If you’ve been putting off decluttering and cleaning your home because you don’t know how to get it done – I’ve got some great tips to help you get started.
Remember – it takes time. Don’t try and declutter your home all in one day. Plan accordingly, give yourself a few days or even a couple weekends. Here’s how to go about it, room-by-room:
We all have clothes that we want to hang onto forever, but it’s time to get rid of the old “lucky” t-shirts decorated with holes and those jeans that you think you might wear, but have been collecting dust for the last 10 years.
Take time to organize your closet into categories:
● Winter clothes
● Summer clothes
● Dress clothes
During this process, create 3 different piles:
● For donation (check your local areas for the best places to donate)
● For the trash
● Storage facility (only store what you need, don’t keep everything)
There are many items that tend to get stacked up on your nightstand and dresser. It’s best to return all the items back to their place, whether it be books, drinking glasses, jewelry, trash…etc. Then dust the area and leave it mostly bare. The less you have on your nightstand and dresser, the less dust that will be collected in those areas.
It’s important to note (for all areas of your house) that you will want to make arrangements for your “donation” and “storage facility” piles immediately. Take the donation items out to your car and plan on dropping them off wherever you choose to donate.
If you’re like me, you have tons of receipts, bills, and documents lying around that you don’t really know what to do with.
It’s a good idea to purchase a paper shredder to get rid of anything that possesses personal information. This can be a lengthy task, depending on how many records you’ve let pile up. Before you start shredding, you need to know what records you need to keep around and for how long. For instance, tax returns. The IRS has six years to audit for errors greater than 25% plus one year. Don’t get rid of your last seven years worth of tax returns.
A home office has the tendency to turn into an extra storage area. Go through all of the extras that don’t have to do with your office space and proceed to put them into one of the four piles mentioned above.
Let’s be honest, most of this is trash. Get rid of any old or expired creams, medications, makeup, etc. Here are some general rules to follow:
• Mascara generally should be thrown out after 3-6 months
• Liquid, pencil or gel eyeliners: 4 to 6 months
• Eyeshadows: around 2 years
• Lipsticks and lip glosses, as well as foundation and concealer: 2 years
• Cleansers: 1 year & Toners: 6 months to 1 year
• Facial/Body Moisturizers and Serums: 6 months to 1 year
● Tupperware – If it’s broke, chipped or cracked, trash it.
● Dinnerware – Keep what you need. These are great donations and could be put to good use by someone else.
● Glassware – It’s time to get rid of the old pint glasses and coffee mugs you collected during your college days. Class up your kitchen and finally use the glassware set you’ve had in storage.
The best place to start is your shelving and workbench, where lots of items tend to stack up. By removing the unwanted items from these areas, you allow yourself to see a huge difference with more open space.
Before putting old garage items in the trash or donation piles, research to see if there are creative ways that you can reuse items that you would never had thought of. There are some very good ideas to help you reuse items and possibly add a new touch to your house.
Once you have some creative ideas of items to reuse, put those in a separate pile to come back to later.
Now that you have space, you know what you want to reuse, trash, and donate, it’s time to organize your garage into sections while putting items back into place.
● Holiday items
● Yard Supplies
● Sport/Outdoor Activities
● Automotive Supplies
That’s it, you’re done! It’s over! You have helped your friends and people in need by donating unwanted items and now you can relax.
Derek Petersen comes from the beautiful Boise, Idaho. He is most passionate about family, nutrition and writing. He loves being outdoors and living free. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @derekpetersen16
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