I live in a family of 5 and a half (the half being my nephew). And let me tell you, it gets crazy when it comes to cleaning up the mess. I for one, am a die-hard fan of cleaning. But others? not really. So, I found out a way to channelize my energy through means of de-cluttering and let me tell you it is the best thing in the world. But, there’s a lot at stake when you eventually decide to do so. And for most of the parts, you are stuck, distracted or disinterested in the entire hub a dub of the cleaning cycle. So, here’s a quick and easy peasy guide that provides quick and easy ways to declutter your home and life, trust me on the second one.
Let’s break down the easy ways to declutter your home in 5 easy points (+ learn more cleaning tips through a bonus guide at the end of this post).
Use the 180-day rule:
If you are new to the business of decluttering. Let’s understand what the 90-day rule is. It is one of the most effective ways to declutter your room in a span of 30 minutes. All you need to do is segregate items in two parts – often used and ‘haven’t seen in 180 days’. Now, comes the good part. Throw away, donate or just (just in case meaning) give away all that’s in the ‘haven’t seen in 180 days’ pile. Trust me when I say so, but if you haven’t bothered to check up on items for a span of 6 months in total, you definitely don’t need them. The norm is 90 days but I am waiving you off with an extra quarterly of time, just in case you are unable to do anything about it. Baby steps!!
I am a fan of dusting and cleaning up the mess. You can’t simply declutter your home without a bit of dusting. So, here’s what you need to do. Pull out your furniture and items, items of clothing, knick-knacks and more out of their allotted space. Clean up the area using a wet cloth or tissue. Use naphthalene balls to keep pests, specks of dust, moths and moulds at bay. Now, put back all your articles back in the closet, display case, cupboard, wardrobe, drawers (wherever it must be, originally).
Pro Tip: Emotional baggage are never good for you and if you are emotionally attached to something, then you must offer it to someone who’d make the most of it. Clothes, personal items and accessories often have a sense of memory with it. Don’t let that sidetrack from your goal to declutter your home
Organizing your storage area:
If you are like me, you like to allow specific storage spaces for specific items in your home and no other place makes it look better. Here’s how you can make the most of your organizing-loving-self. Add extra cabinets or use a DIY storage idea to divide your space for different items. This is one of the easiest ways to declutter your wardrobe as there is always a humongous pile waiting to fall on you.
Here’s what I do. I keep my bath salts, bath bombs, books and other literary knick-knacks, merchandise and collectables on the shelf. My makeup products go into my handy makeup bag, skincare routine is stored in my drawers, my accessories and apparels take (take with a grain of salt idiom) space in my wardrobe and my toiletries shelf themselves in the washroom. The laundry stays in the backyard with my washing machine.
I have given up on keep items that no longer serve a purpose. For instance, a show-piece, a wall hanging, a poster, etc do not entice me or take space in my life anymore.
Cleaning your home daily
I have a morning and a night routine when it comes to cleaning the house. I wake up each morning with a cup of coffee in one hand and my blogging emails on the other. I then move to the kitchen to clear up the night’s mess and make myself some breakfast. Once done, I switch to cleaning up my living room. Tidying my couch, the pillows, dusting off my pet’s hair (I have a golden retriever back at home), folding the laundry, cleaning up my bed, switching to newer bedsheets (once in three days), brooming and washing my backyard, watering the plants, clearing up the living room platform and the kitchen platform, re-organizing anything that seems out of place.
This may seem a lot, but it hardly takes 30 to 45 mins to get done and is a sure shot way to have a decluttered home all the time.
Pro Tip: Imagine you have an extremely important guest, you have been wanting to impress, coming home to visit (idioms dictionary) you. Now, clear up the mess (do not hide them, clear them out) This helps because a, it is time-effective and b, it helps build a healthy habit to declutter your home
I don’t know about you, but having greens around you paves an easy trick to decluttering your home. It adds freshness and keeps the room lively. This point is optional, obviously, and may not necessarily help to declutter your home. But it sure does the trick to help you declutter your home.
- If you have kids that make it impossible to have a clean home, then resort to fun challenging games that trick them into cleaning it. 5$ for the kid who cleans up the toy room faster, an extra candy to the kid who help mommy water the plants, a special dinner date with mom for the kid who helps fold the laundry, a movie night for the kid who not only helps you declutter your home, but also keep their room tidy for a span of 1 week. (At first, they’d find it boring, but adding fun challenges to these may help you with your job, as well)
- Declutter your home when there are minimum people around. This helps you to break into zero conversations, builds focus and lets you be at peace with your pace.
- Night declutter is better than a morning decluttering routine. When you head to your bed after a good round of decluttering, you wake up with a healthy mindset and a cleaner home you’d love (fall in love synonym) to wake up to.
- Say no to plastics, plastics are not just noisy, nosy and polluting but happen to take maximum space in our lives. Start replacing plastic items, Tupperware and more with reusable products. Replace one-time use cutleries with stainless steel ones that can be washed on a timely basis.
- Garbage segregation – Don’t make it hard for the garbage man to do his job when you can do yours well. Segregate wet and dry waste in different bags or bins. This helps them with the garbage picking process as well.
- Sundays are mass-cleaning days: When you are short of time (race against time phrase) on a weekday, keep them for the weekend and have a day of mass-cleaning. Mass cleaning involves clearing up and cleaning out anything and everything you missed out on while decluttering and organizing your home during the weekday. This helps you to stay organized, declutter your home and stay at the top of your cleanliness routine.
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