Declutter Your Home
Declutter Your Home
Designed by Tia Davis
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I am on a quest for a richer life and a simpler way of living, like my grandparents experienced. But where do I start and how do I get there? For me it begins with less. Less stuff, more space. Less clutter, more depth. I looked around my home the other day and realized why I felt like our house keeps getting smaller, closing in on us like a claustrophobic cottage. We keep adding stuff. (Granted, we did add two small boys to our little home. But still.)
I knew what I had to do. Declutter! So what’s this got to do with you? If you are like me - passionate about living a meaningful life filled with less quantity and more quality – then it’s time we tackle the clutter in our lives!
Declutter – a definition
Simply put, to “declutter” is to methodically clear out any and all items from your home or living space that you don’t: love, use regularly, or need. I will add a small side note here: other areas in your life can become cluttered too; such as relationships, online social media, task lists and even your daily thought life. But I’ll save those topics for another time and focus on the physical world to give us an easy starting point. I have found that as I declutter my physical life, often my thought life and emotional life becomes less cluttered too. (Don’t ask me how. It just works.)
I adopted most of my decluttering skills and tools from Flylady.net. But there are many great online resources available that will give you a solid foundation and methods for how to declutter and clean your home. Flylady.net just happens to be a fun and lighthearted site that gets to the root of clutter and cleaning chaos fast, and gives you creative ways to tackle your mess wherever it may be.
The key word to decluttering is - simplify. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was your clutter. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by what you see. Otherwise you may never start. Start small and celebrate small successes. Don’t get discouraged by the big picture. With all that in mind: here are some tips for where and how to start.
Choose one counter in your kitchen each day and clear it off. Put everything away that is non-essential. If the counter is home to your toaster or coffee pot and you use it every day – it can stay. But everything else needs a home. Your goal is to have as many clean flat surfaces as possible. When I say “choose one each day” I mean JUST ONE. Otherwise you might get over tired or overwhelmed. Avoid both.
Living Room or Family Room
Set a timer for 10 minutes and gather up as much stuff as you can. Anything that doesn’t truly belong in the living room needs a home/shelf/cupboard. If it doesn’t have a home, you don’t love it or don’t use it often – donate it or chuck it. You could also use the timer method for the kids’ rooms or a play room.
Closets and Pantry
Following along the same lines as the counter method for the kitchen, choose one shelf in your closet or pantry and pull out anything and everything that doesn’t belong. Pull out every non-essential item and leave the shelf looking neat and tidy. (This is an area I have to work on. I’m a pilot…I like to pile-it on random shelves and shut the door.)
In the bathroom – tackle the medicine cabinet or the under-sink cabinet, but not both at once. Just do one at a time, one day at a time. Remove every prescription, container, make-up bottle or mascara tube that is either expired or crusty! Truly – it’s a safety issue.
Now that you have a couple of ideas of where to begin and how to declutter, there is no reason not to start working your way to a simpler, more meaningful life in a clutter free home! Remember to take it slow and enjoy the experience. Simplifying life is a constant journey for me, one that I may never achieve but I enjoy pursuing.
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