Simple & Fresh – Let’s Declutter!

We all have stuff. Stuff we don’t use; stuff we don’t need and stuff we didn’t even know we had!

We’ve all seen the shows on Tv where professionals come in and remove all the “stuff clutter” from your home. Some gets donated, some gets sold and some of it even gets thrown away.

Great.

BUT the question is HOW? How do I declutter my home on my own?

To answer that question we went on a search for the best tips and tricks on how to declutter room by room and it may be easier than you think.

First, lets define clutter. Clutter is anything you keep around your house that’s doesn’t add value to your life. Decluttering is about making room for things that do matter!

Step 1 – Set Goals!
Before you get started, make a plan. No matter how many rooms or how much clutter you have to get through, starting with specific goals will help you create a plan that will reduce any frustration as you go.

Step 2 – The 4 Bin Rule!

Put it Away – If it’s in the kitchen and should be in the closet put it away!

Recycle– Paper, Plastic and Glass. Don’t forget old electronics can be dropped at electronic depots!

Trash-Garbage is garbage.

Donate– if it is in good condition and could be used but not by you, pass it on.

Now that we have the basics down let’s add some quick and easy tips for each room to get us started on our way to a clutter free life! Get those bins ready!

Step 3 – Do It Room by Room!

Bathroom:
Lets start with the medicine cabinet- discard any old makeup; medicine and skincare products. Everything you decide to keep put back in. Move on to drawers keeping anything you use most often in the top ones. This goes for the shower/ tub area and under the sink.

Bedrooms:
Bedrooms can quickly and easily become the dumping ground for things that do not have a place in you home. Take everything out of the drawers, off shelfs and ask yourself the following questions about each item:
1. Does it belong in the bedroom?
2. Have you used it in the last year?
Did you answer, “No,” to either of those questions? If so, then put it in your “Donate It” bin or move it to the room where it belongs. Resist the urge to shove things back in drawers that don’t belong there.

Kitchen:
We spend a lot time in the Kitchen cooking, entertaining and eating so this space can be a challenge. Start by decluttering one section of your kitchen at a time to avoid a potentially bigger mess. Assigning zones can also help you improve the organization of your kitchen things.

The first step is to empty one zone at a time and assess each item (remember the Four Bin Rule). When getting to the counter tops try and clear as many items as possible and into their respective spaces. Keep only what you use every day on your countertops.

Living Room:
Living rooms get A LOT of use. This makes it one of the hardest rooms in the house to keep tidy everyday. It doesn’t typically provide a lot of storage other that a Tv stand or a shelf or two. This space will require decluttering on a regular basis.

First things first, determine what will be your permanent storage for commonly used items like magazines and remotes.

Start the decluttering process with any bookcases, end tables and TV stands. Empty these places and put things in their proper home. If you have those cozy couch blankets, create a space for them by using an old wooden crate as a blanket box. This keeps them off your couch and instantly cleans thing up.
Remove any and all electronics that are not hooked up to your TV! Store chargers and gaming equipment where you use it.

Kids toys- remember the Four Bin Rule and assess. Do they work? Are they being used? Do they belong here?

Overall decluttering your home is doable! Start small, one room at a time and by implementing these tips you will be on your way to a clutter free home!

Happy decluttering!