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5 Things To Keep In Mind While You De-Clutter Your Home
Dated: January 14 2021
A new year means new motivation, and we're here to help! There's nothing quite like creating a de-cluttered home environment - it makes daily cleaning easier, it eases anxiety, and it makes being at home just feel nicer. At the Josh Hanoud Team, we've all been working on clearing our spaces, and we wanted to share a few tips and tricks that we have found to be super helpful. So here you go, 5 things to keep in mind while you de-clutter!
1. Use the basket method.
Have four baskets ready:
Put Away: Place items here that have wandered out of their designated spaces, or that need to be assigned a designated space.
Donations: If you no longer need something but someone else might, toss it into this basket. This can include old towels and blankets (animal shelters always welcome these items!)
Recycle: Anything that you want to toss out that can't be donated and is made of recyclable material goes here.
Trash: Toss anything that you no longer need and can't be donated or recycled.
2. Clean Up First
Before you actually begin identifying which items to put where, take the time to clean up. Wash dirty dishes, do a couple loads of laundry, and wipe down surfaces. This way, you can focus solely on de-cluttering and not cleaning as you go.
3. Take it one room at a time.
Or even one section at a time! Idetify which room you want to start with, and then break it down into sections. Starting with the bedroom? Go through your dresser first, sorting through clothes that are trash, donations, or keeper items. Fold all the items you're keeping and put them away neatly. Then, move onto your side table, your closet, etc. Don't go into it looking at the whole house - it can seem overwhelming. One step at a time!
4. Every Item Needs A "Home"
Whether that home is a rubbermade bin tucked under the bed, or in a display cabinet for all to see, every item needs a home where it can be put away after use. This not only helps to de-clutter your space, but also helps you know where you can find things right away when you need them next. If you find yourself with limited space, hanging shelves up on the wall is an excellent way to create a bit of extra storage.
5. Take Your Time!
Our lives are busy, and de-cluttering doesn't have to be a race against time. Schedule whatever time you have to spare into your planner and stick to it. Even if you can only manage one room a week, seeing the improvement in each space over time will encourage you to keep going. Just don't forget to follow the previous four tips as you go!
And for a bonus tip...
Alright, here's a bonus tip that isn't necessarily de-cluttering, but it can make your space appear that way in a pinch. Use furniture that can easily hide some clutter, like a rolltop desk or a stow-away coffee table. They look great and can hide away typical clutter-filled spaces. No more worrying that your office supplies aren't all neatly tucked away when a friend drops by for a visit!
And that's it! Now you can come home and enjoy your space rather than feeling overwhelmed by all the household things you have to do after a day of work. We hope this helped, let us know if you have any tried-and-true methods that have helped you stay organized!
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