Five Easy Steps to Declutter

With fall well underway and winter approaching, families will start to spend more time indoors so if you haven’t already now is the best time to declutter your home and create a more organized, tranquil environment. Decluttering can seem like an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be; just follow these five easy steps.

Start Small

Don’t know where to start? Just work through a bit at time and focus on one area. Pick the room with the most clutter and organize in 30-45 minute intervals until it’s complete. Breaking the workload into smaller chunks will make decluttering feel more manageable. It will also allow you to better organize each room as your focus won’t be divided.

Five Piles

Now you have decided which room you want to tackle first, it is time to start decluttering. Go through everything that resides in the room and divide it into five piles: keep, belongs in another room, trash, donate or sell. If an item is the trash, donate or sell pile get it out of the house as soon as possible.

 Sort First, Organize Second, Buy Third

Create your five piles so you know what you are keeping before purchasing any storage containers. This will keep you from wasting money on unneeded supplies or going through the hassle of exchanging containers for different sizes. Now you know what you want to keep, you can start finding a place for everything and decide if you need to invest in any storage items.  Your “keep” pile should contain substantially fewer items than what was originally in that room.

 Junk Drawers

Give each member of the family their own personal junk drawer or basket. This will give everyone a special place to store all their clutter and keep junk off the floors and counters. Since each family member will have their own personal drawer/basket it will create a sense of ownership and if their drawer/basket fills up it’ll be their responsibility to declutter. Since this process will need to be done more frequently it’ll keep junk from pilling up into overwhelming amounts.

 Go Digital

Get rid of physical paper bills by paying online or requesting bills be emailed. Get rid of paper receipts by taking a photo and uploading it to Receipt Bank. This will save you a lot of precious storage room and make your bills and receipts easier to find. Upload music CDs and physical paper manuals onto online software to save space. Sell CDs to second hand stores and use that money to invest in storage containers.

 Bonus Easy Space Saving Ideas

  • Keep all sheets folded and stuffed inside the matching pillow case. This will give you more space in the linen closet and help you to better organize which sheets match with one another.
  • Use a hanging shoe organizer for more than just shoes. Use it to hang all your cleaning supplies in your laundry room or children’s smaller toys in their bedroom. This will free up valuable room and make use of door space that wasn’t being optimized.

Keeping your home clutter free doesn’t need to involve a tremendous amount of time, effort and money if you plan ahead and work smart. Next week, we will share a infographic/chart to help simplify decluttering a clothes closet.

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