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Tips to Declutter Your Home Get Organized

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.

Declutter Tips from the Supermom New Year New You Challenge

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.

Declutter Tips from the Supermom New Year New You Challenge

Look for these donatable items to declutter:

  • DVDs/CDs/VHS
  • Cookware
  • Clothes
  • Linens
  • Books
  • Shoes
  • Luggage/Purses/Tote Bags
  • Furniture
  • Shelving
  • Appliances
  • Pet items
  • Toys
  • Games
  • Electronics

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.

Declutter Tips from the Supermom New Year New You Challenge

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:

  • Magazines
  • Boxes
  • Newspapers
  • 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.

Declutter Tips from the Supermom New Year New You Challenge

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.

Declutter Tips from the Supermom New Year New You Challenge

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!

 

 

Comments

  1. I used the website Decluttr to sell the DVDs I never watch – I made $5. I used Poshmark to sell the clothing I never wear – I made $100. Decluttering is my favorite sport!

  2. Yes! I can never say no to a decluttering post. I try to declutter several times a year and I live as much of a minimalist as I can. I think everything in the house should have a function and if something’s just lying there, it’s one of my pet peeves!

  3. These are such helpful tips! I’m a very oc person so I tend to declutter a lot and I wholly agree with your tips here 😀 It will surely be of help to others!

  4. We donate pretty frequently – about 3-4 times a year. I am very organized and somewhat of a minimalist. I can’t stand clutter! I have a few garbage bags in the basement ready to go so whenever If I find something I don’t use or old clothing I go right downstairs and throw it in the bags!

  5. These are such great tips. I really need to declutter. I need to start with my kids toys and clothes. I also need to get rid of unused bags and tupperware. I have so much stuff that I could get rid of. I just need to find the time.

  6. I have been decluttering a lot lately and found that a great place to share these things are at swap meets. The funny thing is, when others get rid of old cds and dvds they no longer need, it is like a treasure for me. I love that.

  7. Awesome post! I am all for keeping a home nice and tidy. Since I work from home if my house is a mess I can’t concentrate because I have to stop what I’m attempting to do and straighten up first. Thanks for sharing this post.

  8. Every new year I seem to have a big desire to declutter. I’m usually pretty good about staying on top of unwanted items throughout the year, but the new year makes me want a fresh palette all around. I think it is the chaos of the holiday season. These tips are so helpful!

  9. Excellent tips. I’m knee deep in doing this too. I’m ready for everything to be organized.

  10. Oh these decluttering ideas are speaking to me! How I need more organization in my life and to certainly rid some areas of my home with things I don’t need anymore. Excellent tips!

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