Friday, April 13, 2018

How to Declutter your home for Spring

It's the time of year to clean,
clear out the clutter and
get your home free of junk!

That's really easy to say,
but not so easy to do!

Where does one start when faced with an area,
a room or even a house that needs decluttering?

How to Declutter for Spring, clean up any area in your home with these tips

If you want to declutter
and don't know where to begin,
let me tell you my process for
clearing out closets, drawers and everything else.

First of all,

Get 3 boxes, baskets or even blankets
and put a sign on each one.
Put the 3 baskets into the room that you are cleaning.

Start with one pile (or drawer),
in one corner, in one room.

Go through each and every item.
Make a quick decision and put it into
one of 3 baskets:

Keep, Donate or Toss.

Don't take too long to think about where
to put each item.
You can evaluate again later.


Items to keep:
items that you currently use, 
items that you have a plan for using,
or items that are sentimental.

All keep items MUST have a place to
go, or you cannot keep them.


Items to donate: 
items that are in decent condition
but are no longer useful in your home
such as:  toys, games,
clothes that no longer fit or that are no longer worn,
housewares, furniture, decor, dishes, etc.

A good rule of thumb is to donate
anything that you 
have not used in one year.

If the item in your donate pile is in 
great condition,
you could try selling it in on a Facebook sale page.


Throw away anything broken,
out of date or non repairable.


After the initial sort,
go through your keep pile again.  
It will most likely be the biggest
because we get emotionally attached to our possessions.

Go through the pile a few times 
and pare down the items you would like to keep 
and those you can part with.

Keep in mind the space 
that you will use to store the keep items.

If you have sentimental attachment to things,
but don't have the room to store them,
take a photo and then donate the actual item.
It's the memory of the item you want to hang
on to, not necessarily the stuff.

I am a fairly sentimental person,
so I have to be very intentional with the stuff I save!

My kids each have 2 totes.
One is full of sentimental baby/child items.
The other is filled with file folders for documents and papers.
That's it.

I am also working on paring down
the amount of home decor, holiday decor
and everything else that clogs up my house.


After you have finished going through the 
Keep pile, move to the donate pile.

It is important to 
take action on your donate pile
as soon as possible, or it will
become another pile, and you will 
have to go through this process again.

I bag my donate pile up immediately
and put it in my trunk.
Then I can go through the thrift store drop off
on my way to school pick up or other errands.


After you have taken care of your donate pile,
move to the trash pile.

Immediately bag all trash
and dispose of it.


Now you can move onto another area of your home.
Repeat this process over and over again
until you have cleaned everything!

clean house = clear mind!

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