Do you struggle with how to declutter and organize Your Home? Well, look no further because with these 4 tips you will be well on your way to a more organized house decluttered home!
Tips for Decluttering
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If you walk into my house you would probably realize fairly quickly that I am not a huge fan of clutter! In fact, I loathe clutter. Sure I have a few decorations here and there, but I don’t have a lot! There are many things that play into this but the two biggest are # 1. I am lazy and don’t want to dust it. # 2. I have kids that get into everything! And I mean everything! And #3. I am a little OCD that everything needs a place.
When things are everywhere in my house I am sort of a hot mess and a little anxious. Toys everywhere drive me crazy, dresser drawers not pushed in all the way is a pet peeve of mine, dishes left in the sink when the dishwasher is right there… Ugh! Now with that being said I can walk into anyone’s house and be fine… It’s just my house that I feel this way!
When I say I can’t sleep at night because the house is a mess, I really will lay there for HOURS thinking about how there is just stuff everywhere! Don’t believe me? Ask my husband… he thinks I am a little crazy!
There is just something with stuff everywhere that causes me to not be able to get anything done.
Are you like this?
So, you would think since I am like this my whole family would be too, right? That’s a big fat negative! Unfortunately, I have one son who will remain nameless loves to leave his dirty nasty socks everywhere we go! Like I seriously will find a dirty sock in every room that belongs to him! And then the other son who will remain nameless lives in a PigSty! Luckily, or luckily he has a walk-in closet so I can close the door and never see it or smell it again! And oh my sweet sweet husband, as soon as I do all the dishes I will always find a little glass right there in the sink 10 minutes later!
Ugh! It drives me crazy! But then my family probably thinks I am a little crazy when I am constantly telling them that the house is a mess because there is a dish in the sink…
Even with my crazy family leaving stuff everywhere, the most asked question I get when people come to my house is, “How is your house always so clean and picked up?”
My Answer is I hate clutter and love to organize!
Which is then followed up with, “ugh, I wish I had time!”
But Guess What? You Do Have Time and you Can Be Organized and Clutter Free with these great tips!
Just 15 minutes a Day (or even 5)
It doesn’t take long to organize and declutter. Really it doesn’t. In the amount of time, it takes to scroll Instagram or Facebook you could get a cupboard or file clean or even the dreaded junk drawer if you have 15 minutes! If you spend 5 minutes here 10 minutes there you will DECLUTTER your entire home! Sure it will take a bit, but you will get it done!
And here’s the thing. Decluttering is a process, not a destination. People are always bringing stuff into the home that you will have to decide to keep or throw out!
If you are overwhelmed by where to start, start someplace easy. Maybe your kids’ clothes where you rummage through and get rid of everything that is too small or stained. Then move on to harder things like your clothes and junk drawers. Then finish it with the hardest things like kid memories and pictures!
So, set your timer for however much time you have and get started!
What Do You Get Rid Of and What Do You Keep?
Okay, so I think a lot of people don’t organize and declutter because they don’t know what to keep and what to get rid of.
Sally gave that to me for her birthday three years ago so I certainly can’t get rid of it!
Um, NEWSFLASH Sally probably doesn’t care nor does she remember that she gave it to you!
So here’s the thing I read this three years ago and it changed my life! It taught me to get rid of things and let go! And through the process of that, I have become so much happier! So if you are struggling with not wanting to get rid of things definitely check it out. Because of that book, I am able to give trash bags MANY away often and as I do I feel the weight lifted off my shoulders each time!
Be honest with yourself on what you really need to keep
When deciding what to keep you need to be honest with yourself! It is easy for me to justify the 60 skirts that I own, I did get them ridiculously cheap!. I mean most of them are cute! But do I really need 60 skirts? If I went to the office every day, sure have 60 skirts, but I wear them once a week to church… 60 skirts… 52 weeks in the year… Um. that would mean it would take OVER 1 YEAR for me to wear them all! So, if I was being honest with myself I can probably get rid of at least half of them and be just fine. And not even miss them!
We need to do this with everything. Do our kids really need 500 million toys? Or is it time to enlist them to help clean them out? Do we all need four different sets of dishes when we only use 2? Or 19 cookbooks when you haven’t opened it in years, thanks to Pinterest?
As we are honest with ourselves about we really need it will make decluttering and organizing so much easier!
What is Important to keep for your kids? Is This Something they will want to show their spouse or kids?
The other day my older kids found all their “treasures” that I have saved through their lifetime. I thought they would oh and ah about all the memories I had neatly tucked away!
But guess what? That is not what happened!
Colby, says, “Mom, what is this?” Is that really my hair?! Why did you save my Hair?”
Now at the time, I thought I was a good mom because everyone saves a clip of hair from their first haircut… But why on Earth do we do this? To make more clutter for ourselves I think. I mean can you imagine a grown adult wandering about showing everyone their first haircut?
Yeah. Probably not… So just toss it or if you haven’t cut your kids’ hair yet. Snap a picture and call it good!
As you go through things ask yourself is this important for me to keep? I tend to save certificates and achievement awards for awhile. Those lay flat and they don’t take a lot of room. I save a few art projects from year to year and then rest I deposit into my big blue friend outside aka the trash can. Another thing you can do is take a picture of your child with their artwork and certificates and save those!
If you are on the fence about saving something ask yourself is this something my kids will want to show their spouse or kids one day?
If the answer is yes, then tuck it away for safekeeping, if not toss it in the trash.
Have You in 6 Months?
We have all heard the if you haven’t worn it, used it or played with it in 6 months then get rid of it! But, when it comes to getting rid of things do we follow this rule? It’s time to start enacting it! So, throw it away, give it to someone that needs it, drop it off at the donation center, or sell it! Whatever you decide just get rid of it because you don’t need it!
Of course, I hear, but I might need it later! But guess what? You have done just fine without it for over 6 months so I am sure you will be fine for the next 6 months, 6 years and even 60 years without it. If you want your home to be more organized and clutter free get rid of what you don’t need.
So many times I have been on the fence about getting rid of something I might need and in the end, I decide to get rid of it with the thought I will buy it later and guess what? I have never bought it again! In fact, I can’t even remember what I thought I might need. Why are you going to take up precious storage space in your house for things you don’t even use? Get rid of it and enjoy less clutter falling out of the cupboards as you open them!
There are SOME things that I will save even if I haven’t used them in 6 months! Notice I said some, not a lot!
Seasonal stuff is always good to save. Don’t throw away all your gift wrap because you haven’t used it in 6 months when you have 3 birthdays coming up. And holiday decorations should be nicely stored until the right season to pull them out and decorate.
The other thing that I save is baby stuff! Even if you have not used your baby stuff in 6 months and YOU PLAN ON HAVING ANOTHER BABY keep it because you will use it again!
Everything else though I use the 6-month rule for toys, clothes, kitchen stuff, etc.
So, there you have it! 4 easy ways to declutter your home and live a more organized life!
How do you stay organized and clutter free? What is your declutter tip that you live by?
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Michele is a Family Life Educator with her degree in marriage and family studies. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!