As a mom, I know how difficult it can be to take care of a home when our schedules are constantly full. However, one thing that has helped me reduce my cleaning time greatly is having a non-cluttered home. The less things I have, the less I have to clean. So if you find that clutter is taking over your home, today I’m going to share with you 5 easy steps you can take to help you get rid of the excess.
5 Easy Steps To Help You Get Rid Of Clutter
1. Come up with a plan and follow through.
Decide how much time you want to dedicate to each project. I recommend 30-45 minutes minimum each day. It may not seem like a lot of time, but you’ll be surprised how much progress you can make. If you find that you can’t dedicate all that time at once, break it down into 15 minute increments throughout the day. If you truly look at how you spend your time, you’ll find that reducing things like chatting on Facebook will free up the time you’ll need to get started. Make sure you follow through and don’t negotiate this time with anything else. Visualize the end result to help keep you motivated. Whether is more space to make room for your baby or simply to have a de-cluttered home, make sure you don’t forget your ultimate goal.
2. De-clutter the surface areas in your least cluttered room.
Start by de-cluttering the surface areas. Why? Because it will give you instant gratification. You’ll see the progress you’re making and in turn, be motivated to keep going. I know some experts recommend starting out with the most cluttered room, but I disagree. I like to start out with the easiest room because I’ll get it done quicker. Just crossing that room off my list motivates me to keep going. I call it the snowball effect; you start with small progress and continue to build on that. Before you know it, you’ve made huge progress and there is no stopping you.
3. De-clutter some more.
After you’ve de-cluttered the surface areas of a room, move on to all other areas. These areas are your closet spaces, drawers, etc. Again, I recommend that you start with the area that needs the least attention and build from there. Don’t get comfortable with the fact that these areas are not typically visible to others. Remind yourself of how it makes you feel when you see it. I know that when my closet starts to get cluttered and messy it bothers me to even look in there. Keeping it de-cluttered not only makes me feel better, but also saves me a lot of time when I’m searching for something.
4. Sort it out.
This is probably the hardest step of all. I find that trying to figure out what gets to stay and what is going out, is the most time consuming process of de-cluttering. My motto is when in doubt toss it out! Don’t over think the process, if you don’t love it, immediately place it in the outgoing pile. If you do plan on keeping something, make sure you ask yourself the following three questions before you decide if it stays:
1. Did you use it in the last year? If no, out it goes. Yes? Go on to question #2.
2. Will you use it again? No, out it goes. Yes? Go on to question #3.
3. Can you live without it? Yes, out it goes. No, keep and find a home for it.
This will help you weed out any items that you may be holding on to for sentimental purposes.
5. Do it again.
Living clutter free is an ongoing process. I find that I have to go through my home and get rid of stuff a few times a year. For example; for Christmas the kids typically receive new toys and/or clothes, so I go through their old stuff and donate what’s not being used. This frees up space for the new things and keeps the clutter at bay. I also do this shortly after the school year ends and right after the summer season ends. It’s amazing how much stuff we accumulate in a short amount of time. Staying on top of it will make the de-cluttering process easier and help keep your home clutter free.
To help you with the process I’m sharing a free printable that will help you with the de-cluttering process. Simply click on the image below to download.
Do you find that you struggle with clutter? What areas do you struggle with the most?
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