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Tips for Decluttering your Rental Property

Tigard Woman Decluttering WardrobeWhen clutter starts to pile up, throwing them away can feel like a real challenge. But if your Tigard rental home is starting to flood with clutter, it’s essential to undertake the challenge right away. The longer you wait, the more clutter will amass, making decluttering even more troublesome!

Instead of trying to declutter your entire house or apartment all at once, try separating your decluttering into smaller phases. Even though you only have 10 minutes once a day, you can start to clear away unsightly clutter one after another. In this way, you can declutter your way toward having the tidy and organized home you need.

Room by Room

One centered approach to decluttering a rental home is to tackle one room at a time. For instance, a lot of professional organizers suggest choosing one room in your house to completely free from clutter. Another method is to create separate bins or boxes for items you need to put away, donate, or throw out. At that point, go through and place each piece of clutter in one of the bins.

Each item that is not in its proper place must 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. To this degree, you can quickly clear off counters, floors, and tabletops and see visible improvement immediately.

Keep it Short and Sweet

Another reliable method for decluttering is to devote just a few minutes at a time decluttering one single space, such as a drawer or cabinet. Using this approach, you must set a time limit, such as 10 minutes. Then, 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 would be a good idea to go through your pantry, and your medicine cabinet at least once a year and remove any expired or unused items. Make certain to properly dispose of expired medications, as these cannot simply be tossed in the garbage. Countertops are another trouble spot that can be instantly cleared of clutter in just a few minutes.

When you’ve cleared the space, organize and replace the items you are stocking there. This is an ideal opportunity to create a system for that spice cabinet or group items in your pantry for easier access. Closets may be a bigger task that requires more than 10 minutes, but the same systematic approach will work on them, too. Just be sure to have sufficient boxes or bins handy to collect anything you decide you no longer want and put away clothing items as you go.

A Place for Everything

Keeping your rental home free of clutter is less complicated if everything you own has a proper place. When we gather items, sometimes we tend to keep things that don’t seem to belong anywhere in the house. Yet, to keep clutter under control, it’s important to find a permanent home for your valuables and return items to their proper place after using them.

If you recognize that you have too many things for the available space, it may be time to downsize or simplify. Try donating unused items to a charity or thrift store. Or, if weather permits, you could sell some of your extra stuff online or hold a garage sale. Keep everything you can’t bear to let go of in clearly labeled plastic tubs or bins. This way, you can maintain your belongings – and your house – clean and organized in all circumstances.


If you’re running out of storage space for your things, perhaps the time is right to find a new Tigard rental home. Real Property Management Assurance can help! Visit our website to check out our great listings.

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