Declutter Your Home in 5 Easy Steps

We all have some sort of clutter in our lives, may it be physical clutter, digital clutter or just our minds being filled with too much thoughts. Throughout the year we will be exploring how to get rid of excessive clutter in different ways. But today I would like to reveal my number one decluttering secret…

By following these five easy steps, you and your family can get more organized and clean out that junk in an instant. Declutter Your Home in 5 Easy Steps - Simply Organize Life
In our family, I am the main culprit of gathering too much stuff. I cannot leave a hospice shop without buying a few magazines or books, I have way to much gift wrapping and scrap-booking supplies and I am pretty sure, that I have beauty products to last me a year!!! All these things can be a little overwhelming, especially if your husband is a minimalist.

You might be wondering, “So, how do you tame that clutter monster?” Well, to be honest, it’s quite simple really. Just follow these easy steps… 

// STEP 1 – GET A BASKET //

This is the one that we use!

Clutter Basket - Quick Declutter - Simply Organize Life

It doesn’t have to be over-sized, but it needs to be big enough to house a few larger items. Another idea is to get one of those plastic crates with the lid, which might look tidier. Your choice.

// STEP 2 – PLACE THE BASKET SOMEWHERE CENTRAL //

The basket must be placed somewhere central in your house, to serve as a daily reminder to add those unwanted things. This will keep you motivated and challenge you to fill it up, thus getting rid of more stuff. It won’t serve the same purpose if it’s hidden away, the basket needs to be visible.

If you have a bigger house, place a few baskets throughout the house, to make it as easy as possible to access them on a daily basis.

// STEP 3 – ADD STUFF TO THE BASKET, DAILY //

Great work! Now that you have your baskets all setup, you need to make it a habit to add items to it, on a daily basis. This can be done through making the following declarations:

“Whenever I have something in my hand that I know I will never use, I will add it to the basket.”
“Whenever I have finished reading a book or building a puzzle, I will add it to the basket.”
“Whenever I put on a piece of clothing, that I don’t like or know that I won’t wear again, I will add it to the basket.”

Now, make your own declaration, “Whenever {this} or {this} happens, I will add it to the basket.

I am sure you get the point, everything that you don’t need, want or know you will never use again!

ADD IT TO THE BASKET!

Full Clutter Basket - Quick Declutter - Simply Organize Life

// STEP 4 – GET RID OF THE STUFF //

This is the time to get creative, at the end of each week, take 5-10 minutes, and sort through all the baskets. Create a plan of action of how you will get rid of the stuff, here are a few examples:

  • Sell valuable items online.
  • Find a charity shop near your home and donate the items to them.
  • Give any old books, puzzles, games etc. to friends and family that might enjoy them.
  • Hold a yard sale {this might only be possible if you really have a lot of stuff you want to get rid of}.
  • Any old toys, baby products or maternity clothes can be sponsored to a woman in your community that really needs them.
  • Recycle old electronics or donate them someone that can actually use them.

One way I get rid of puzzles, that I have recently completed, is to pass it on to someone who shares my love for puzzle building. Not only do I get it out of the house, I also help others to enjoy it.

// STEP 5 – ENJOY A CLUTTER-FREE HOME //

There you have it, it really is that simple. An easy to follow guide to tame that clutter monster and enjoy a clutter-free home all year-round.

// EXTRA TIP – GET YOUR WHOLE FAMILY INVOLVED //

This is such a simple concept that can be a fun activity for the whole family. If you have kids, you can place a basket in their rooms’ and encourage them to add all those unwanted items like clothes that are too small, toys they don’t play with anymore, books they don’t read etc. This is a valuable life lesson to teach your kids. You can also make them apart of the donation process and teach them how to be charitable.

A little effort can go a long way…

5 Simple Steps To Declutter Your Home - Simply Organize Life

Do you have any tips or tricks to help you keep clutter at bay? I would love to hear from you.

I’m a 20-something city girl, with a passion for helping people to organize their lives. I am totally crazy about my husband, chocolates, cats and coffee. I love writing about anything that can simplify your life, so that you can enjoy the important stuff like family.

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