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Need to tame the clutter monster? Here are some declutter ideas that
have worked in my home.
Declutter Tips for the Kitchen
- Weed out old appliances and items you no longer use (have you
looked in your plastics drawer lately?).
- Give away kitchen clutter you no longer use to a new household
who could put it to better use. Hint: think college student.
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- Declutter countertops as much as possible; you'll feel better
- I got this great declutter tip from a very useful organizing ebook
that I just love. (Maria's ebook has over 2000 organizing tips; she has
saved me much time and money since I got her ebook). Make a lunch
station out of your breadbox. Put baggies, twist-ties, etc., anything
you need to get lunchboxes organized in along with your bread. Very
- Set up a spot for incoming homework and mail. Hint: it's NOT the
- Establish a family rule. If you cook, you clean. Or one person
cooks and another cleans. Make the rule and stick to it.
- Sweep the floor each day. Sweeping should be part of your everyday declutter routine.
- Towels are your friends. Use them to quickly polish and clean
throughout the day. Use paper ones if you don't want to do the laundry.
- If you really hate to clean the messes off your stove...remove
the offending recipes from your recipe collection. You know which ones
Declutter Tips for the Bath
- Wet stuff must get hung up to dry...or the mold fairy will
declutter for you. If you find yourself nagging about this one, don't.
Just charge for each towel you must hang up yourself.
- Wipe down sinks and mirrors quickly each day. Provide a rag to do
this and train in its usage. Hang under sink for easy access.
- Do you have multiple bathrooms? Establish a contest to see who
can keep his/her bath the cleanest.
Declutter Strategies for Dealing with Paper
- Deal with incoming paper (mail/homework) each day. Don't let the paper - clutter build up.
- Don't even touch your paperwork unless you have the time to
complete it. Otherwise you're just handling it over and over.
- Set up a bin for shredding sensitive mail and other documents.
Shred once a week.
- Establish an art/homework display area and rotate papers
- Key declutter idea: have papers you don't know what to do with? Spread them out on
the floor. Look for categories (school, business, taxes) and file
Declutter Ideas for Storage Spaces
- Don't just stuff things into storage spaces. That's what makes it clutter. Use tools like
drawer dividers and closet organizers to make the most of the space you
have. It's worth the investment.
- If storage spaces are already full, it's time to declutter by giving or throwing
away some of your beloved stuff.
- In reference to the above tip...remember, it's just STUFF! (You
can always get more. Sigh.)
- Could you use some ideas on closet organizing? If you are a do-it-yourselfer, see my tips on self install closet systems.
Declutter Using the Right tools
- A book bin or basket keeps library and school books in one place.
- A washable rug inside the front door cuts down on a dirty floor.
- Use stackable organizer bins to declutter items like hair barrettes,
clips, ponytail holders, etc. Much easier to find what you are looking
for on a busy morning!
- Eliminate all junk drawers and use drawer organizers instead.
- Use chore charts to their
maximum effectiveness. Here's a free household chores checklist you can print out and use, too.
My #1 Declutter Tip
Easier said than done, to be sure, but this declutter idea outweighs the rest by a
mile. Consider a "team atmosphere" in your home to foster a spirit of
cooperation. Ask for input from all involved. Just see what you can do
to improve this part of your household and much weight will be lifted
from your shoulders!
- Make sure everyone in your household pulls his or her own weight.
Summary of Declutter Tips
- Give away what you truly don't need or use (be brutal).
- Handle stuff that leads to clutter (especially paperwork) as it comes up and only once.
- Make the most out of your storage.
- Gather creative declutter ideas continuously (gather your own or let someone else do the work for you).
- Use the right tools to be more effective.
- Make sure everyone pitches in.
- BE CONSISTENT. Change takes time and practice. Be firm, but also be easy on yourself. A consistent effort over time really is the best way to go.
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