Ways to declutter your home

September 23, 2022

Cleaning will soon be upon us and you know what that means: more time to spend outdoors! Of course, though, you also want your home to be as clean as possible when you start enjoying those days. Read on to find out how it’s done!

1) Gather your supplies 🧹🧺

You’ll need to gather a few tools that will make it easier to declutter your home. A vacuum cleaner and broom will allow you get into all of those nooks and crannies, while a few trash bags (tall kitchen or tall outdoor bags) will allow you to remove excess waste. 

You might also want boxes in various sizes, which can be useful if you’re planning on donating any items. Label the boxes with permanent marker so that you know what goes where. And finally, don't forget the cleaning products: dish soap and laundry detergent are two essentials that will come in handy when cleaning up the house!

2) Remove everything from cabinets, drawers, counters etc.📦

If you don’t use it, lose it. If you haven’t used something in a year or two, go ahead and throw it out. If that means every drawer, shelf and cabinet in your home is empty, so be it. Letting go of things is part of decluttering—but remember not to get rid of anything you may need later on down the road. Keep must haves in a storage area so they're ready to be pulled out when needed.

3) Clear items from floor area as well🧹

The easiest way to rid yourself of clutter is by purging your floor area of things you don’t need. Take everything off your kitchen table, coffee table, end tables, bedside table and nightstands. Then assess whether each item belongs in your home at all—and if not, how can you properly dispose of it? 

You might want to start with a few larger items (couch pillows or old blankets), which will make it easier to see what else needs clearing from that zone. Work on one task at a time, starting with the one closest to where you are standing. 

Once your floor is clear, you can pick up other nearby small items like clothes and papers that are on chairs or ottomans, then move on to cleaning the other zones in the room.

4) Organize items back into storage areas📚

When you’re done with a pile of stuff, put it back where it goes. Whether that’s in your drawers, on a shelf, or in a box in your closet, keep things where they belong after each use. For example, if you’ve been doing projects around your house and have taken stuff out of your garage and piled it up in random places throughout your home—put everything back once you’re done with them. 

If you've been sorting through old clothes and shoes, return those items to their respective closets. If there are piles of toys in every room, set them up in one designated area instead so that they're easier to clean and less likely to be scattered all over the place.

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