We all have those moments when we look around the home and think, “How did I end up with so much clutter, and how can I get rid of it”. Clutter happens to the best of us, and after a while, getting rid of the clutter can seem like an overwhelming task. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Today, we are going to look at some things you can do to declutter your home, and keep it that way so you don’t end up in the same mess in the future.
One of the biggest deterrents to decluttering a home is the idea of tackling everything at once. Rather than looking at everything as a whole, tackle the job one room at a time. In fact, you can even break it down further, and tackle different parts of each room. For instance, today you may clean out a closet. Tomorrow you can work on decluttering another part of the room. Before you know it, this room is completely decluttered, and you can move on to the next room. Instead of throwing things away, sell laptop and other stuff that is still in good condition.
Your bathroom can end up pretty cluttered. Just take a look inside your medicine chest. Chances are, it is full, and a lot of the things in it can be tossed. For instance, if there is expired medication, get rid of it. If there is an empty box that once held bandages, toss it. Get rid of old makeup and skin care products that are no longer being used. Get some attractive storage bins for makeup, hair care products and styling tools, cleaning products, etc. so everything has its place and isn’t making the room seem cluttered.
The kitchen is often the most cluttered room in the home, especially if you don’t have a lot of cupboard space. You need to get creative in the kitchen, and not just with your cooking. If there are drawers, designate them for various things: one for cutlery, one for plastic bags and wraps, one for recipes, one for junk, etc. Start hanging utensils, pots, and pans on the walls, so they have a place and are within easy reach when you need them. Get rid of small appliances that you are no longer using, such as those “as seen on TV” gadgets you just had to have but never use.
It isn’t just kids who often have messy bedrooms. Our bedrooms are often catch-all spaces for clothing at the end of the day, and if you have kids, there are probably clothing and toys strewn all over the place. Start by cleaning out the closets and dressers, and getting rid of clothing that is no longer being worn. Identify drawers for various items (socks, underwear, pants, t-shirts, etc.). For kids’ rooms, get some bins for toys, and set up a desk area so they have a place to study. Make sure there is a laundry basket in each bedroom, and encourage your kids to use them instead of their floors.
The entrances to your home often become cluttered with coats, boots, shoes, etc. Get a coat rack, or two, and put in a deacon’s bench to sit on while putting on boots (you can store a lot of seasonal items inside the bench). Set up shelves for shoes and boots, so they aren’t laying around on the floor, waiting to be tripped on by the next person who comes into the house. Set up wicker or wooden bins to hold things like hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves. If there is space, add a drying rack for items that are soaked after being worn in the rain or snow.