Declutter Your House in 3 Easy Steps
Want to declutter your whole house in 3 easy steps? Well, let’s get started.
In recent months, I have been doing a lot of decluttering, which has simplified my life in so many ways. I wanted to share some of the ways I’ve been organizing everything without wasting too much time doing so.
This is by no means an exhaustive guide to decluttering, however, it is a good place to start especially if you have a lot of it to do. I go through the three major rooms and areas in the house: the bedrooms, the bathroom and the kitchen.
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Bedrooms & closet
When it comes to decluttering, the wardrobe is probably the hardest one to do for most people simply because it’s so hard for us to part with some of our clothes.
The principle of less is more definitely applies here. Bear with me, I promise it’s not as bad as it sounds.
There’s a lot to be said for being a little brutal when it comes to discarding, donating or selling clothing items we don’t use or don’t absolutely love.
The whole process of cleaning out your wardrobe and making space for the clothes that you absolutely love and are essential to you has so many benefits.
Firstly, you will save more time just because you don’t need to look far to find what you need and love to wear, be it in the morning or at night.
You’ll also find it easier to choose an outfit because you’re no longer faced with a whole closet full of stuff that is unsuitable to wear for various reasons.
I can’t tell you how much cutting back on the number of clothes I have to about 40 items has changed my life. Less is more. Less chaos, and more time for the important things in life. And isn’t that what we all want?
Step 1: Go through your closet and sort items into three separate categories. Use any old boxes to give them a place for now.
“Keep” box: Items on the keep list should be clothes that you absolutely love and still wear regularly.
“Donate or sell” box: Items in this box should be stuff that you haven’t worn in more than 6 months, no longer enjoy wearing, and/or may no longer be in the best condition. Some may not even be worth donating and just need to be tossed out. There are also ways you can recycle those items instead of tossing them.
“Maybe” box: This box is for the items you’re not too sure you want to part with. Keep them folded and stored away in a box for 3 months and get rid of anything you don’t use after that time period.
Declutter your bathrooms & vanity cabinets
Step 2: Decide what needs to go and what needs to stay.
Clear out the bathroom bench top & cabinets, and throw out items that are no longer of use or are past use-by date. Especially if you’re a product junkie, you will find several of these items that need to be discarded. This includes:
- Hair products
- Skin care products
- Cleaning products
- Anything you haven’t used in the last 6 months is probably out of date and /or possibly no longer necessary
Step 3: Sort out items into categories
Now that we have sorted what needs to stay and what needs to go, it’s time to organize those useful items you are left with into sensible categories and give them a place. I like to put them into two categories: daily use versus less often.
Daily Use: Products that you use on a daily basis such as toothpaste & brush, facial cleanser, and some essential makeup products.
Less Often: Products and items you use less often like hair & skin masks/treatments, hair dryer, nail polish etc.
Deciding what items you use frequently versus less often is really a personal thing. For example, I know I don’t use my liquid foundation daily so I can keep that out of immediate reach and visibility within the bathroom cabinets.
The fewer items on the bench top, the more organized and simplified it looks. I love the aesthetic look of a simple bathroom. It’s so calming and beautiful.
I also find organizing items in this way helps keep things clutter-free for longer because I’m not rummaging through everything trying to find the stuff I use daily versus the stuff I use less often. It’s also easier on the mind as it is a useful system for keeping things orderly and simple.
This is where finding the right storage containers can come in handy. If you don’t have a lot of room in your bathroom, it can come in really useful to have a nice bathroom caddy to keep all bathroom cleaning products in one place.
Bathroom products and items are not too difficult to declutter if each type of product is organized into a specific area. So, if you have a lot of jewellery, it’s going to be easier to declutter when you have a jewellery stand for it. It makes things quicker.
The same thing goes for makeup-lovers. I use a cheap simple makeup organizer like this one and I can’t tell you how much tidier it makes everything else look.
Declutter your kitchen and dining room
Decluttering the kitchen can be quite honestly overwhelming and frustrating. Depending on when you last organized it, decluttering your kitchen may seem like a mountain of work to do.
It may take time and you may find yourself moving from one area to another within the kitchen simply because everything is all over the place.
It’s so easy to accumulate food items that have expired or were forgotten about in the pantry and the fridge. So get your garbage bags ready, because there may be a whole lot of throwing out to do. It will be helpful to focus on only one shelf or area at a time and shut out everything else.
Once you’re done with that shelf, move on to the next. Pace yourself as it may not be possible to clear out the pantry, the refrigerator and every other space in the kitchen in one day.
If you haven’t already got a system for your pantry, for example, labeling items and storing them correctly, create one after decluttering.
Remember, the best way to avoid clutter from accumulating is by keeping things in their allocated place as you have started doing so while decluttering.
By simply returning items to where they belong on a daily basis and throwing out used or out of date foods, you will be able to maintain a clutter-free home that won’t require frequent intense decluttering sessions.
Use a system that works
Sometimes, there is just so much clutter that has accumulated over months and months, it’s hard to know where to begin.
This is where a simple home organisation system will help you declutter in the most time-efficient way possible.
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