De-clutter your lifeIt’s not as hard as you think
Over time our homes, especially if they are smaller homes, have a tendency to accumulate and collect all kinds of treasures, gems and keepsakes, otherwise referred to as”junk”.
Now we all know that one person’s trash is another person’s treasures, but our homes can only hold so much.
There is no better time than during your annual Spring Cleaning ritual to de-clutter your home and start the long days of summer off on the right foot.
This process will not be done in one day, after all it took years(or if we are really good, months)to make it this way.
Start slow and take the time needed to follow through. You will find that decluttering is not as hard as you thought it would be.
1.Cupboards:Go through all you kitchen cupboards, one at a time of course, and you will be amazed at what you find that can be thrown out.
2.Bedroom Closets:The saying goes, if you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it. While not everyone may agree with this statement totally, it is a good guideline to follow. You will probably be amazed at the clothes you can get rid of when you clean out your closets.
3.Bookcases:Some people have a tendency to gather books–hundreds of them. Look them all over and get rid of the ones that don’t sound interesting. Also, go through knickknacks, papers, magazines, or anything else filling up those bookcases.
4.Kids Room:This is something that needs to be done about twice a year. Let your kids go through their clothes, toys, video games, etc and out goes anything they are no longer interested in.
5.Bathroom:We know how cluttered and overflowing those vanities and medicine chests can get. Go through all those goodies, and if it has hardened, softened or changed color, get rid of it!
6.Linen Closet:Towels, sheets, curtains, etc, are also things that need to be periodically sorted and tossed.
7.Under Your Bed:This part of the decluttering can be quite scary. Proceed with caution and always have a weapon, such as broom, vacuum cleaner or bug spray with you!
8.Organize:There are so many great products these days that hold everything. Get some inexpensive plastic boxes and neatly store all your items that are not in display or not used daily. You can get small ones in the dollar stores to organize your CDs, use them in your pantry or cupboards, store odd and ends, letters, papers, you name it!
9.Throw Out the Old:One thing you must absolutely remember when decluttering is you have to THROW AWAY the NOT USED or WANTED. DO NOT just take everything out and rearrange!That is a temporary solution and is not sufficient!
10.Everything in its Place:Once you have everything decluttered and organized, get everyone to keep everything in its place and your home will remain organized and clutter free forever–or at least until the next Spring Cleaning ritual.