- When culling, sort your mess – be it toys, books or clothes – into four piles. That means deciding whether it needs to be thrown out, sold or given away, put back where it came from, or stored somewhere else.
- Give yourself 5 solid minutes a day to sort.
- Fill one garbage & give away one item each day
- Try the Hanger Experiment to identify wardrobe pieces to clear out, hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard.
- Make a list of places/areas in your home to declutter beginning with the easiest.
- Take the 12-12-12 Challenge: A simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items keep.
- Challenge yourself to live with less and see what you learn from the experiment.
- Purchase storage boxes to fit under bed & on top of cupboards.
- Use folders for papers & zip lock bags for small items
- Hire “pod type” storage for decluttering when selling your house.
How to declutter every room
When decluttering your kitchen, start with pots, pans and containers – throw out any chipped or cracked china plus any pots or pan with broken handles, throw away any plastic containers that don’t have lids and to tidy your pantry three times a year. Check use -by dates on cans, wash containers and sort. Everything needs to be accessible.”
Start decluttering your wardrobes by only having seasonal clothes hanging in your closet. If there aren’t enough shelves in built-ins, buy storage systems that fit inside the wardrobe and compartmentalise large drawers, so your best lingerie is separate from sports bras etc.
Family room toy decluttering
To help your children put their toys away when they’ve finished playing with them, make sure they have easy spots to store them. That means containers without lids, as small children have to use two hands to put things away.
When it comes to clearing out the shelves and cupboards filled with shampoos, soap, shower gels, discarded make-up etc – first taking everything out and getting rid of anything that isn’t being used. Look for storage systems to make products easily seen