If you’ve got an hour to spare, it’s time to cut The Clutter! Learn how to declutter your home in just one hour.
I am a huge advocate of donating, throwing away and consolidating. I do not like to hold onto things I don’t love and it makes me crazy to see piles around my house. Not that I don’t have them, I just don’t like them! 🙂 Here are 5 ways for you to spend the next hour cutting the clutter in your home! Set a timer and spend about 20 minutes on each step.
How to declutter your home
- Closets: Take a quick look around the closet and ask yourself “What belongs in this closet?” Really think about how that closet should function in your home. Is it a coat closet? Master Closet? What should be in there? Is it your kid’s closet? Do toys go in there? School papers? What caused it to be cluttered? Pull out EVERYTHING that does not belong in there for its ideal use. Just because you don’t have anywhere else to put it, doesn’t mean it belongs here. Your goal should be to find a “home” for every single item in your house. This is crucial in learning how to declutter your home. Next, grab one garbage bag and go through your closet and grab anything you haven’t worn or used in the last 6 months and donate it! (Except seasonal items, of course!) The same goes for shoes, accessories, books, random products. Throw away any unused items that aren’t in good enough shape for donating Then, grab another garbage bag and fill it with your donations. Put it in your car to donate it next time you’re running errands.
- Pantry and Refrigerator: Take 20 minutes and throw out any expired products! Consolidate like items and toss things that have simply been in there too long. I know I have salad dressings in my fridge that we will never eat. I hate to be wasteful but if we are never going to eat it, it is not serving my family in the fridge taking up space. I also have a couple bottles of BBQ sauce that can be combined into one jar. Ketchup too. Wipe down the inside of your fridge and pantry shelves during this process.
- Bathrooms: Throw out old or unused products. Toothpaste, empty floss, old makeup, etc. Replace your families toothbrushes every 2-3 months or after someone in your family is sick! Restock toilet paper and bath towels. I always like to finish the bathroom off with wiping down the mirrors. It gives the room a “clean” look even if you haven’t scrubbed the room lately.
- Cleaning cabinet: Tidy up the cleaning cabinet by placing all your cleaning supplies together in a bin and keep your cleaning gloves, sponges, and brushes together. Instead of tossing old cleaning spray bottles, add water to them and store them for cleaning water in your emergency storage. Make sure to label them so they are used properly in the future.
- Kitchen: Open up your cabinets, donate the items you don’t use. Do you have 2 ice cream scoops? 3 different sets of measuring cups? You don’t need multiples of everything unless you’re a master baker; which I am NOT! 🙂 If you have lids that don’t go to anything, donate or recycle them! I do this in my laundry room every so often too.
Now you know exactly how to declutter your home during kid’s naptimes or on a weekend. Work quickly and efficiently and you will LOVE the results! The timer is your friend. 20 minutes each and I PROMISE you will feel SO good after. If you’re home needs a couple hours (not just one!) set aside 1 hour per week until you start to see and FEEL the results of a decluttered home.
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