January 28, 2019
So, you’ve decided that you’re not going to live in a disorganized home anymore. The following are 20 decluttering tips and best organization ideas to get you started:
The first step is to identify a day to begin your decluttering project. Weekends are a good idea, but not mandatory. Just make sure you have a day set aside for the job.
Decluttering on your own isn’t easy. A good idea is to enlist the assistance of your partner, kids, or friends. These people will help you work faster as well as provide useful ideas.
It’s simple: if you need it, keep it; if you don’t and won’t need it again, toss it; and if you don’t presently need it but may need it someday, store it.
Take a good look at your wardrobe and identify the clothes you rarely wear or those you no longer need. Give the ones in good condition to charity and toss the rest.
These include shopping bags, ripped wrapping paper, and crinkled gift ribbons. Since they rarely have any meaningful use, toss them all away. While at it, give away unused gifts too and throw the rest.
If you constantly set aside items to donate but still end up keeping them in the house for extended periods, you may end up with unnecessary clutter. Make it a habit to deliver them right away.
You may not believe this, but cluttered countertops and tables make the entire room feel disorganized. Take time to wipe these surfaces clean and clear them of unnecessary items.
You’re not going to throw away all your paperwork including bills, mail, and sentimental cards. So, find folders to store them in.
For receipts, the rule of thumb is to keep only those of large purchases such as sofas or a new air conditioner. Throw out the rest. As for tags of cloth tags and event tickets, toss everything.
Invitations that mark important memories are better saved for posterity. Put them away for safekeeping. The others that don’t mean much should end up in dust bin.
Expired over-the-counter drugs and prescriptions aren’t only a source of clutter but also a safety and health risk. Take this opportunity to throw them out too.
It might not be a good idea to keep them around for too long as they take the shine off your bathroom and may also be unhygienic. Take this opportunity to upgrade to a new set of fresh towels and rugs.
Often, drawers and shelves in the home carry all kinds of items (newspapers, magazines, books, music and video collections, etc), even ones we don’t need anymore. This is the time to throw away what you don’t need.
Broken plates, mugs, and other kitchenware aren’t helpful. Use this declutter time to weed out old, stained, chipped, and broken items.
Old nail polish can get messy and gross. Additionally, the colors in old nail polish tend to separate meaning that you may not get the desired results. So, it only makes sense to throw it away.
Its human nature to want to hold onto jewelry for as long as possible. However, you need to face the hard truth when these items might not help you again. Cut your losses and move on.
Things like TVs, home theaters, and phones, sometimes break down for good. When this happens, it’s wise to offer these items to recycling companies or dispose them safely. Otherwise, they become a health and safety risk.
It’s highly likely that there are items you’re not sure whether to keep or toss away. Keep these items in a separate box labelled “undecided” until you make a decision.
It’s recommended that you keep as few trash bags in the house as possible. To do this, make it a habit to take out trash whenever you encounter it. Don’t wait.
Decluttering is something you have to work into your daily habits. You’re more likely to see permanent results if you make it a routine. if you need help cleaning your house, Euro Maids of Naperville can help. Call us today at (630) 884-4208 to schedule your next cleaning service.
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