Clutter causes stress, duplicate purchases, missed deadlines…all the things Geralin mentioned the other day.
In fact, before I cleared off my desk the other night, I broke two light bulbs, and had to dig through the mess to find something I needed. It was stressful to say the least.
Once I finally cleared off the desk, I felt better; relieved, calm, glad. And then, the following morning the first thing Matt and our daughter noticed was the desk (and the chair makeover).
Organization is vital to loving the home you’re with.
Today, we’re going to tackle the clutter that we cleared out. For me, it was paper clutter.
No matter what kind of clutter you are conquering today, this method will help you organize it.
Declutter Your Home in 7 Steps:
- Gather 5 boxes (or bags or laundry baskets….any container will do)
- Label them Keep, Donate, Trash, Recycle and Return
- Go through your clutter and designate everything into one of those containers.
- Throw away the trash
- Deliver your donate box to a donation center.
- Place the recycle items in your recycle bin to be picked up on trash day. If recycling service is not available, you might find a recycle center in your area.
- Deliver the return items to the person or room they belong to.
Tip: Did you know that you can take papers to be shred to places like Office Max? They charge cents on the pound, and in my opinion it’s worth my time to have someone else do it for me.
You do not have to do all of these steps in one day. Break up your organizing projects into smaller, more manageable tasks:
- Sort and label on day 1.
- Throw away the trash on day 2.
- Deliver donations and recycling on day 3.
Over the next two days, we’re going to talk more about the keep pile; what should stay and how to organize it. In the meantime, I think you’ll find the following resources very helpful as you start the sorting process.
I’ve included links, including some affiliate links, in this list.
- My Top 5 Online Organizing Resources
- Living Simple, Free and Happy: How to Simplify, Declutter Your Home, and Reduce Stress, Debt and Waste by Cristin Frank. This book is very helpful for looking at old things in a new way.
- 120 Clever New Uses for Old Things – Sometimes we’re not ready to get rid of something. Or, sometimes we enjoy it because we haven’t discovered the best use for it. That’s why I love repurposing. It brings new life, and even joy, to what once felt like clutter.
- Creating Success At Home – I wrote this book from the recesses of my soul in hopes of giving you all the encouragement, inspiration and resources you could possibly need to not only declutter and organize, but feel successful as a wife, mom, home manager, employer… Creating Success At Home even includes a printable cheat sheet (with more detailed information) on the decluttering steps shared in this post, as well as printable sorting labels for the boxes.
See you in class,