New Year’s is certainly a time to look back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the year ahead. This year we have accomplished so much, nonetheless, it is a time to think about the changes we want (or need) to resolve. Our New Year’s resolution this year is to help our readers to declutter your home! The faster you start on it the faster you can check it off your list. Please understand that it is always a work in progress and we are still working on ours even through the holidays. Once done you will be happy with the outcome and what you achieved. Every Realtor sees the investment in getting organized and decluttered. We always recommend getting organized before moving and putting your house up for sale. Please join us reading how to declutter your home, and you can thank us later.
Get Rid of “Things” & Get Organized
First and foremost, we are “moderate minimalists”… not. If you’ve been in your home for a good amount of time, it’s likely that you have collected a lot of stuff over time. Beginning this process is the first step. Living this way doesn’t exactly come very easily, but we are happy to be learning and growing. It is an amazing journey to get things organized and put away. We began with a game plan to use the facebook marketplace to get rid of big items that were in great condition. The outcome was better than we could ever expect and we got rid of so much! We always kept in mind, the less you have, the better it’ll fit into your house. Also, the less organizing you will need to do once you move to a new house. We are sure there are other creative ways to declutter your home but getting rid of things is the easiest.
These Are Our Personal Recommendations for Things in the House:
Every single item needs it’s own spot to be placed away. Think out of sight out of mind. Make a space for everything and everything must be put into its place. Bills, bags, books, keys, wallets etc. – each item needs its very own spot. If there is not a spot for something on a shelf, drawer or a basket, it will never be put away! It will become left to sit and gather dust. If you have a family always on the go, you understand! Our dream is to get organized to the point where we have no junk drawers
Do Not Own More Than One of Something.
We are aware this doesn’t always work with everything or everyone. Everyone must be on the same page if you want to declutter your home. For example, the man of the house likes to fix and woodwork and has a few toolsets. He uses them all. On the other hand, we have a few cans of paint sitting in the garage for touch ups and projects. We got rid of a few old cans to a local Tallahassee charity. But when getting rid of the extras, we agreed we didn’t need two leaf blowers or three knife sets. Ditch the extras to a local charity or Goodwill. If you have enough items they may come and pick them up free of charge, plus there is a tax write-off.
If You Don’t Use It, Lose It.
Some items may be difficult to part with. Sentimental value items are always the hardest to get rid of. Only you understand the value and story behind it. If it’s worthwhile to hold onto keeping it, but if it’s weighing you down or gathering dust, consider offering it to someone to hold onto it.
When Shopping Ask Yourself…
Below are a few questions to consider when you’re purchasing – and the same applies to donations or garage sale treasures. Because it’s free doesn’t signify it belongs in your space. Is it something I’ll use regularly? “Do I actually juice on a weekly basis, with this juicer my dad got me for Christmas?” Or will it just take up space on my counter?
Do I Currently Have A Similar Item? If So, You Don’t Need It!
Why do we all have a tendency to buy several similar clothing items again and again? If you have one or two cute black dresses, that is all you probably need. Time to declutter your home.
Where does it go when we get home? If we cannot think of a place it should go or its own spot, out of sight, then we will not purchase it. It will add clutter and you should get it under control asap.
How to Get Your Kitchen Organized & Declutter Your Home
- Toss chipped and broken items, they are dangerous.
- No need taking up prime cabinet space for items to get off the counter.
- Limit the number of reusable water bottles and on-the-go coffee mugs. We now have 4 of each.
- Split up utensils used for cooking on the stove and devices into two drawers.
- Clean off the counter from anything that fit into drawers. Furthermore, Use drawer dividers.
- Throw away mismatched and stained Tupperware containers. Buy new, smaller glass sets (they cost more but last longer).
- Get rid of old spices.
- If there is still not enough space for your kitchen items, more must go.
- Create a good space for each appliance, pan, etc to be put.
- Eliminate the random dishes that don’t belong to a set.
In Conclusion to Declutter Your Home
Here are the positives we are seeing from decluttering:
- Less mess to deal with and clean up.
- Saves money and time, not searching for and buying unneeded things.
- Makes life simpler when we need to look for things such as house keys.
- Helps us use the space to its full potential.
- Our spaces feel calmer in a clutter-free house. It looks better too.
The house still gets messy and dishes still seem to accumulate around the sink but knowing that things have a place is reassuring. If a room needs to be organized, it requires half the time to get in order. It’s not as overwhelming now. We have determined to not let clutter be the center of our lives anymore. All it does is consume time, focus, and space. Declutter your home and you will get back your happiness!
Keep It Up and Get Organized. We believe in You!
It takes time to go through any space and trim out the clutter, and trust us it’s a never-ending task. Stuff will usually find its way into your home! Take time to keep track and getting rid of what you’re accumulating. All you have to do is begin and in no time you will live in a clutter-free home. If you are getting ready to sell your home or move to a new one this will help you declutter your home in preparation. Give us a call or send us a message below if you have any questions.