Last day of the year and the best time to think about to declutter and organize your home! Indeed, it’s not an easy task to start a new year with new beginnings and the best resolutions if your home is a mess and you just live with the chaos. Especially, if have your little kids at home who make everything possible the mess remains a mess.
With my boys at home, although they help out every day, often cleaning up feels like punishment for repeating it for eternity. So, instead of feeling like Sisyphus, it’s the best time of the year to part with some stuff and things that you neither need nor use.
No more excuses. We seize the opportunity, that January gives us and start this super easy and simple home decluttering challenge for the next 30 days.
How to declutter your home in 10 simple steps?
Decluttering your home is a perfectly refreshing and liberating experience. It helps you create a more organized and peaceful living environment. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to declutter your home:
Set Clear Goals
Determine why you want to declutter and what you hope to achieve. Having a clear purpose will motivate you throughout the process.
Choose a Starting Point
Decide which area or room you want to begin decluttering. It’s often best to start with the area that bothers you the most or where you spend the most time.
Collect garbage bags, boxes, bins, labels, and any other organizing tools you may need.
Take everything out of the chosen space, one section at a time. Sort items into categories such as “keep,” “donate/sell,” and “discard.” Be honest with yourself about whether you truly need or love each item.
For the “keep” pile, organize items neatly and find appropriate storage solutions. Consider donating or selling duplicates or items you no longer use. Donate or sell items in the “donate/sell” pile.
Dispose of items in the “discard” pile properly, whether it’s recycling, shredding, or taking them to the trash.
Implement storage solutions like bins, shelves, or drawers to help keep items organized.
Label containers for easy identification.
Group similar items together.
Make decluttering a routine. Regularly revisit areas to ensure they stay clutter-free. Most importantly, avoid impulsive purchases that might lead to more clutter.
Extend your decluttering efforts to your digital files by organizing and cleaning up your computer files, emails, and digital devices.
Seek Help if Needed
If the decluttering process feels overwhelming, consider enlisting the help of a friend or professional organizer.
Avoid impulsive purchases
Last, but not least, avoid future clutter coming into your home. Think twice before buying something and buy only things of value and quality. They are not a bunch these days.
Remember that decluttering is an ongoing process. By following these steps and regularly maintaining your efforts, you can create a more organized and stress-free living space.
When is the best time to declutter?
If you cannot do it daily, for an 1/2 hour, do it 3x during the week or 1x on the weekends. You will need around 3 hours every week.
Where to start?
Start with the room that bothers you the most. In other words, start with the first room you want to change. It might be your kitchen, or your living room, or your kids playroom.
What do you need to declutter?
Nothing more than decisiveness to part and pack and few big garbage bags. Don’t think it. Just do it.
However, when you fill the bags, don’t hoard them in your basement or garage to sell, donate, or throw them away. If you cannot sell or donate the stuff, just throw it right away.
What to part with?
You know your home best! Use this checklist room by room, if you need some ideas on what to part with.
We hope that after these 30 days, you and your family will feel much more happier in your home.
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