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Our lives and our homes seem to get full of clutter. Tackling clutter in small chunks can have a quick impact and give you a sense of freedom. Freedom from clutter does not have to take hours but can be accomplished in minutes a day. Let’s go over some easy ways to declutter your home.
Easy Ways to Declutter – Ideas To Help Maintain a Clean Home
In a world filled with stuff often we find ourselves becoming more and more anxious about coming home to a house filled with projects and things. Home is where you are supposed to feel most relaxed.
Before we get started, it is important to say, you can’t do it all at once, and even if you tried, that’s a quick way to kill your motivation and make you want to quit.
Instead, take things one step at a time, and make progress, little by little. And if you feel really overwhelmed, pick one dresser or even just ONE DRAWER and begin.
Little progress is better than no progress at all.
Plus, this will also build confidence as you experience visible success at each step. You don’t need fancy tools to declutter your home.
When you want to declutter a shelf, drawer, or closet, take everything out and then only return the items that you really need to keep.
Decide how long you will keep something before getting rid of it. If you haven’t used something in 6 months, 1 year, or more? Pick a decision point that you think will work for you and try to stick to it. You can always adjust the time up or down if you feel like you need to.
Having a plan to declutter your home will help put you in a good state of mind.
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In The Kitchen
Kitchen counters can become cluttered easily. If you don’t use an appliance at least twice a week, remove it from the counter and store it somewhere else.
Gaining counter space will also make it feel cleaner. Keep only what you use every single day on the countertops.
Grab some boxes or bins for donation. This next part is where you get down to the nitty-gritty.
The next step is to completely empty each space, assess each item, and put everything back where it belongs. I am sure you will be finding items that you forgot you ever had because it was tucked in that way back corner.
I would suggest starting with your upper cabinets first. These tend to be where you place the most used items.
Then work your way down to the bottom cabinets.
In The Bathroom
In just 10 minutes you can accomplish a lot. First, start with your medicine cabinet. Take everything out and discard outdated medications, makeup, and skincare products.
Put everything you’re keeping immediately back into the cabinet. This can declutter even though unseen can make a big difference.
The next project in the bathroom will look and feel very similar. Moving onto any cabinet drawers next. Just as before, remove everything, and do a quick evaluation of what you’re keeping and what you’re tossing. Put the items you’re going to keep back into their drawers.
While you are decluttering drawers, this would be a great opportunity for you to give them a quick wipe down too. Removing all accumulated dirt and grime.
Undecided Items – Time to Declutter Your Home
If you aren’t sure you want to get rid of some things, stick these items in a box. I like to call this box the “undecided box”. When you’re done with your decluttering process, look through it again and discard anything that is a donated.
Mark the outside with the contents and date. If you have not used anything in that box for 6 months, it is time to reevaluate. I suggest just donating the entire box and forget about it.
Kids Artwork & Crafts
Your children will come home with many prized artwork pieces, but you can’t really save them all. One great idea is to take a photo of your child holding the art. That way you don’t have to keep every item, but you will have the picture as a terrific memory and keepsake.
This is also true of vacation souvenirs. Who needs a cheesy souvenir that cost a million bucks, when you can have a vacation memory in a photo?
Decluttering The Closet
The dreaded closet. Each season, try on all the clothes in your closet. If you love something, keep it. Ask yourself if you would buy it again.
Anything you would not buy again, get rid of. If it doesn’t fit get rid of it unless it is a really special item. For clothes, you only wear for a special event, move them to the back of your closet, or better yet, store them in a spare closet if you can.
You can overcome clutter by just doing a few tasks regularly. This does not have to take tons of your time, but what a difference you can make in just a few minutes a day.
If you want to start living with less, you have to bring less into your home, period. Take a moment to think before purchasing that next impulse buy. “Do I really need this?” and ” Where would I put it?”
Decluttering your home starts with stopping the need to purchase items you really don’t need in the first place.