Take on the New Year New You Challenge and use these tips to declutter your home. Improve yourself one task at a time and make life easier while using the new year as a fresh start.
I have always wanted to be organized and I used to think that required constant cleaning of my home. I now know that proper organization could never happen until I made a real attempt to declutter and get rid of the excess items that are clogging up my home.
As I went through all of the stacks of magazines, books, movies, and other random things I have accumulated over the years, I decided that my attempt to declutter can be a blessing for someone else.
I made three piles, one for trash, one for keeping, and one for donating to a local thrift store or local family.
It makes going through your things a little easier knowing that there is another family out there that can benefit from your work.
The items you donate don’t have to necessarily be family related items either, when you donate to a local thrift store that puts money back into the community it doesn’t matter who can use the item, what matters is that the items can be resold.
So be sure to donate any reusable items you come across when you declutter and don’t throw it away if it is in good condition.
One thing that I have seemed to accumulate over the years is pot and pan lids. Most of them don’t even fit the pots and pans I have while others just never get used. So I weeded out the ones I would never use and put them in the donate pile.
I also came across some kitchen appliances and cookware that I haven’t touched in years. I decided it was time to declutter and to donate the excess items in my kitchen.
Look for these donatable items to declutter:
- Luggage/Purses/Tote Bags
- Pet items
Not only will your home be easier to keep clean and organized but you be able to help someone improve their life in the process.
Then of course there are those piles of junk that nobody wants yet for some reason you have hung onto them for years.
You need to keep the big picture in mind and let go of these things that clutter your home. It can pile up quick, even with the best intentions like planning a craft project that may never happen, you probably have some useless things taking up space.
Some items just aren’t worth saving, so toss them while you are in declutter mode.
These items may include:
- Expired canned goods
- Twisties ties/rubber bands
- Old remote controls
- Batteries that no longer work
- Old tattered clothing
- Phone books (who needs those anymore?)
- Wires and old cell phone chargers
- Storage container’s that have no lids
- Broken Nick Nacks
A goldmine of useless items can be found when you declutter your junk drawer.
Check out my post on how to do this for only one dollar here.
Another problem area in my home is the closets. My entire family has way more clothing than we will ever wear.
I think a big problem for us is letting go of the clothes that have a memory attached but in order to declutter your home, you have to be willing to get rid of things that you have been hanging onto forever.
I like to make crafts out of old clothes which only gives me a reason to hang onto clothing longer so I have a new rule, if I won’t be making the craft in the next month, I get rid of the clothes. This helps me keep my closet organized and allows me to actually find the clothes I am looking for each day.
One of the most common issues with clutter seems to be paper products. Files, bills, mail, and receipts are often kept long after they are of any use and there are a couple of different ways to deal with this issue.
Organizing a system that will store items in order of dates will allow you to declutter annually and keep you from hanging onto unnecessary items that will make it hard to stay organized. Keep items like receipts or bills in boxes to make sure they don’t get mixed up with items that need to be sorted through more often.
Lastly, if you are really worried about throwing away paper items, you can always snap a picture of the important details to make storing these items neater and easier to manage.
Do you have any tips to help others declutter their homes and get organized? Please leave a comment below with your best tips!