With the busyness of the holidays and kids home because of snow days, has your home become a clutter magnet?
Do the piles of clutter in your home overwhelm you? Do you want to have a clean home but you honestly don’t know where to start the clean-up process?
Here’s an easy six step plan that will help you tackle the clutter to create a clutter free home once and for all!
1. Pretend you’re a guest in your home
I know, that sounds funny doesn’t it? But you really should walk through your home with new eyes.
In fact, some organizers recommend that you enter your house, going room by room, and making a list of everything you want to change.
Before you start doing anything, take a close look at the list. Which room or space irritates you the most? Then, prioritize the list from the most cluttered to the least.
2. Start small
I get overwhelmed easily when it comes to clutter. So, rather than trying to tackle an entire room, start with one small area. You tackle one small area a day or every other day.
Focus on that one area – whether it is a counter, a dresser drawer or a bookshelf.
3. Set your timer for 15 minutes
Before you dive in and a decluttering spree, bear in mind that doing too much too soon can wear you out.
Instead, plan to spend a minimum of 15 minutes cleaning. If you can schedule more time, an hour or two each week would be fantastic.
Guard the time like you would a doctor’s appointment to be sure you declutter each week.
4. Divide and Conquer
When you completely clear everything from the area and then go through each item, choosing whether to save it, donate or give it away, or throw it away.
As you find items you want to keep, put them back until everything is back in its place.
5. Create a “Give Away” box
Continue your decluttering habit all year round by creating a “give away” box. You may want to put a “give away” box in each room.
When you find an unwanted or unneeded item, place it into the box. Once the box is full, either take the items to a consignment shop or donate it to a charity like Salvation Army or Goodwill.
6. It’s all in the family
Once you have gotten your own clutter under control, it is time to enlist the help of your family.
Develop a chore chart for everyone in the family so you are not the only one cleaning.
You may be the only one decluttering but it only makes sense for everyone in the family to be involved in general housekeeping. It also helps to develop a routine.
Getting rid of clutter takes time. So, don’t get overwhelmed by it.
Remember, it will takes time to collect all this stuff. But when you see your newly cleared space you’ll want to the keep the habit of decluttering part of housekeeping routine.