Over the year, I’ve gotten away with stashing things here and there, promising myself that I would put it away later.
Well, later has arrived! So, what’s procrastinating mom to do? Get started!
A place for everything and everything in its place
You may have heard this old adage. For those of us struggling with clutter, this often becomes wishful thinking.
The term “decluttering” has been a catch phrase for a number of years. Some think it’s simply cleaning a house, but if you have seen television shows about hoarding or cleaning, you know it can be much more than that. So, what does it entail?
This is generally a two-step process:
1. Get rid of the current clutter you have in your home.
2. Avoid letting additional clutter into your home.
Here are 5 easy tips for decluttering your house this summer:
1. Start small when you begin decluttering
If your home is cluttered, going through and getting rid of things will seem intimidating. It is easy to become discouraged and overwhelmed.
By starting small, even with one single dresser drawer, you can declutter and clean it in less than 15 minutes.
2. Get the family to help
Make decluttering the house a family project.
Everyone gets four boxes – Keep (this room), Toss, Donate/Give/Sell, and Keep (store elsewhere) – and place them in the area where they will start.
3. To keep or not to keep
When you review each item, try to think about how often you have used it in the last year. Be honest with yourself. If the item has not been used in a year, it is time to let it go – either in the trashcan or into the Donate box so someone else can use out of it.
4. Go through mail each day
Be aware of the things you bring into your home. Go through your mail each day. Toss or shred mail junk mail. While you open your mail, write down important dates on a calendar. You can then file the mail if still needed or shred it if it has personal information on it.
5. Adopt the one in/one out rule
If you purchase a new item, you would also get rid of one item. This item could be something related to what you purchased or something non-related. The point is to get into the habit of removing one item each time a new item comes into the home.
Before you know it, you’ll have a cleaned out dresser, kitchen cabinet or one less pile to look at. Then, do your best to keep your newly organized area clean and clear from that point forward. [rectanglebox id=1]