Joanna Cutaia-Beales
Real Estate Broker

Hamilton Ontario Real Estate Agent

This is How to Declutter Your House Using Tiny Home Tips

2018 has undoubtedly been the year of the tiny home trend. From renovated A-frames and vintage airstreams to tiny living and more, most home owners are taking advice from the minimalist side of “living small” when it comes to organizing their spaces. That includes the much-dreaded issue of home clutter.

Amassing a collection of items you either don’t need or haven’t used in 3+ years is quite normal when you become a home owner; there’s typically more storage space, so why not purchase all the things and throw ‘em in the back of the garage or the furnace room downstairs? But clutter can lead to a lack of space, make rooms and spaces look smaller, and can quickly make an organized home a chaotic one.

So, how can you use tips from tiny home living to declutter your space? It may just be easier than you think…

Try the “New in, Old out” rule

This rule is fairly simple (and helpful from an organizational perspective): whenever you purchase something new, give the old version of that item away. For example, if you just bought a new couch for your living room, and have an old couch kicking around, consider donating it. Not only does this help others, but it also prevents your spaces from becoming overcrowded with too much stuff!

Think big but start small

Often, the thought of decluttering an entire home seems extremely daunting, but the key to effective decluttering is to think big and start small. For instance, begin by picking a room you use most often (like your kitchen) and start there. By simply taking a few hours every weekend organizing cupboards and drawers, sorting out items you’ll keep versus those you’ll donate or get rid of, you could easily declutter your kitchen in less than 2 weekends.

Use storage bins and bags to keep things in perspective

A great “rule of thumb” when decluttering is to organize your items into bins and bags which can be used as “units of measurement.” Essentially, organizing your items based on what can fit into a certain number of bins will not only help you better recognize which items you actually need (versus those you don’t) but will also assist with keeping things in their right space. It’s a great way of prioritizing the things you actually need for daily use, so you can get rid of the items that aren’t necessary or which don’t have a specific function.

Designate a declutter bin

A clever idea for keeping clutter to a minimum on a regular basis is to keep a declutter bin. This is a bin you would use for any items you find you don’t use over a period of time. An example would be clothing; my daughter likes to donate any clothing she hasn’t worn in 3-4 months because, from her perspective, if she hasn’t worn it in more than 90 days, she probably won’t wear it again. So, into the declutter bin it goes and it’s ready for donation! You can keep this bin anywhere in your home that you prefer, but you may find it helps you keep up with consistent decluttering!

Consider open storage units

It’s incredibly easy to throw items and clothing into the back of a closet in your home and forget they ever existed. What’s not so easy is looking at clutter everyday if you have open storage units or areas. An open shelving unit or closet, for example, is a great way to keep track of the items you currently have and helps keep clutter to a minimum because you can actually see what you own. This tip can be applied to bedroom closets, pantries, living room shelving and more. It’s a no-excuse method for avoiding inundating your home with unnecessary clutter!

When in doubt, make a list

Ah, aren’t lists just the best? They happen to work perfectly for home organization, and when it comes to decluttering, they’re the bomb dot com. Let’s say you’re ready to clean out your space or get your home organized before Winter hits, but you have no idea what you should keep and what you should toss. The same can be said for selling your home, too. This is the period where I recommend my clients make a list. Similar to a “pros and cons” list, make a “must have vs must purge” list. Start by thinking about the items you use on a daily basis, and add them to your must-haves. Then, consider the items you use only 1-2 times per week, once per month, or items you haven’t used in 1 month or more. Add ‘em to the must-purge list. The idea here is that anything that doesn’t serve you on a daily basis, probably doesn’t need to stay!

Joanna Cutaia-Beales