. Your rooms will instantly look more spacious and put-together.
Then you can kick back, crack a beer, and enjoy your new cleaned-out space. Just don't forget to trash that bottle once you're done.