Sunday, May 8, 2011

6 Easy Steps to Organize and Declutter Your House

Have you come to a point where you realize you need to declutter your house?  Do you have a tendency to store things you really don’t need?  Have you been hit with the lazy stick about picking up around your home?  Don’t worry we have all been there at some point in our lives. Here are some helpful tips to help you eliminate the clutter in your house. It might appear overwhelming at first, but with a game plan and some honest determination, the process is doable.   Before you begin, take a moment to go through your things one more time and see what you can part with.  

Remember, if you are not using something, someone else might make good use of it. 
  1. Now let’s begin!  Go through all of your things and decide what you want to keep, sell, donate, recycle, or throw away.  Pack away the items you are not keeping.  Move these distractions out of your house.  It will make the de-cluttering process much easier.
  2. Completely organize all of your drawers, shelves, boxes, bins, dressers, closets, etc. After you have completed these tasks, you will have plenty of room in which to store the proper items into them.
  3. If need be, purchase additional storage materials.  Discount department stores likeK-Mart, Wal-Mart, Target, etc. carry the supplies you will need.  Remember you don’t need to spend a fortune to get your house clean and organized.
  4. Place each item you wish to keep in its own specific storage area.  Be sure to clean each item before storing it.  Wash or dry-clean clothing or fabric items.  Dust or wipe down hard-surface items, i.e., books, cd’s, ceramic or glassware.
  5. Be sure to put your holiday items in either boxes or bins.  This will keep them safe from breakage.  By storing these items in this manner you can keep them all in one place until the next holiday season.  NOTE:  Don’t forget to properly label the storage boxes or bins for easy identification in the future.At this point do a walk-through of your house.  Scan the area for items you will not use on a regular basis.  Keep in mind, the fewer things you leave out, the more space you have.  And now you will be able to find what you need quickly.  

Once you de-clutter your house you begin to realize that a lot of the things you thought you really needed, were not needed at all.  You begin a little more restrained in your shopping habits.  And in these tough economic times you come to see value in more than just purchasing and collecting “stuff.” Learn more about how to declutter your house from Mimi Tanner, who is one of the leading experts in this field.  Good Luck in de-cluttering your house.