The Doctors share the average American home contains over 300,000 objects and we have tips on how to declutter 3 of the big problem areas of the home.
We welcome professional organizer Tracy McCubbin, who says you need to ask yourelf these questions about whether to keep or get rid of something:
- Do you use it on a semi-regular basis?
- Is it making you money?
- Can you buy it again or borrow it easily?
- Do you have a place to put it away?
- Do you love it?
In the closet: Tracy says if you cannot move your hangers an inch that your closet may be cluttered and and in need of a purge. She says one area to look at when it comes to getting rid of something is old winter coats, which can be very helpful to donate to those in need. She also says people need to ask themselves if everything in their closet flatters their current figure or body, not their "future body."
In the kitchen: She says an overstuffed refrigerator filled with old food and cartons will not inspire you to make tasty and healthy meals. She feels a decluttered fridge is a great starting point if you’re aiming to eat better and cook more. And when it comes to the utensil drawer, she suggests getting rid of old napkins, utensils and chopsticks and put them in the recycling bin.
In the garage: Tracy says only 25 percent of Americans have room in their garages for their cars and garages are usually filled with items we don’t use. One area to focus on is sports equipment that you or your children no longer use or have outgrown. She suggest donating these items.
Check our more decluttering tips from Tracy in her new book, “Making Space, Clutter Free.”