Want your house to be beautiful and kempt?
The first step is to declutter!
No matter how small your space is or how low your funds are decluttering the space makes a huge difference.
According to the fengshui, decluttering helps to remove blockages from your life that stops the flow of energy and brings in the positive vibe back to your home.
Above all, decluttering is truly vital for a beautiful, happy and lively home.
I understand, with the fast, busy life decluttering home is a big job and so I have the best way to tackle it. The idea is to focus on one room or space at a time.
And all you need is 5 bins or boxes or bags. No fancy things to affect your money budget at all.
- Trash- for items that are simply trash.
- Recycle- for items that need to be recycled like paper, plastic or glass.
- Donate- for items that you can donate to a charitable organisation or another person.
- Fix/ Mend- for items that need further maintenance. Like a pair of shoes that you love need to be cleaned or the button on your shirt that needs to be fixed.
- Put away- for items that are not in their right storage place. Like a cup in bedroom or sweatshirt in the kitchen.
Once these bins/ bags are ready- Begin!
Firstly, make your bed. Start with your sidetable/ nightstand. Remove anything on them that doesn’t belong there and put it the ‘putaway’ bin. This may be the book you have you already finish, pen, paper, letter, bill, earphones, charges.
Throw out or recycle anything that you no longer use. For instance empty tissue box, dries out pens or chargers that no longer work.
Next, do the same with the tops of the dresser, chest, tv units or reading desks if you have one in your bedroom. Next thing would be to tackle those drawers. Resist the urge to shove items back in the drawer instead recycle or discard the items which you haven’t used in last 6 months.
Lastly return the clothing item hanging around in the room back to the closet/ wardrobe.
Now that you are thinking about the closet or the wardrobe. We will tackle that the next.
Closet and Clothing
Ok, take a deep breath. It’s time to tackle your closet and easiest way to do it is to declutter by type of clothing. This means start with shoes, bags, then dress, then denims and so on…
The key here is to be reasonable. The clothing items which you haven’t used for 6 month, are the items you don’t need anymore. In addition, it is much easier to decide ‘toss or keep’ if you are looking at your whole collection at once.
Once you are done, you will come across 3 piles of items.
- Dirty laundry- put it in your laundry room or give to the dry cleaners.
- Anything that needs to be repaired- give it to the tailor.
- Items you don’t use anymore- donate it.
Start with your medicines cabinet. Take everything out and discard the outdated medicines, makeup and skin care. Next put everything you’re keeping back into the cabinet, storing the items you use often at eye level and the products which are about to get over or expire ahead. This will make you use those product often till it’s completely used to discard.
Similarly, tackle the drawers and under sink drawer next. Do a quick evaluation of what you are keeping and what you are tossing.
After that, put back all the items with the most used items in the top drawer.
We all know keeping kitchen clutter-free can be a challenge. We tend to spend lot of time in out kitchen cooking, eating and socialising.
There are so many types of storages in the kitchen and the best way to declutter is going by the zones.
First you can start with your overhead storage, then upper cabinet, then lower cabinets, drawers and then under the kitchen sink. The drill is to empty the space evaluate each item and put it back.
Once you are done with that concrete on your counter too. Try and move as many items as possible off the counter top and into the storage spaces.
Remember cluttered kitchen counter top is the worst thing to have in your house.
Finally, the living room. This is the hardest room in your home to keep neat on daily basis according to me- and you may agree as well. This is because it gets used a lot by different people plus it doesn’t offer lot of storage. You may have a tv console, side table, bookcase but they don’t hide much.
The key here is to:
- Decide on permanent storage for commonly used items like remote, books , magazines.
- Moving on to electronics- remove everything that is not connected to the television or home theatre system. Ask yourself 2 questions- Are you using it? Does it work? Store items like chargers, gadgets where you are using them.
- Declutter this place regularly. Basically put things back to the place they belong. This wouldn’t take more than 5 mins of your day.
There you go…Good job! Congratulation for decluttering your home.
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