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.
If you want to see what else I’ve written about cleaning and organizing recently, check out the posts below:
What are your favorite tips for decluttering in less time/effort?