The Trick To Having That Picture Perfect Home


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Close your eyes and picture your dream home. What is the layout? The color scheme? What does it smell like? Where is your favorite place to hang out? 

Now answer me this, is there clutter? 

I’m guessing that when you envision your dream home there is no clutter. Your dream home is cleaned up and doesn’t have random piles on the kitchen counter tops. 

So why is it that we let our current homes get like that? Maybe you are even living in your dream home, but it doesn’t look like your dream home because there is too much stuff everywhere. 

I’m here to tell you that you can have your dream home, wherever you live, it’s all about mindset and it’s all about that One Trick that is mentioned in the title of this post. 

That one trick… it’s to declutter… to own less stuff. Ever heard of Marie Kondo? She knows what she is talking about. 

Let’s discuss how to declutter your home so that it can have that dream house look. 

Get In The Right Mindset

Many of us feel unhappy in our own home because we start to compare our lives and homes with those around us and we find ourselves always wishing we had more. 

It’s important to learn that you can be happy in your current space. Make the most of what you have. Freshen up your home with Paul’s ideas here on Dad’s Know DIY. 

Then, really focus on understanding that happiness does not come from things. Every single thing in your home is something you have to take care of. 

Let’s get rid of some of those things so that your home can be easier to take care of, and a stress-free environment where you can relax. 

Have A Plan For Where Your Stuff Is Going

When you are in the midst of decluttering it can feel overwhelming. Make sure you have a plan – that will be what motivates you to keep going. 

You have three options with the items you are going to get rid of. It’s trash, needs to be sold, or can be donated. 

I will say that while selling things is a great way to recoup some of that money you wasted, it can also hold you back from getting rid of things. Set a time limit for how long you will let something sit on Facebook marketplace before donating it. Otherwise, it will continue to clutter up your home. 

Before you start, have trash bags and boxes ready. Then decide where you will donate your stuff. Here are a few options:

  • Donation centers such as Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc. 
  • Local churches and other community organizations.
  • Schedule a pickup. Vietnam Veterans of America and other organizations will come pick up your donations. 

Get Going

Now that you have a plan, it’s time to get going. Jump right in and don’t get overwhelmed about where you need to start.

There are a bunch of different ways to go about decluttering. My advice is to start with your closet. It’s easiest to deal with your own things first. 

Ultimately, you will want to go through your entire house. Start with your closet, and then the rest of your bedroom. Then, go around to each room in the house. Ask yourself, “Do I use this?” and “Do I enjoy this?” If you don’t use it and you don’t love it then get rid of it. Don’t over complicate it. Work fast and be ruthless. 

When you start hesitating over an object, you know you probably don’t need it. Don’t keep it out of guilt or because you MIGHT need it one day. 

Keep Going

There are different stages of decluttering. At first you feel great and ready to go. Then somewhere along the line it seems as if you are making an even bigger mess and you start feeling even more overwhelmed. 

Just push past that. Keep going and keep the end goal in mind. The goal is a home that is easier to take care and aesthetically pleasing. Stuff causes stress so get rid of it. 

You will start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Then, when you do finish you will be so glad that you followed through and a huge weight will be lifted off your shoulders. 

Follow Through with The Plan

The whole process isn’t over until all the things are gone. Be sure to follow through with donating and selling the things you want to get rid of. Otherwise you end up with random piles in your basement, closet, spare room, or a trunk full of stuff. 

When you are all finished, look at your new home! Doesn’t it feel great?! Keep in mind that these things do take time and work, and you often must go through a space more than once before you get it just right. 

All the time and effort will be worth it and you will love your new-found space.


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