This year, with everyone staying home, it’s shown a lot of us how much stuff we have that we don’t need. Many people have used the time at home as an opportunity to declutter and purge their home of belongings that aren’t useful, don’t fit, are broken, or they just don’t need.
For some, the process of cleaning and decluttering is liberating. It is a way of creating order out of the chaos in the world. For others, decluttering can be a real challenge. If you fall into this group, we’ve put together five useful tips to help you get organized and declutter your home.
To start, get three containers ready before you begin to organize. You can use containers, cardboard boxes or even bags. Designate the three containers for three categories. They are:
- Recycle/Trash – things you can throw out or recycle right away.
- Put Away – items that you want to keep but that are in the wrong spot. These you can put away in their proper place.
- Donate/Sell – Items in good condition that you no longer want, but someone can use
Place these containers in a central spot in the room that you are working. The key is to make it easy to get things out once you’ve sorted them. You don’t need to hang onto something in a box in the basement. Once you’ve made your choice, pass them on, put them away or throw them out!
1. Go One Room At A Time
Decluttering your home can feel overwhelming if you try and tackle everything at once. It is essential to have a system in place before you start. That way, you can focus on one specific task and work step by step. Go one room at a time and try not to get distracted by other areas in your home.
Bestselling author, organizer and star of her Netflix show, ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,’ suggests starting with your wardrobe. She recommends clients pull out everything they own and place it in one big pile. Seeing things all in one place helps to see everything you own, and most people have way more clothes than they think.
As you sort through your items, look at each piece and think – Does it fit? Do I love it? Is it in good condition, any rips, tears or stains? Another Marie Kondo tip is to ask yourself, does it spark joy? If the answer is yes, great! Let’s find a spot for it. If the answer is no, it is time to let it go.
Sort through items of the same kind – so go through all of your shoes, then move onto clothes, bags, etc., until you’ve sorted through everything in your closet.
Kitchen’s often become a storage space for utensils, gadgets and every other item from school supplies to home repair. It can help to sort through one category of things at a time and take out everything you have and place them onto your counter.
Take out all of your kitchen utensils. Look through everything you have and immediately remove anything broken, old or rusted. You can also look for duplicate items that you don’t need and donate them if they are in good shape.
Many kitchen appliances are bulky and take up a lot of space, so you may want to prioritize the things you regularly use unless you have lots of storage. If you love waffles, great, keep that waffle iron. If you have two hand mixers, maybe it is time to pass one on.
Once empty, give your cupboards a thorough wipe down. Start by placing larger items first and make sure everything has a spot where it fits.
If you have a lot of dishes, keep only the items you need regularly. Unless you absolutely love them, get rid of novelty cups, promotional items and anything cracked or stained. Keep extra dishes in storage space, or give them away unless you host large gatherings regularly.
Start by taking everything out of your bathroom cupboards. Toss anything old, expired or that you don’t use. Again use the three-box system of throw out, put away or donate. If you need to keep multiples or things like toothpaste, shampoo or toothbrushes, place these aside to put in storage.
Once everything is cleared out, give your cabinets a clean and a wipe. Because space in the bathroom is often at a premium, keep only essentials in your cupboards that you use every day. Drawer organizers can be beneficial for keeping all of your essential items neat and tidy.
5. Use Shelves and Boxes to Help You Get Organized
Once you’ve gone through all of your belongings and decided on what you want to keep, it is essential to store things in a way that makes them easy to find and use. Storing items properly can also keep them from becoming damaged. Additional shelving, cabinets and storage boxes are very helpful for this.
Use dividers in drawers to help organize small items in your kitchen and give everything a place. This organizational system makes it easy to put things away and if there’s suddenly isn’t space for something, you know something is out of place.
Congratulations! You’ve done it! Follow this method, and you will have a neat and organized home full of things you love.
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