Clearing the clutter: The Ultimate Guide

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I know you’ve been there and I know you’ve struggled with it: clutter. I myself have tried for years to deal with it but never got to the end point. But now I’m reluctant to deal with clutter once and for all. And you can do to. Follow the ultimate guide to clear your clutter now!

But first, read this.

You can’t do it all at once, that’s just impossible. So seriously don’t think you can declutter your entire house in one weekend. It took more than a weekend to find it’s way in to all the nooks and crannies of your home. So take your time to win back your space and sanity again.

 

1. Choose one room that’s been bugging you with clutter

 

One room that will look glorious once it has been discarded from clutter.

What is clutter by the way? Clutter is all the stuff that lies around unorganized and is a thorn to your eye. Clutter is alle the stuff you haven’t used in a year. When things don’t get returned to their homes they will become clutter.

So what’s important to keep in mind here is that:

 

“all items in your home should have a permanent place to be stored”.

 

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2. Think about what you want to do with the clutter you are going to discard

 

  • Is there a friend or relative who’d be happy to take it of your hands?
  • Is an item in good shape and can it be donated to a thrift store?
  • Is an item beyond repair and better of in the dumpster?

 

Example

I know that the majority of stuff in our attic are clothes, shoes and toys our son has grown out of. I have two friends with boys younger then Logan. I’ve asked if they would be happy with Logan’s old clothes and they said yes. I’ve scheduled appointments with both friends right away to pick up the clothes and have a nice chat as well.

Keep in mind that you have to do instead of thinking all the time. Take action now. If you don’t it will never work.

 

3. Plan when you are going to declutter

Choose a few hours when you can’t be disturbed. For instance when the kids are at school or daycare. Or at night when the kids are sleeping. Gather a trash bag, a cardboard box and if applicable a few solid storage containers.

 

4. Have fun

No I’m not joking. Put your favorite music on and take a picture of the room you’re going to declutter. This is a great way to see your decluttering progress.  If you do feel overwhelmed by it all, just take a break. Sit down with a cup of tea and relax for a moment. If you don’t know where to start, just grab the first thing within arms reach and decide what you’re going to do with it.

If you want to keep it, you have to think of where the item can be permanently stored. I you wan’t to discard it, put in the cardboard box. If you have a hard time letting go of stuff. I’m sorry but I can’t help you with that. That’s one thing you have to deal with yourself. Do you want a organized room clear of clutter? Then you have to make some choices.

 

5. Press ahead

Once you’ve filled up a trash bag, discard it into the dumpster immediately. Once you’ve filled up a box with stuff you want to donate, schedule a pick up appointment with the thrift store. Are there things you want to pass on to a friend? Call him or her and set a date.

 

Congratulations! You have now started decluttering your designated area and the first items are gone. Way to go. Pat yourself on the back and plan another few hours in your agenda to fill up another thrash bag and cardboard box.

 

I’d love to hear how you are doing!

 

You can find more posts about organizing here.

 

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31 comments

  1. Michelle says:

    I am in the middle of a massive declutter right now, we had three babies all so close together that I kept everything and now I need to get rid of it all but it is so overwhelming and there are so many memories attached that I get overwhelmed. I like the idea of making it fun, pop on some music an set aside a specific time, kid free, to get it done. one small bite at a time 🙂

  2. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) says:

    I’m in the process of decluttering at the moment. Making the process fun helps a lot. The key is making sure you have a permanent home for things – I always find that the clutter builds up again if there is no definite home for the things causing the clutter. #coolmumclub

  3. msmamabean says:

    I’m constantly moving my furniture and items around my house, but alot of the times these items probably end up in the shed, which is now one place I actually need to focus on decluttering! Thanks for reminding me and providing me with some tips on how and where to start #bestandworst

  4. MMT says:

    Oh yes I so needed to read this! I’m constantly on a battle to declutter our house and I try and do it little by little. One tip I’d add is don;t leave a bag of toys to give away in sight of the kids – ours is slowly being unpacked day by day!
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

  5. Stephenie - Blended Life Happy Wife says:

    Great tips. We call it “pitch, sort and throw” at our house. sometimes it is freeing to get rid of “stuff” But it sure is hard at times. Thank you for sharing this post in the All For Mamas Link Party Week 7 #allformamas. I will share this post on the Facebook group page, my page twitter, pinterest and google +

  6. Megin | VMG206 says:

    This is a great post with helpful tips! Sometimes when you have clutter, it can be overwhelming. It’s nice how you broke it down step by step. Yes! Start with what’s closest – but just start, right?!
    I’m visiting today from Grammy’s Wednesday Aim Party.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  7. Carol ("Mimi") says:

    These are good tips! I have several closets and other area in my home that need to be de-cluttered right now. Your idea about having “fun” is a helpful one. If it’s a job that must be done, you might as well have fun with it.

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