The beginning of every year is a perfect time to start re-organizing and de-cluttering your life and your home. But where do you begin?
Here are some suggestions to help you get started:
Cupboards and drawers. Take on manageable amounts. Begin with a drawer or cupboard, perhaps the toothbrush/toothpaste drawer. Throw away the extra toothpaste caps and frayed toothbrushes. Put the head bands back in the comb drawer. Dig the dental floss out from the back of the drawer and wipe the dried toothpaste off the drawer bottom. Next, take on the toiletries drawer. Stack the extra soap, shampoo, and toilet paper neatly. Put the brushes back in the comb drawer. Get rid of all the old hair ties that you found in the back of the drawer that you won’t use anymore. Move on to the linen closet. Fold and stack the towels. Sort the ratty ones from the nicer ones and tear the old ones into rags. Put the washcloths in a box or plastic container to keep them contained. Keep sorting through drawers and closets for as long as you can.
Clothes closets. Tie a ribbon in the middle of the hanger rod, with all of your clothes hanging to the left of the ribbon. After you wear something, launder it and hang it up on the right side of the ribbon. After two months, see what is still hanging on the left and take it to Goodwill. This method can work assuming you store your clothing seasonally, and you keep costumes, and special outfits and dresses in another place. If you don’t, this project may take up to a year until you have gone through all of the seasons.
Try and keep your closet floors for your shoes, not boxes. This will keep your shoes from getting squished and ruined. Closet floors are a magnet for boxes that hold things you don’t know where else to put.
Basements and attics. Out of sight, out of mind! Moving something to the basement or attic usually means, “I don’t want to deal with this now, get it out of my sight.” Attack these piles one at a time and get rid of those stacks once and for all!
Garages. A thorough house cleaning is going to result in more junk in the garage. There are going to be some things you just can’t part with yet, but after reading about basements and attics, you wouldn’t dare send the junk there! Instead you will send it to the garage! The garage is a project all in its own and needs time budgeted accordingly. Begin sorting in the house so that by the time you get to the garage, you’re a pro!
Remember: The important part of de-cluttering is beginning. Start de-cluttering today!
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