Top 5 Tips for Decluttering Your Home

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With spring approaching, now is the perfect time to declutter your home! Start by asking yourself, “What are my goals? More work space? Storage space? Simplify my life?” Your answers will focus your efforts. Create a strategy with goals and deadlines, but be flexible. Instead of tackling the whole house at once, start with one room or one category, such as clothes, toys, or books. Then follow these five easy steps:

Gather it all out in the open. For example, open your closet doors or put your clothes on your bed. Keep clothes you’ve worn recently and those you’ll definitely wear next summer, winter, etc. Remove clothes you never wear and decide to donate or discard them. In the pandemic, many of us haven’t worn best dress for many months, so of course don’t discard clothes you intend to wear in normal times.

Clean, repair, donate, or discard. If you’re keeping or donating an item, such as clothes or a toy, clean or repair it, as needed. Take items you’re donating to Goodwill or other charitable organization, homeless shelter, library, etc.—call first to see what they’ll accept. Or do a yard sale to dispose of some items.

Everything should have a place. Tips 3 and 4 go together: Be creative as you think about where your items should be and how you’ll store them. Do you want all toys to be in one room, or could some of them be in basement storage, to be rotated? Should winter clothes be stored separately from summer clothes?

Consider your storage options. Check online and at Walmart, Ikea, Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc., for storage and organization systems, such as shelving, baskets, bins, etc. Ask your friends what works for them.

Work in small increments. Weekends are great for tackling major projects, but you can also take 10 or 15 minutes on weekdays to do smaller jobs—very satisfying to check these off your list! For example:

  • Bathroom: Put away unnecessary items on countertops; straighten open displays; relocate items that don’t belong in the bathroom; and discard outdated and unused items.
  • Kitchen: Straighten food items as they are or regroup food by type; wipe up spills or dust on shelves; straighten insides of open shelving or most frequently used cabinets and drawers; and relocate items to where they’ll be most accessible when needed.

We hope these few tips will help you enjoy your great home even more!

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