Tips to Declutter Your Home

I recently read Marie Kondo’s books on organizing and decluttering (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy), and have been all about that life lately. So, I thought I would put together some of my favorite time-saving tips. I’ll keep updating this list as I think of things, and as I get suggestions from all of you!

How to Get Started

  • Start with the easy stuff first.
  • Focus on one area of the house at a time, so you don’t get overwhelmed or make a bigger mess.
  • Spend 15 mins each day decluttering/organizing so you don’t overdo it.
  • Have designated bags/boxes for trash, decide later, put away, donate, and sell.
  • Keep your eyes on the prize (a clean, de-cluttered home).
  • If you’ve had something for more than a year and haven’t used it/worn it, get real about giving it away or selling it. It’s probably just taking up space at this point, right?

How to Declutter Your Kitchen and Pantry

  • I have tiny circular stickers that I write the expiration date on and attach to the bottom of spices, dry goods, and everything else in my pantry, so I know when they’re going to expire.
  • I put items that are expiring first on a separate shelf, or closer to the front of the shelf, so I use them quickly.
  • I reorganize my pantry quickly after every grocery run so I know what I have and it never gets out of control.
  • I make a weekly meal plan that incorporates items expiring soon.
  • Use vacuum sealed containers for things like rice, flour, sugar, so you see how much you have and the items last longer.
  • Replace broken or nasty utensils.
  • Gather up all your plastic store bags and place them in one large bag, a wall mount, or somewhere out-of-the-way. They make great trash bags and/or packing material when you are shipping a package, so they’re worth keeping.

More Reading

If you want to see what else I’ve written about cleaning and organizing recently, check out the posts below:

Top Spring Cleaning Tips

Top Tips to Organize Your Hair Products

Top Tips to Organize Your Samples

 

What are your favorite tips for decluttering in less time/effort?

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