Decluttering your home is not an easy task, especially if you are doing it alone. However, if you focus on one room at a time, you are sure to stay motivated from the visible success and finish the decluttering in no time. It is also easier to declutter one room or area at a time. Although you don’t need fancy tools to declutter your home, an effective way of decluttering is using five plastic storage containers to sort your items. These five containers will be split into:
- Put away – this box is used to sort items that will go back to their designated areas. For instance, if a cup is found in the bathroom or living room.
- Recycle – this is the bin that’s used to sort items that will be recycled e.g. glass, plastic or paper.
- Fix/mend – this container is used to store items that need further tinkering. For instance, shoes that need to be cleaned.
- Rubbish– this bin is used to store items that will be thrown away as trash.
- Donate – here you will place items that you can give to another person or charitable organisation.
Before you get started, ensure that you have the euro or storage containers. It is not advisable to start looking for storage containers when you have already started decluttering.
Discard any medications that are outdated, as well as makeup or skincare products that have expired. Then, move to your cabinet drawers. Take everything out and then determine the items you should keep, and those that you will toss away, depending on their use or necessity. Do the same with your shower or tub and finalise by decluttering items below your bathroom sink.
The first thing you need to do is to make your bed because you cannot feel any satisfaction if you are decluttering and your bed is not made. Then, proceed to your nightstand and remove anything that does not belong there, putting it away in the plastic box. Some of these things might include pens, glasses or books you have already read. If you have items you no longer use, you can throw them in the rubbish nor recycling containers. then, do the same to your dressers, drawers, chests and/or bureaus. How you will declutter your bedroom will also depend on the size and design of your bedroom, and If there is an item you have not used for the last six months, throw it into the recycling or rubbish.
Closet and Clothing
To declutter your closet easily, start organising your clothes by type i.e. shoes, boots, dresses, etc. It is easier to decide whether you will throw away an item or keep it if you are looking at a collection. After organising your clothes by type, you will then want to have them sectioned into four piles to deal with:
- Put away the items that are in the wrong spots
- Dirty laundry should be put into the hamper or to the laundry room
- Have a pile for clothes that need to be repaired for dry cleaning or to take them to the tailor
- Have a pile for donations
It is quite hard to declutter your kitchen because a lot of activities that take place throughout the day. However, when you start decluttering, you can do it zone by zone or focusing on one category at a time. Empty all the spaces and then start sorting items and putting them back to where they belong. When cleaning the countertops, move as many items as possible off the countertops and into their respective storage spaces. You should now only be left with the items you use daily.
The living room is one of the hardest rooms to keep clutter-free because it gets a lot of use and typically doesn’t offer enough storage space. You should have permanent storage spaces for the items you use often e.g. remote control and books. Start cleaning the bookcase and then proceed to your console and side tables. It is easier to empty everything and then return the items you use or need to their proper spaces. Finally, remove anything that’s not connected to your TV or home theatre system and decide whether to throw it away, keep it or donate to charity. The secret to having a clean living room is decluttering regularly.
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