How to Get Rid of Clutter
A clutter-free kid’s room, clutter free kitchen, and a clutter free living room sound dreamy, right?
It’s totally possible…even for the busiest of people!
I learned just how important a clutter-free life was 12 years ago.
12 years ago we moved to Southeast Asia.
Moving across the world forced me to decide what I truly needed to keep, toss, and give away.
Now, we live in America and I still follow the same clutter-free principles I learned there.
My house in SE Asia didn’t have closets or loads of storage room.
If our house becomes cluttered, (which it can — fast!) stress and frustration follow.
To keep clutter far away, I normally do a clutter bust every three months.
This way, clutter never becomes overwhelming.
How to DeClutter the Easy Way
Adding a de-clutter day to the calendar is the foundation for all the tips below.
Go ahead and pencil a day in on your calendar.
That day will be devoted to getting rid of clutter in your house.
Choose any day.
Go ahead…I’ll wait. :)
Alrighty, let’s move along!
Now that you penciled in a de-clutter day on your calendar you HAVE to stay committed.
Pinky promise me you will?
I wouldn’t be so pushy about this, but here’s the reality.
Letting our homes get cluttered can crush our creativity, drain our energy, and even make us lose money!
That’s truly a lose-lose situation.
I don’t want that to happen to you, my neighbor, my family or even my dog named Sophia.
We even have a spot for her things…ha!
For many of us clutter has been a way of life for so many years.
And it’s hard to make a huge lifestyle change, isn’t it?
But learning to become clutter-free is truly invigorating, freeing and creates a fresh, exciting atmosphere in your home!
From one mom to another, please believe me when I tell you that clutter is one of your worst enemies.
The sooner you get rid of it, the better.
I’m going to break down this freedom from clutter list super easy and simple because that’s what busy moms need.
We have enough on our minds without having to brainstorm just how to attack our clutter.
Be sure to print out your free printable freedom from clutter guide here.
Let’s simplify your life right now and make the old, trite phrase, “Out with the old, in with the new,” part of your freedom from clutter motto.
How to Get DeClutter Your House
Toss the toys.
Kids are going to be more apt to hand over their broken, seldom used toys after the holidays.
Take this golden opportunity to declutter the house of these space-stealing objects.
Plus, you can use this toy hack my son came up with!
To make things simple, sometimes I tell my kids we are tossing toys until every single toy can fit in the the toy box can close.
Or you can be the FUN mom and try our Toy switcharoos plan!
It comes with fun printables so switching out toys isn’t boring or sad!
You an also encourage friend and family to buy your kids non-toy gifts for birthdays and Christmas.
After you de-clutter toys, attack the closets.
Once you de-clutter the closet, you can use our closet cleaning guide to get your closet in tip top shape!
When de-cluttering your closet, get rid of clothes that don’t fit correctly, no one ever wears, are stained, torn ,or are simply unacceptable.
Let them go.
Clothes can take up space and become an unneeded hassle.
Re-evaluate holiday decor.
Any burned out lights, outdated decor, or something your heart is just not in tune with, get rid of it!
You have to store holiday gift wrap somewhere, so get rid of the holiday decor and extras you do not really enjoy!
They are just things.
Aunt Gertrude is not going to roll over in her grave because you tossed her handmade Christmas stockings to the curb!
Yes, keep some things for heirlooms — but not everything!
Visit the kitchen.
Remember the Tupperware that hasn’t had a lid in 6 years?
Yep, that one.
Get rid of the rusted cookie cutters.
Donate the ugly patterned dish platter that someone else may treasure.
If it is not to your liking, send it out the door to find a more suitable home.
Let your kitchen reflect who you really are by investing in the actual dishes and decor you enjoy.
Like this set I absolutely love — now they’re worth keeping!
Face the linens.
Got any old wash cloths or bedskirts that don’t match anything?
If you cannot reuse them for another project, let them go!
Why fumble through the same old things to get to the stuff you really like using?
If you haven’t used that faded green towel in three years, why keep it?
If you have an irregular-shaped sheet set that doesn’t fit any of your beds, why waste valuable space in your closet?
Send it away!
Tip for linens : this is where I invest in the best! I always look for Sateen weave in a good high thread count. That gives me durable, comfortable, beautiful sheets! You can see what I mean here!
If you love your top sheets but don’t use them on your bed, read some creative ways you can use them here.
Make Your Home Clutter Free!
Cut back on shoes.
This is where it starts to hurt, right?
But moms, do we really need 15 pairs of shoes for one set of feet? :)
Keep basic colors and styles that can match with almost anything — several casual, a few dressy, one pair of sneakers and one pair of slippers.
You’ll love the breathing room you’ll have when you finally de-clutter your shoes!
Hit the garage.
Old bikes, outside toys and paint cans?
Toss or give away.
Here’s a saying to keep in your mind: “If you haven’t used it in six months, let it go!”
Attack the office area.
During get busyness of life, sometimes we end up tossing junk mail, coupons and fliers into our business area.
Take the time to actually go through and weed out whatever papers you absolutely do not need.
If it’s possible to keep digital records in your office area, immediately make the provisions to do so.
Toss or digitalize.
Dig in the cabinets.
Have some utensil or miscellaneous cabinets or drawers around the house?
Open them up and take out every item.
Only keep what you’ll actually use.
Decluttering your house creates a cleaner more organized feeling in the entire home.
The items you just discarded will not be missed, but the newly, eye-appealing interior of your home will be a blessing to all who enter.
Let’s be honest!
It is never fun to have to wade through a person’s home to travel from room to room.
Too much stuff in your home only has unpleasant side effects.
Are You Going to Get Rid of Clutter?
Take time this week to decide which possessions your family actually wants and needs.
As you rearrange, organize, and declutter your home, prepare for less chaos, less frustration, less confusion, and a well-pleased family!
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