My family and I just moved a few months ago and with three kids and three cats, I think it is needless to say my house is cluttered. I have been trying to unpack but as a chronic clutter person, it’s really hard. I am all about having decluttering tips and taking baby steps because otherwise I get so overwhelmed. There is so much to do in an average day it’s hard to add on decluttering to the mix! Don’t despair, there is a way to declutter your life and stay sane!
10 Decluttering Tips to Use Today
If you’ve been procrastinating on a home decluttering project, chances are the reason behind your hesitation is feeling overwhelmed or just not knowing where to start. Those things can trip anyone up on the road to organization. When you find yourself stuck in a pattern of avoidance, the best method to change that pattern is to start with small tasks. Even doing just one little thing is progress. To help you along your way, consider one of these dozen tiny decluttering tips you can use today.
Clear Just One Surface
Clear your kitchen table. If that’s too overwhelming, choose a segment of your countertop. Make it a surface you see daily, and be sure to keep it spotless. I like to try and clean out my kitchen area daily. It helps keep my sanity throughout the incoming mail, piles of homework and dinner preparation.
“Clutter tends to accumulate if items don’t have a designated place where they are stored,” says Stacey Platt, author of What’s a Disorganized Person to Do? and owner of DwellWell, a lifestyle management company in New York City.
Empty a Shelf (or a Box)
Now that you have a surface cleared that you will see every day to provide you motivation, you can move on to another small task. Empty just one shelf. Remember to continue to keep it neat. This also applies to those who have just moved, like me. I’ve been trying to move on to one box each time my kitchen is cleared.
Designate a Paper Zone
Nothing accumulates and gets out of control like papers. Designate an area as a catchall for your paperwork, and always place new papers in that tray or box. Make sure you go through the papers once a week as well and further organize them.
Find Homes for 5 Things
We all have a few items that never seem to get put away. Carefully choose your five most commonly left-out items, and find special places to store them. Even if it’s a basket on the counter, things will feel more neat if they are corralled in one spot.
Donate Three Pieces of Clothing
Clothes are often the worst to declutter. Choose just three pieces to give away each day while getting ready. Soon you’ll have a bag full. How many pieces of clothing do you look at and say “no way” each time you get dressed? Well, it’s time to chuck them!
Dump One Drawer
Pick just one drawer in your home to declutter. Then dump it out. This lets you see everything at a glance and makes the sorting process easier. Only put back the items you know you will use.
“DO NOT let your junk drawer become a home for items that you’re too lazy to put away,” says HuffPost Home editor Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson
Organize Your Medicines
Medicine, bandages and other health supplies should be kept together. Tackle just your medicine cabinet, creating a neat and tidy place to keep the up-to-date items you use most regularly. If they are old, toss them out!
Create a Simple File System
Remember that paper zone? Soon it will overflow. Designate just a few file folders to hold your most common categories of paperwork. Then sort through the documents in your tray to file them quickly in their place.
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Take That Bin to the Car
Once you have a few tiny tasks underway, you’ll likely end up with a sizable amount of stuff to donate. Take the bag or box out to your car to deliver to the thrift shop. See how easy it is to get rid of stuff?
Picture Your Finished Room
These small decluttering tasks are adding up. Take a look around and picture how your room might look when completely pared down and organized. Visualization is a powerful motivator. I love doing this. It gets me energized to declutter!
Following small decluttering tips is easy if you do it slow. Soon you’ll be on your way to big life changes.
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