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5 Spring Cleaning No-Nos Everyone Should Know By Heart

There's more to decluttering than throwing out old things

Photography: Amara (Main Photo)

There's no one way to declutter your home—some like to follow a careful process like the KonMari method, others like to follow the 90/90 rule while there are those who simply wing it when they decide to do it. 

While there are a lot of stories that tell you what you need or should do, there aren't a lot that teach you what to avoid. Don't fret, we've got you covered. Achieve an impeccably clean house with these tips:  

1. Don't shop then organize.

Remember: ORGANIZE then SHOP. It is more practical to declutter items you no longer need first before buying boxes and bins. Doing it the other way around can leave you with a lot of extra organizers that won't serve any purpose in your home. Spend a couple hundred bucks by knowing what you need to store before buying storage. 

2. Don't work on two decluttering piles at once. 

Finish each task before starting another one. Think of it this way—if you're sorting through items you're going to donate, box everything away immediately. If you're reorganizing things you want to keep, put them back right away. This makes everything overwhelming and you'll most likely end up accomplishing nothing at all.

3. Don't strive for perfection. 

Let's face it, you're home will never look like something off of a Pinterest board or an interior design book. Once you've achieved a system that works for you, be content with it and work around it. Enjoy your hard work and appreciate your new space. 

4. Don't stop tidying up once you're done decluttering.

Don't forget—a clean home requires maintenance. Just because you've organized your space, doesn't mean you are done. Realize that while you have a new system, you have to work on regular upkeep by rearranging things at least once a month. 

5. Don't attempt to declutter your entire house in one day.

There are only a handful of people who have the energy and focus to spend 24 hours cleaning. Instead, take baby steps and work on each category or room per day. That way, you're able to work on each space properly. 

Main photo by Amara

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