How to Reduce Clutter If You're Working From Home
Updated: Aug 22
Now that more of us are working at home, a lot of people are tripping over things and over each other. Amazingly, the average home has 300,000 things in it.
A lot of us have closets that are packed with clothes and shoes. The average person only wears 20% of the clothing they own on a regular basis.
What are some of the ways that you can declutter your apartment or house to give yourself more room to move around—especially when you're lacking in storage areas?
Here are six tips for freeing your place from some of its clutter.
1. Give things away
NextDoor.com is a good site for selling things or for giving them away. You can post your free items without publishing your street address. Just ask people to private message you in the description of your post.
You can also donate your things to the Salvation Army or a veteran's organization.
2. Take stuff to the town dump
When you can’t give something away for free, that’s a good indicator that the item should be included in your next dump run.
Alternatively, you can use a local junk hauling company to take your things away for you.
3. Build a storage shed
Need a project? You can build a shed to house some of your things. Here’s a time-lapse made by iCreatables of Santa Rosa, California:
Keep in mind that certain items will not do well inside a shed during the summer heat.
4. Move your office to a shed
Vendors of prefab sheds like Tuff Shed have many customers who work out of their sheds. Of course, you’ll want to install an air conditioner for the hot summer months.
You can also build a backyard home office from the ground up.
5. Rent a Storage Pod
Storage pods are a good short-term solution. However, they are unsightly for you and your neighbors. The inside can have oven-like interior temperatures during the summer months.
6. Move some of your items into a self-storage unit
Your guest bedroom, which is now your office, may not be visited by a guest any time soon. But you don’t want to dispose of a bed frame and mattress. You just want to get them out of the way for a while.
Taking items like a bed frame and mattress to a climate-controlled self-storage facility will give you more floor and wall space. It will also save you from banging your shins on the side of the bed.
Seasonal clothes can also be added to a storage unit.