How to start Decluttering your home

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What To Do

Get rid of something once a week

Getting rid of something once a week will begin the habit of decluttering.

Creating habits can be a good thing, it trains your mind to do something almost like a ritual.

Get control of the toys

Easier said than done, I know. Trust me.

At least once a week I find my self back at the toy area making it to where it’s not a land mine.

It bothers me after a while and I can’t stand to see the toys piled up and the floor like a minefield. Nope.

Use baskets to get organized

Baskets are a surefire way to get things organized.

The most ideal place for baskets are:

  • under the kitchen sink
  • remotes
  • cell phone and tablet chargers
  • mail
  • toys
  • makeup
  • toiletries

There is probably a way to use baskets for everything, with the options available the possibilities are endless.

What Not To Do

Hang on to papers like junk mail and ads

This one is a killer, keeping the junk mail and the flyers that come in the mail are literally pointless when you don’t actually look through it.

Get rid of them as soon as you finish looking through them, especially if you already finished your grocery shopping.

Clothing you haven’t worn in years

We all have those pants or shirts hanging out in the closet or drawer that’s been getting pushed around for lord knows how long.

Get rid of it, depending on the condition either throw it away or donate it.

You might think you’ll eventually wear it, but those chances are very slim.

Product packaging

The box from the laptop, coffee pot, and the toys are laying around.

I’m guilty of this, for some reason I think I’ll need the product packaging but never end up using it.

This takes up unnecessary space and just another item that gets pushed or moved from side to side.

Broken or useless wires

Everyone has that box of wires that just pile up.

Different phones, extra cords, there’s a ton of different circumstances.

Within a year you find yourself with an overwhelming amount of cords that you have no idea what to do with.

They just get in the way most of the time.

The best way to start dealing with this is to get rid of cords you have for electronics you don’t have anymore.

Old makeup 

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That old container of foundation or mascara you don’t like but you don’t want to get rid of it because it might have cost a pretty penny.

The problem with this mindset is you end up piling up all this makeup that just gets in the way that you never end up using. 

The best thing to do is just part ways with it, especially if it’s been opened.

There is a shelf life on all cosmetics, believe it or not.

 

 

 

 

 

Coats and hoodies

Depending on where you live, you may have a plethora of hoodies and coats for winter and fall.

Here, in northeast Ohio hoodie weather can appear at any time.

Over time you find yourself with too many hoodies or coats, which can take up too much space.

The Take-Away

Decluttering is something that is necessary for everyone.

It has to be done, sometimes it can be difficult to figure out where to start.

Begin by focusing on smaller tasks like junk mail and ads you get in the mail.

Eventually, move to getting rid of one thing every week.

Sure, there are many tips on decluttering out there, but where to start can be difficult to find.

 

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Cassie 🙂

Hi there! I'm Cassie, a mom to three wonderful children. I blog and potty train by day, and work third shift full time by night. I help moms like you by finding ways to save money and keep life organized.

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