Do you sometimes find it difficult to look at your surroundings? Do you clean your house only to find that it still looks unkempt? There’s nothing worse than having a house full of clutter to bring you down. Today I’m going to share with you simple strategies for de-cluttering specific areas of your house in quick and efficient ways.
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Are you feeling like maybe you have too much stuff?
If you’re like me, then it seems that everywhere you look there is something shoved somewhere it doesn’t belong. You know it’s bad when you can’t even find a home for stuff so it just sits there on your kitchen table or on the floor.
Are you ready to do something about it?
Did you just say yes,
Are you thinking you don’t have the time? Or maybe you just can’t find the motivation?
I get it.
But the best thing about these strategies is that you can do them in small bite-sized chunks of time that even the busiest of us can manage to do.
If motivation is your issue(it’s totally mine) then you need to check out the images below. Then imagine your space looking like the spaces in those images. They can look that organized and you can do it!
Simple De-cluttering ideas: 15 minute Solutions By Room:
- Pick up dirty clothes & put in a hamper or pile to take to the laundry room
- Pick up clean clothes, put away where they belong
- Throw away trash
- Take dishes to the sink
- Make the bed
- Put away shoes
- Put miscellaneous items into drawers with organizers or baskets/totes on shelves
- Label drawers and totes
- Use a hanging shoe organizer hung on the backside of the door to store brushes, curling irons, large bottles, etc.
- OR Use command hooks inside cupboard doors to hold curling irons or brushes
- Place your sanitary items in a pretty basket or organizer and place into the cupboard on a shelf
- Roll face cloths and hand towels and place in baskets hanging on the wall
- Place hair accessories in totes or organizers under the sink
- Use drawer organizers or cut up cereal boxes to keep makeup clean and organized
- Throw away any makeup not used for 6 months and anything expired
- take everything out one shelf at a time, wipe down shelf and food containers, replace items into the fridge before moving on to the next shelf or drawer.
- Toss out any expired or old food
- When placing items back into the fridge, put like items together
- Label drawers
- Empty all boxes and bags(cereal, rice, pasta, chips, etc.) into clear containers with lids
- Label each container
- Place largest items on the bottom and tallest items on the top
- Use wire baskets to keep small or loose items together
- Put appliances that are rarely used into a cupboard or on a shelf in your pantry or garage
- Only leave essentials out on the counter such as a paper towel holder, toaster, coffee maker, etc.
- Wipe down all surfaces including high shelves and knobs
- Remove any and all paperwork, either put it in a basket for filing or paying, or recycle it.
- Put keys where they belong – get a dish or key hanger and put it near where you come in the house
- Put medicine away
- Put trinkets and random stuff where it belongs, if unnecessary then throw it out
- Throw away trash and old receipts
- Under the sink
- Use plastic containers or baskets to keep cleaners together – this will make it easier to pull out to reach the stuff in the back
- Keep sponges, brushes, and other tools in a container or basket too
- Toss out old rags or sponges
- Use drawer organizers in any drawer that have more than one type of item in it which is likely all of them
- Go through mail piles and organize them into four different piles
- Other such as coupons or ads you want to keep
- Then go through each of those piles and either file, shred, trash, or place in a desk paper organizer.
- Use desk organizers such as a pen cup, file holder, and a paper tray
- Keep on a tray on your desk for daily mail and receipts to keep them from gathering on your kitchen counter, go through it once a week.
- Use drawer organizers for small items or a tabletop drawer system if you don’t have any drawers
- Keep a calendar whiteboard on the wall to keep your schedule in an easy to find place
Here are a few items we recommend
- Remove anything that doesn’t belong, take those items to their homes or throw away
- Fluff pillows and fold blankets
- Dust all surfaces
- Vacuum or sweep
- Pick up any pet toys and keep in a short basket in a corner
- Keep baskets or totes on the stairs labeled with the rooms where the items inside belong
- Place any items that are found or purchased for them in their respective tote
- Have each person carry their own basket up with them once a day, put the items where they belong, then return the basket to their step for future use
See? I told you these were going to be small actionable steps you can squeeze in between helping with homework and cooking dinner.
Just take each one as a step that can be completed in 15-20 minutes each. And be sure to only work on one at a time. That way if you are pulled away, you won’t have a big mess to come back to later.
Plus, as you work your way down the list, you’re going to feel great because you will see the progress you are making, little by little.
Decluttering your house doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
Breaking the tasks down into small digestible bites will:
- Help you get it done
- Keep the mess to a minimum
- Ensure you stay motivated
Take it room by room and work through each step until completed. Try to resist jumping around and doing a little in one room and a little in another. The satisfaction of completing an entire space will help to motivate you to keep going. If you skip around, you won’t be able to see the fruits of your labor.
If you wanna make it fun, try this(Yes! It can be fun!):
- Set a timer for 15 minutes and try to get the tasks down before it goes off
- Create a playlist of songs that last 15-20 minutes and try to finish before the last song is over
- Give yourself a reward for completing the task such as your favorite coffee drink, a long soak in the tub, or an hour to watch your favorite show
So which room are you going to tackle first? Leave us a comment below so we can cheer you on!
I’m going for the bathroom since it’s my least favorite room to clean…
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