Along with the usual resolution suspects, New Years is the perfect time to cut the clutter – especially around the house. Whether you’re preparing for a PCS or just making more room in your home, here are our favorite tips and tools for de-cluttering in 2016!
What You Don’t Need
One of the simplest ways to reduce the amount of time you spend addressing the clutter in your home is to get rid of the things you don’t need! Popsugar shared more than 100 things you could throw away that would change the way your cleaned your home. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming – devoting just 10 minutes per room (with a garbage bag) once a week will make steady progress towards an easier to clean home!
Tackle the Hot Spots
After you’ve started addressing the things that can be thrown away, it’s time to tackle the hot spots. Organizing Moms suggests addressing your clutter hot spots by making a point to clear them, then finding ways to manage the inevitable items that land there. Whether it’s paper clutter on the counter, shoes by the door or jackets on a living room chair, a little effort to find a sensible way to corral those items might be just the ticket!
Sometimes, the simplest things are the most difficult to maintain. If you get it out, put it away. If you open it, close it. If you finish it, replace it. If it’s full, empty it. If you take it off, hang it up. If it’s dirty, wash it. If it’s garbage, trash it. If just the adults (but also kids.. as age appropriate) adopted this basic approach the majority of the time, you would eliminate a significant amount of your clutter troubles.
Looking for more organizing inspiration to support that New Year’s Resolution? AHRN.com has a virtual library of helpful posts like these:
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Get bathroom clutter under control even in small spaces!
What is your biggest clutter challenge?