Have you found yourself wondering “How did I get so much stuff!” If this thought has crossed your mind chances are it’s time to declutter.
Over the years I’ve learned that life happens fast. As a busy mom, it’s not always feasible to stay clean and organized. Life happens and before you know it your home is an absolute mess.
Help is here.
Keep reading to find 10 ways to declutter every room of your home.
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Decluttering Tips for Hoarders
Decluttering doesn’t have to be overwhelming. These 10 simple tips can be used to declutter any room in your home.
Don’t worry if you don’t know where to start decluttering. Pick a room, take your time, and do one room at a time.
If you get overwhelmed or you need to do something else… no worries! Note where you left off and make plans to start again the next day.
Slow and steady will allow you to win the declutter race.
One: If you haven’t used it in one year get rid of it!
No matter how cool you think something is if you haven’t used it in a year then get rid of it. I was notorious for holding on to items that I thought I “might” use.
For example, I have this thing about keeping the boxes that my Apple Devices come in. After a few years, I noticed I had an entire corner and drawer in my bedroom filled with empty Apple packaging boxes that I never use for any reason.
Am I the only one who does this? Lol
I would find myself packing things like papers, letters, magazines, containers, and other random stuff in drawers or bins and not touching them for years. Finally, I came up with my one year rule.
If I haven’t used it in a year, it’s time to let it go.
Two: Throw away any broken or damaged items
It’s so easy to just take that broken heater that doesn’t work because the dog chewed the cord and put it to the side thinking… “I can get that fixed one day.” Three years later the heater is still tucked away in the corner just taking up space.
Just me again?
As you examine each room in your home, throw away any broken or damaged items. If a year has passed and you have not taken the time to send an item to be repaired, then let it go.
Three: Convert all DVDs and CDs to digital formats
Physical DVDs and CDs can take up a lot of space. It’s time to start streaming movies! If you have a large collection that you do not want to part with, try getting your collection converted to digital formats that can be stored in the cloud or on an external hard drive in your home.
Now, if you are a collector and your DVDs and CDs are stored neatly and are apart of your decor you can totally ignore this tip.
However, if you have a stack of DVDs pilled up in the corner… it’s time to go digital!
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Four: Go through all your clothes and donate items you can no longer wear
Closets are one of the first places where clutter starts to grow. It is super easy to accumulate tons of clothes as the years go by. This is especially true for kids as they are continuously growing out of their old clothes.
Go through your closets and donate any clothes that you no longer wear. This includes clothes that no longer fit and those that you just don’t find yourself wearing anymore.
Five: Place all important documents in printed form in one secure location
Documents in printed form can definitely add to the clutter in your home. This includes everything from newspapers to printed flyers, to paperwork from doctors. After you have read any printed material throw it away.
There are some documents such as insurance paperwork or bank papers that you may want to keep in a printed format in your home. Find a secure location in your home and place all documents in this location for safe keeping.
Six: Go through all storage areas and toss items you no longer use
We all have the “junk drawer” or “junk closet” that houses all of the random stuff that we happen to toss in those areas. While on your decluttering journey, go through all of your storage areas and get rid of anything you no longer use.
Seven: Clear items from all counters, tables, and dresser tops
Counters, tables, and dresser tops are common areas where we accumulate a lot of clutter. It’s super easy to just drop the mail on the kitchen counter or accumulate a pile of random items on top of your dresser.
Clear items from all counter, tabletops, mantels, and dresser tops that are not functional or apart of your home decor. Place items that you need into a proper storage location.
And you know what comes next… throw away anything that is broken or you don’t use regularly.
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Eight: Place all items in their proper location
This declutter tip might seem like a no-brainer but we often overlook simple solutions. Place all items in their proper storage location around your home.
You’d be surprised how much clutter you can remove by just cleaning up and putting things where they belong.
Nine: Use storage bins and shelves to organize storage areas
There are certain areas of your home that are designed to hold your stuff. However, even these areas can use a little decluttering from time to time.
Add shelving and use storage bins to declutter and organize the storage areas of your home. You’ll expand the number of items you can store.
This will also give you the added bonus of being able to find things in your storage space.
Ten: Add storage areas if you don’t have enough
You’re A Boss Mom!
Decluttering your home can seem like a monumental task. Just remember that you are a Boss Mom and there is nothing that you can’t conquer.
Take your time and use these 10 Boss Mom Decluttering Tips and you’ll be clutter free in no time.
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