Want To Know How To Declutter Your Home When Time Is Running Out?
Planning for Christmas and other holidays always seems to focus on buying gifts, cooking delicious meals and receiving guests. Yet we don’t focus on our home when this is central to all those events.
It can make or break a successful celebration for you if you are not happy with how your home looks and feels.
To make your celebrations a success taking a little time now, ahead of the holidays, knowing how to declutter your home fast will pay you back tenfold in how much you enjoy yourself.
Right now you want some quick wins. When you seriously haven’t got time to really get stuck into the nitty gritty of how to declutter your home, tackling these 7 priority areas will save your sanity.
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How To Declutter Your Home FAST When You Ain’t Got Time For That!
Decluttering Tips No.1 – Declutter Your Summer Items
It’s full on winter time now (unless you’re in Australia in which case focus on your winter items!) so declutter and organise your summer clothes and other items now as they won’t be needed again for a few months.
- Separate your summer clothing from your winter clothing and box it up out of your over flowing wardrobe
- Donate or chuck any summer clothing you didn’t wear this summer
- If you have kids, check for outgrown clothes, those beyond repair or those stained beyond redemption
- Shoes – be realistic about what you did wear and what you will wear next summer, donate or chuck those that fail to make your list
- Summer activity stuff – balls, outdoor games, bikes, scooters, you know the sort. Check them over. Are they fit for another summer? If so store them neatly in your garage, shed or someplace unseen.
Decluttering Tips No.2 – Declutter Your Entrance Hallway
Your porch and hallway are the first things you see when you arrive home. When they are cluttered with stuff this sets your mind into clutter mode and it is not a relaxing start to being at home.
When you declutter and organise your hallway you will feel more relaxed and calm when you enter your home.
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- Remove all summer clothes and store in your wardrobe
- Same goes for summer shoes, you are not going to need sandals for a few months!
- Have a lidded box or drawer for hats, scarves and gloves
- Clear all the debris/interesting items that have accumulated here: you know, the pebbles, berries, flowers that seemed lovely when someone picked them up.
Decluttering Tips No.3 – Declutter Your Outside Space
In winter our outside spaces can all too easily get forgotten about. But we still see them and when they are cluttered and messy it affects how we feel even if we aren’t outside in the clutter.
- Centralise all your plant pots and containers
- Put away all the outdoor toys, bikes, BBQs etc, they’ll last longer being out of the winter weather
- Stack your garden furniture or store it in your garage/shed
Decluttering Tips No.4 – Declutter Living Room Areas
Your living room is where you relax after a hard days’ work. You want your living space to be calm and serene. Somewhere you look forward to sitting down and spending time in.
No how to declutter your home guide would be complete without a real focus on your living space. If it’s busy with stuff you are not going to feel relaxed.
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- Clear your surfaces of anything that doesn’t bring you joy or beautiful memories when you look at it
- Box up toys so you don’t look at them of an evening
- Tidy your bookcase so your books stand straight
- Remove the bits and bobs that have sneaked onto your bookcase and surfaces
- Remove any excess furniture that is there just in case you have 20 guests!
Decluttering Tips No.5 – Declutter Your Decorations
When you bring out your Christmas decorations do you use all of them? Or do some not make it out of the box? Are your surfaces already full of ornaments that you only half like?
- Donate ornaments that don’t bring you joy each time you look at them
- Any items you wouldn’t bother to replace if it were broken, donate or chuck.
- Decorations that weren’t used last year can be binned, especially those broken ones!
- If you don’t use a decoration this year, donate or bin it.
Decluttering Tips No.6 – Declutter Toys
I think toys can be the biggest clutter problem for parents these days. Children end up with so much and every Christmas they get given more. Toys can be easily broken or lose their parts. A good purge before Christmas will really help you keep the clutter down.
- Involve your child if they are aged 2 or more
- Show them the overflowing toy box and explain there’s no room for more presents this holiday
- Encouraging toy donation will bring out the generous side of your child
- Get rid of broken toys and those with missing parts
- Donate toys that your kids have outgrown
- Put everything back tidily
Decluttering Tips No.7 – Declutter Kitchen Worktops
Your kitchen surfaces can become a haven for everything that doesn’t have a home. For receipts, for paperwork that you need to action. Bits of toys, new kitchenware that hasn’t been given a home, old batteries and so on.
Take back your worktops and make them the clutter free zone they deserve to be.
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- Action that paperwork and file it straight away, do this from now on
- Find homes away from your worktop for everything that’s on it
- Keep the number of appliances you have out to an absolute minimum
- If you must have a bits and bobs area (I don’t recommend it), create one out of sight, in a drawer some place else
Taking a little time now to have a quick declutter in these 7 priority areas will help you feel less stressed as the Christmas season approaches.
And you’ll get a real sense of achievement for doing all those little jobs that this declutter involves, that you’d previously been putting off.
Have you previously decluttered and the clutter has returned? How do you keep the clutter down?