Do you find it difficult to keep your home tidy and organized? Here are some easy home decluttering tips to use to get your house in order and start decluttering your life.
Easy Home Decluttering Tips
It can be so discouraging to get your home organized and then watch helplessly as the clutter makes its way back in. How does that happen? It’s basically a mindset – to get organized is one thing, but to stay that way means you need to approach each day with it in mind. Rather than give up, try working some habits into your family life to make organization stick around. Here are some home decluttering tips for getting organized and staying that way.
Grow with Your Family
Organization needs change over time, and it’s good to be adaptable and change methods along the way. One of the ironies of staying organized is that rigid inflexibility tends to make things worse – if not in actual clutter, then in feelings of resentment and being stifled.
So it only makes sense that you will have to “update” your organization from time to time to keep up with growing kids, changing jobs, and various phases.
- Toy bins will need to make way for space for age-appropriate items, like journals, art supplies, electronics, and other teen interests. You can update the bins or sell the old ones and replace them, but it’s going to require some reorganizing as your kids grow.
- Get rid of the old to make space for the new. Nothing scraps organizational efforts like accumulating stuff on top of stuff. As your kids’ interests change (yours, too), don’t be afraid to get rid of the things you no longer use and create space for the new stuff.
- As your kids grow, the level of organization they are responsible for will increase. Begin to delegate tasks and try to let family members do it their own way. This is part of letting organization grow with your family.
Personalize Your Organization
If you are using organizational methods that just aren’t you, or just don’t fit with your family dynamic, then it’s no wonder you can’t keep up with them. You may not be the type to do spreadsheets, for instance, even though your friends rave about how much they helped them.
If a dry-erase board or piece of paper and pencil work for you, go with it. Some people do better with an old-fashioned pocket calendar than fancy software.
The same is true in your home. If you are using the methods others have told you about, they may not work for your family. Organization should flow naturally from your lifestyle and be at a level you’re comfortable with. It’s okay, for instance, if there are some things you prefer not to have too organized.
Home Decluttering Tips
Here’s a list of home decluttering tips to help you get rid of stuff in your home that you don’t need.
- Spare buttons
- Old makeup past its best
- Old magazines
- Anything broken
- Old bedding
- Baby items if you have finished having babies and your family is complete
- Out of date food in the cupboards
- Half finished craft projects that are never going to be completed
- Toiletries you will never use
- Clothes that are out of style
- Games/puzzles with missing pieces
- Chargers for phones you no longer own
- Any earrings that don’t a match
- Most manuals for items you buy (you can find all the info online)
- Old computers (take care to destroy the hard drive first)
- Plastic grocery bags
- Any mugs over the total number of people you would ever have using at once
- Boxes from electronics you have bought
- Out of date medicine
- Items from hobbies you don’t do anymore
- Socks with holes
- Old paint
- Projects you have been meaning to get around to for years but haven’t
- Toys no longer played with
- DVDs you have watched/won’t watch again
- CDs you don’t listen to any longer
- Cookbooks you don’t use
- Bad photos you have that you will never want to frame or put in an album
- Old hair products
- Greeting cards from past events (keep only those that are truly sentimental)
- VHS tapes and cassettes if you haven’t anything to play them on
- Shoes that hurt when you wear them
- Used candles where the wick has worn down and can’t be lit again
- Plastic storage containers with missing lids
- Kids artwork (take photos or scan instead so you still have copies but less bulk) – only keep really special ones
- Digital photos on your phone or computer that aren’t any good
- Stuffed animals no longer loved