Whether you are planning to downsize, looking to simplify your life, or just want to get rid of all that extra stuff, decluttering is the perfect way to start fresh as the New Year quickly approaches. However, decluttering can often seem like a daunting task. You may ask yourself, “where do I start?”. No worries, we’ve broken it down for you below.
One Room at a Time
Like all good things, decluttering your space takes time. We often find that the easiest way to start is by completing one room before moving onto the next. Whether you start with your smallest or biggest room first, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment completing a room fully before moving onto the next.
Our tip? Start with the rooms that the majority of activities take place. Rooms such as the kitchen, bathroom, or living room are great starting points!
Trash & Recycling
To start out, begin sifting through the items that you no longer have any use for. And take this part seriously! Do you really need that jean jacket from 10 years ago, or those coffee mugs that have collected nothing but dust over the years?
Anything that is paper, plastic or glass, can be recycled. But all of that other stuff? Toss it! It might seem difficult at first but once it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind. In the end, you’ll be shocked by how much tidier your space looks when all of those miscellaneous items are put to rest.
Sometimes, no matter how organized you may feel you are, there are always a few extra items that make you think where does this even belong? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. That’s where storage bins, containers, and boxes come in handy.
Depending on how extra you’re feeling, you can put as much or as little into these storage containers as you need. Start with the obvious. In each room, collect the small items (we’re talking pens and pencils, work items, cleaning supplies, toiletries, etc.) to free up some surface space. Then, you can move onto the larger items. Pack up your clothes that aren’t currently in season, have a designated spot for your shoes, and more! The limit is endless.
Tackling Your Closet
We gave your closet a section of its own. For some, it’s the most dreaded part of the decluttering process. Start by separating your closet into clothing type. One by one, collect all of your shoes, dresses, denim, etc., to view at once. Then, decide what you do and don’t want to keep.
It will be much easier to decide what you want to keep versus what you want to toss when you’re looking at your entire shoe or jean collection at once. Whatever you decide to toss, put to the side for now. There are plenty of places you can donate these items. Always remember the bigger cause!
Next, refold and put everything back in the correct place. Maybe you had your jeans on various shelves before - now, you’ll have the room to put them all in the same spot. Slowly but surely, you’ll have the kind of closet they only show on HGTV.
Now that we’ve provided you with the basics, it’s your time to shine. Remember, all that clutter didn’t get there overnight, so take your time! By taking it room by room, you can slowly but surely tidy up your house and free yourself from any unwanted clutter before the New Year begins. Once your home is in tip-top shape, try and be mindful. Catch yourself before putting something in the wrong spot, throw away items you don’t plan on keeping, and train yourself to keep your space the way you’ve always envisioned. You’ve got this!
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