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27 Quick Decluttering Ideas for Home When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed
Looking for an easier way to KonMari your home? Simple decluttering ideas for your home will make the KonMari process more simple and easier to do with your family.
Ever start an a decluttering or organization project at the beginning of January and get super excited about it?? Like yeah, this is it! This year is my year to completely declutter my entire house. No bit of crap is safe in this clutter-free zone!!
Me too. Completely have been there. And when March rolls around and the clutter seems to be creeping back in, I usually throw in the towel and just go with it. But not this year! This year is our year to finally cut this crap and release ourselves of all of the stuff! So, are you ready to take the four by eight decluttering challenge??
Four Steps, Eight Rooms/Areas. That is the 4X8 Quick Declutter Challenge! My goal is to make this manageable for you. My guess is that you are not looking for a crazy process to declutter. You need quick and doable decluttering ideas for the home right?
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Start your Decluttering Process with these four steps!
First we are going to start with the first four crucial steps to decluttering any room or area. You will want to complete this for each room or area you tackle. I highly suggest that you work in manageable time chunks. If you have an area that is in desperate need of decluttering, try this process broken up into sections of the room. What you want to feel at the end of this is accomplished! You want to feel like you are making progress. So, if there is a small area that you can start this process with, start there. For me, that was the junk drawer. My basement and garage on the other hand? I’ll likely be doing this process in sections over several days (ugh or maybe even weeks!)
1: Get a laundry basket and two trash bags.
2: Gather all things in the room or area that do not belong there.
3: Separate your items into three sections. First, items to keep. Second, items to throw away. Third, items to donate.
4: Take Action! Throw that trash bag away. Put those items back where they belong. And of course, the hardest one, take those donate bags and stick them in your car! Do it right away and put it right in your passenger’s seat. That way you have to get rid of it the next time you leave your house. Or, if you are motivated enough, drive it to a donation box right then and there! There are so many donation boxes and charities that take donations that you are bound to pass one on your next trip out of the house!
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Now, let’s Declutter by Room!
Here we will walk through what should be in the room and what shouldn’t be! This will help your 4X8 process to go smoothly! You obviously know what should stay in each room. Think of what should stay in two thought processes. First, what are the obvious basics that should stay? Second, what are the decorative or sentimental things that you want to see or displayed in the room. Those stay too! Now, for what should go!
5. What should go: Nightstand clutter, old water bottles, kids toys, clothes, laundry baskets, luggage, anything broken.
6. What should go: Towels with holes or serious stains, old products you do not use anymore, expired medicine or products, anything broken.
Bonus Tip! Check out this awesome tutorial by Foxy’s Domestic Side that she did on how to organize your bathroom! Clearing kid bathroom clutter is also a beast right?? Coffee Pancakes and Dreams had a great post about ideas for keeping the kiddo’s bathrooms organized!
7. What should go: Clothes that no longer fit or you don’t feel good in, shoes that are worn beyond use, anything with holes in it, free t-shirts you never wear, shoe boxes, hangers that don’t get used.
Much Most Darling said her closet clean out helped her to get rid of so much stuff since December. So freeing!!
8. What should go: Broken toys, games or sets missing pieces, toys that haven’t been played with (and you’ve had them forever!), broken crayons, dried out markers
Bonus Tip! Package up old toys that your kids do not play with anymore. Have one box of toys that you cycle in and out. It’s amazing how old toys can feel new to kids when they haven’t played with them in awhile. You can also make some money by reselling your kid’s toys (in good condition) to a kid’s resale shop or consignment sale.
9. What should go: Old papers and receipts (shred these for privacy!), pens that don’t work, any type of manual (you can get them online), batteries that do not work or go unused, old notebooks, anything broken
10. What should go: Utensil multiples, cookbooks you don’t use, expired food, pantry items that don’t belong, coffee mug multiples, shopping bags, takeout menus, anything broken
Bonus Tip! Many stores recycle plastic bags! Drop off your unused plastic bags next time you hit the supermarket. Also, Buzzfeed has a few awesome Dollar Store hacks to get your kitchen organization moving!
11. What should go: old paint cans, outgrown toys/bikes, holiday decor that doesn’t work/you haven’t used it in a year, tools that aren’t used, anything broken
12. What should go: kid or pet toys that aren’t played with anymore, holiday decor that you haven’t used, anything broken… let’s be honest. The basement can be a dumping ground. Determine what you use your basement for and then use the above tips to keep it clutter free!
7 Bonus Decluttering Tips for getting your Digital Organization controlled!
Digital clutter can sometimes be as mind-boggling as physical clutter. Here are my top 7 tips for decluttering your digital organization!
1: Use Dropbox or Google Drive for family file sharing
2: Create a private YouTube channel to store your family videos and for easy sharing with your family and friends!
3: Use a service like Mixbook to create an album of your kid’s crafts! Keep a small box of sentimental favorites and take photos of the rest.
4: Use Asana to organize your to-do lists and share tasks with your family members.
5: Go through your phone photos once a week and delete duplicates.
6: Use Chatbooks to print your mobile phone photos.
7: Organize your phone into folders by icon color or by type. I used to organize by type but found much more efficiency and organization by organizing by color. Great tip from Emily Ley!
A Few of my Favorite Decluttering Tools for the Home
Here are a few great resources for getting your decluttering process started. I’ve found that it helps to get the big picture and then get decluttering! A Simplified Life by Emily Ley walks through how to simplify every area of your life. I loved this book because it had some really simple and doable strategies that were easy to implement. If you’re in serious need of a clutter overhaul, check out Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up!
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