At the beginning of every year I set a goal to declutter my house. This year it is more important than ever as the house is still in recovery mode from the wedding, the holidays and sadly still the move. The clutter is getting to me and this year’s organizational efforts are hitting a new high. In the next six months I am going to focus my efforts on finding a place for everything, clean and organize the basement and storage rooms and declutter every single closet! Yeah, writing that out makes it feel a little ambitious, might need to extend my deadline to a full year. Below are a few of my tried and true tips for decluttering my home. Now if only I could maintain my organizational efforts all year long.
- Clean the focal point of the every room. Start cleaning items that are in focus. If you start by taking care of your living spaces and leave the closets for last. You will feel so much better as you start to see progress in your efforts. Progress motivates more progress and soon your whole house will be clutter free.
- Every month throw 20 things away. Either donate or throw them away. Think about shoes you never wear, clothes that don’t fit, old invitations, ticket stubs or magazines. The Art of Doing Stuff– one of the blogs that I follow shared a similar strategy of throwing 50 things away.
- Eliminate clothes from your closet. take all the hangers in your closet, and turn them around so the hooks are facing out, away from the wall. As you wear any item of clothing, put the item back on the hangers with the hanger hooks facing towards the wall. After 6 months, anything that is still facing out needs to be donated, with the exception of seasonal clothing, or special items. There is no need to have a jumbled closet of cloths that you never wear.
- Have a Junk Drawer. I know it goes against decluttering efforts to have a junk drawer but everyone needs a break. Even Monica from Friends, had a secret messy closet. Pick a drawer, only one, that you can put the loose batteries, receipts or mail that you need to get to but haven’t. Now for the tricky part, once a month, dump the contents out and go through it. You will be surprised what a few weeks does to stuff. Those receipts are not quite important, and if they are you should find a more permanent spot for them.
Let me know what your de-cluttering secrets are! Good Luck!