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Tips for Decluttering your Rental Property

Burbank Woman Decluttering WardrobeWhen clutter starts to pile up, getting rid of it may seem to be a difficult task. But if your Burbank rental home is starting to spill over with clutter, it’s necessary to deal with the challenge right away. The longer you wait, the more clutter is probably going to accumulate, making decluttering even more problematic!

Rather than trying to declutter your whole house or apartment all at once, try to split up your decluttering into manageable bits. Even if you only have 10 minutes daily, you can start to clear away untidy clutter a little at a time. Thus, you can declutter your way toward having the tidy and organized home you want.

Room by Room

One directed approach to decluttering a rental home is to handle one room at a time. For instance, numerous professional organizers suggest choosing one room in your house to get free from clutter completely. One way is to make separate bins or boxes for items you need to put away, donate, or throw out. After that, 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 ideal way to decluttering is to allocate just a few minutes at a time decluttering one single room, including a drawer or cabinet. Adopting this approach, you first give yourself a time limit, such as 10 minutes. At that point, 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 smart idea to go through your pantry, and your medicine cabinet annually and remove any expired or unused items. Make sure to properly dispose of expired medications since these cannot simply be dumped in the garbage. Countertops are another trouble spot that can be quickly cleared of clutter in just a few minutes.

After you have cleared the space, organize and replace the items you are storing there. This is an excellent opportunity to create a system for that spice cabinet or group items in your pantry for easier access. Closets are a larger task and can take more than 10 minutes, but a similar systematic approach will work on them, as well. Just make sure you have lots of boxes or bins handy to gather anything you choose you no longer want and pack up clothing items as you go.

A Place for Everything

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

If you notice that you have too many things for the available space, it might be an ideal opportunity to downsize or simplify. Think about donating unused items to a charity or thrift store. Otherwise, if weather permits, you could sell some of your extra stuff online or hold a garage sale. Store everything you can’t bear to get rid of in clearly labeled plastic tubs or bins. In this manner, you can retain your belongings – and your house – clean and organized always.


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