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Just the thought of decluttering your home can be overwhelming, making it hard to get started.
One way to move ahead with your decluttering dream is to take small steps and tackle one area of a room or closet at a time. Even one small decluttering project a month will make you feel better and will save you time and money. No more endless searching and buying things you already have!
Jot down the decluttering priorities in each room, based on what is most important to you.
Each time you declutter one area, check it off your list and pat yourself on the back. This will motivate you to keep going. Work your way down your list on a regular basis whenever you can.
Try to put away or discard items and papers before they build up. Regularly go through your drawers and cupboards, discarding, donating, selling and recycling once you have decluttered.
Are you starting to duck every time you open your hall closet door? If your closet is bulging with coats, shoes, bags and hats you no longer use, you can solve that with a few simple steps:
This is a place to stash all those odds and ends that suddenly appear – screws, bolts, coins, keys, and business cards – a short-term sorting station that will save you time. Go through it monthly to keep it in order. Use small baskets or containers with compartments to put items neatly away for the next time you need them.
Have you looked under your vanity lately?
Managing your freezer is an excellent money-saving decluttering project to put near the top of your list.
Life gets busy, so it’s easy to forget what you have in the freezer and how long it’s been there unless you write the name of the contents and the date on each package.
Fresh spices add so much flavour to our favourite recipes, but when you can’t find the one you want or it has lost its aroma, then maybe it’s time to organize your spices.
This is one decluttering job that could be spread out over a few days, depending on the size of your pantry.
There’s nothing more satisfying than sorting out your food storage containers. No more mismatched lids and bottoms! When putting away your clean storage containers, place the lids in one container and stack the bottoms inside each other, matching shapes and sizes.
Clutter-free storage is one thing that can simplify your life, save time, money and keep food fresh.
Despite the move to online billing, we still get some bills by snail mail, as well as donation requests, newsletters and greeting cards. On top of that, we have newspapers, magazines, and flyers to recycle.
It’s best to shred any papers that include your personal and banking details. Recycle all other paper in your regular recycling service.
Whether you follow the “handle paper only once” method or prefer to handle it as many times as needed, having a place to put it is an effective way to prevent paper from piling up. This means as soon as you receive mail or any paper, put it where it belongs – in your file folders, in a to-do pile, or immediately into recycling or a bin for paper to be shredded.
It’s not easy to part with treasured books, but they do take up a lot of shelf space. If they are starting to build up and you don’t plan to read them again, donate them to a local community organization or give them to friends. You can also thin out your bookshelf by placing your books in a little free library in your neighbourhood.
The best way to deal with toy and game clutter is to do a thorough clean-out every change of season. As your children outgrow the toys, pass them on to neighbourhood children or a donation centre, or have a yard sale!
Repair or discard broken toys, games and puzzles. Seniors’ residences, community centres and youth organizations may welcome some board games and toys.
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