Whether you are rejigging your home or just performing a routine clean-up to downsize your space to make your life a bit easier, decluttering the entire home can be physically and mentally demanding. To make things simple and easy to follow, try to do things in stages. For example, you can progress room by room and declutter items by their usefulness. That is to say, today, we will do exactly that and provide you with a step-by-step guide.
First thing first
Before you begin, you need to designate some containers with the role they will play in sorting the items.
A container for your regular items, one for recyclable items, another one for items to through away, and the last one for items that you want to donate.
It may not seem like much but start with making your bed. It will help your subconscious to better focus on the things you need to do next. Then move on to clean up the bedside table. Remove anything that may have been stored there for no specific reason. Put them in your regular item box to reorganize them in a proper fashion. This may include books you have finished reading already, pens and paper, and mail.
Throw out or recycle anything that you no longer use, such as empty tissue boxes, pens that have gone dry, coins, or chargers and earbuds that no longer work.
Do the same thing with all your storage in the bedroom including chests of drawers, top of your dressers, etc. About the clothes, if anything needs folding or hanging, put them straight in the regular items bin. Lay clothes on your bed if you fear wrinkling them. Then pull out anything that is no longer worn, and put it in your donation bin.
If there is a desk or vanity table in your bedroom, tackle that next by sorting and putting the items in their designated containers. Resist the urge to shove things back into drawers.
If you have cabinets installed in your bathrooms, start with them. Take everything out, and do a quick evaluation of what you are keeping and what you are tossing. For makeup, and skincare products, put everything you’re keeping back into the cabinet.
Now, do the same routine with your shower/tub. Finally, pull everything out from below your bathroom sink, and declutter the items there.
Lastly, everything that did not have a home can be quickly sorted into the five bins you have staged for the purpose.
Closet and Clothing
Okay, take a deep breath. I understand it can be hard for some people to keep their closets organized and properly sorted. The easiest way to tackle a closet is to categorically declutter the clothes. That is to say, start with the shoes, then shirts, and then jeans, etc.
It’s much easier to decide to toss or keep a pair of jeans if you’re looking at your entire jeans collection at once. So start pulling out different types of clothing, and decide what you’ll toss, keep, recycle, and donate.
Keeping your kitchen immaculate and neatly organized can be a challenge, especially if you are using it multiple times a day every day. The kitchen usually has many types of items stored in it. You can either declutter your kitchen by focusing on items by their categories (cutting boards, glassware, utensils, or bakeware, for example) or going by zone through each part of the kitchen.
Step 01: Completely empty each space and take a quick assessment to figure out what belongs where. Start with your main storage spaces, such as the pantry or upper cabinets. Then move onto the lower cabinets, drawers, and the space under the kitchen sink.
Step 02: Now focus on your countertop. Again apply the same rule. Keep everything that you need and use every time you use the kitchen. Otherwise, toss them away in the trash bin.
The Living Room
The living room in your home is where you live in your home and spend most of your time. That also means this space is the most used in your house. So it can be very challenging to keep it neat on a daily basis. On top of that, living rooms don’t usually offer a lot of storage features. You may have some bookcases and a TV console, but they don’t hide much.
One thing that you can do is designate a permanent space for the items in your living room. And make a routine to keep the space clean regularly. That way, you can keep the place in check every day.
Decluttering or downsizing your entire house can be a difficult task but with this routine, you can make the task easy and quick. So next time you decide to declutter your house, keep these home decluttering tips in mind to keep it hassle-free.