Declutter Your Home in 6 Easy Steps

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declutter4I will be the 1st to tell you.. I am not great at organization.  I do have a few methods that work for me, like a “lid drawer”.. nothing but lids, so I can find them. I recently bought some baskets for in my kitchen cabinets and it’s working pretty well for me.

But even with my lack of organization skills I WANT my home to be organized, so learning some tips to Declutter Your Home is good for us all!

Home organization is a step-by-step process. It would be nice if you could do it all as once but it will take more than a day or even a week to get everything to a manageable level.  The good thing is that once you do this process staying organized is much easier. Make sure your family helps, if possible, this way they learn how to be better organized, too!

1. Start with the busiest areas. Your living room and kitchen are usually the two most used rooms in your home. It seems that everything gets dropped on a counter or the couch or floor in these two rooms. Makes sure to concentrate on getting everything set up in a  way that you like it before you move on to another room.  And depending on your home, this may be enough for one day, don’t do SO much that you loose steam ( I know I personally get overwhelmed).  You are in it for the long haul, so at this point if you need to take a break.. do it.  Make a list of the other rooms you want to tackle next and the dates and times it would be best to do so.

2. Use storage containers. Make a trip to the store and  get a bunch, and in different sizes, depending on what you need for each room (you can return what you don’t need).  This can be fun and a bit of a motivator for the decluttering process. You make find functional as well as decorative containers, which is great depending one where you need your storage. Purchase a mix of containers to put in in the garage (if you need them) and buy ones that match your home décor in each room.  This way you can integrate them so that no one would even notice they were being used for storage.  This also keep frequently used items on hand.


3. Divide your items into categories. If you like you can use trash bags or cardboard boxes for this part. Everything that you find can go into one of 4 piles: KEEP, THROW AWAY (into trash bags right away), GIVE AWAY (or SELL), and RELOCATE. The items you want to stay in that room are to KEEP. The things that are broken can be thrown away and items you don’t need can either be thrown away or go to the GIVE AWAY or SELL pile . Clothes or furniture still in great condition can be donated and scheduled for pickup by a local charity that accepts such items or you can plan for a yard sale or to take to a consignment shop. Anything that should be  in another room can be labeled for relocation when you get to decluttering that room.

4. Remove everything from the drawers and cabinets. This will be a time-consuming process and can be overwhelming (at least for me) to have a bunch of little stuff you have to figure out want to do with, but but it is easier to start with a clean slate and fill it instead of simply pushing things around. Try to  line things up on the counter,  create an assembly line and have someone else can help you by putting the items in some type of order.  Plus, the moral support is helpful in getting the task done.

5. Use of all of your available space. In the kitchen, for example, appliances or extra containers (items used less often) can be stored on top of the cabinets if they don’t extend all the way to the ceiling. That’s extra storage space without benefit of a storage container. You might use top of the refrigerator for cereal boxes and pantry breakfast foods (if you don’t want them to be seen buy a pretty tall basket to put them in). In your bedroom, shoes and winter clothes can go into flat storage bins that slide easily under the bed or your dresser.

6. Label your containers. If you want to keep it simple use tape and a permanent marker to mark the contents of your storage containers. My husband loves to use an actual label maker, so this encourages him to get involved. Make sure you don’t write on the actual container so in the future you can re-use the containers for different contents. By taking the time to do this you won’t have to open each container to find what you need.

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Organizing your entire house takes a lot of time and commitment. But, once it is done, it’s done! And it takes a lot less effort to keep it that way.

What are your best home declutter and organizing tools and tips?  Leave a comment below.

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  1. says

    We’ve been struggling with clutter forever, too. And having recently sent our daughter off to college, we’re dealing with not only our own accumulation, but all the sentimental things she left behind after 12 years of school.

    A few years ago I realized that all the “stuff” in our lives (not just clutter, but also things we value and want to keep) was starting to rule us instead of the other way around. Garage, attic, basement–all filled to bursting. So I imagined a system where I could get rid of things I no longer want (the clutter) and share with friends and neighbors and colleagues the things I want to keep but don’t use all the time (books, tools, DVDs, etc.–the non-clutter). And if my friends/neighbors/colleagues were to do the same thing, how much less we would be discarding/recycling (my trash might be your treasure) and consuming (do I really need to own a copy of Lord of the Rings DVDs if my neighbor has it and will let me borrow it?).

    About 3 years ago I started building a web site based on this idea and now we have a team of 5 people making it a reality. It’s called Swampum™ (the name is a mash-up of “social” or “swap” and “wampum,” the old bead-based “currency” used by some early American tribes in the northeast) and is designed to help individuals and their communities reuse and share things in order to save money, simplify their lives and use resources more wisely.

    We still have a lot of work to do to make the site more user-friendly, but we’re excited about the positive feedback we’ve received so far from those who feel overwhelmed by clutter and underwhelmed by the amount of money they have (i.e., almost everyone).

    If that sounds like an intriguing idea to you, I’d encourage you to take a look at! And please let us know what you think!

  2. says

    Clutter is something that we have to constantly work at. I have some latent pack-rat tendencies that I am constantly fighting…but, I will say that taking time to label containers is the most helpful thing that I have done.

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