The Easy Secret to a Clutter Free Home
Decluttering your house when you have kids is so hard! Before you have kids, your house is fairly organized (if you don’t count your husband’s clothes that never quite seem to make it to the hamper ;)). But, then, slowly, the toys take over, the kitchen counter is covered with papers, and you just got a puncture wound from a Lego on the floor that you didn't notice.
And don’t even get me started on the laundry!
When your house is overrun with clutter and mess, it is so hard to get motivated to start getting organized! When you look around at how much there is to do, I mean, where do you even start?!
There is an Easy Way to Declutter Your Home
Well, I am here today to tell you two very important things:
- Decluttering and organizing is an ongoing process. You don’t just “set it and forget it”. Sorry!
- If you are feeling overwhelmed with how to start conquering the clutter, there is a super easy way to declutter your home.
I can tell you this works because it is exactly how I started to declutter my house a year ago. I was there. We had just had our third baby and were contemplating moving. I looked around and couldn’t imagine packing (and then unpacking) all of the stuff I saw laying around.
Toys, textbooks from college (we had both graduated about 10 years before!), clothes, books we didn’t plan on rereading, a gazillion blankets, so much stuff.
What was I going to do with it all?
I decided to just get a box and fill it up as I came across things we could get rid of.
Don't Do It All At Once
That’s the secret I want to share with you today – decluttering doesn’t have to be some massive, weekend purging, yard sale event. We lived in a bad location for a yard sale and I didn’t feel like gathering everything up and spending my weekend watching people shop my stuff. I didn’t think much of it was worth selling on Ebay, and I tried some things on online yard sale sites, but didn’t want to be running around meeting people all the time.
So, I decided that the majority of our stuff that was in good shape, we were going to just donate.
I got a box and filled it up. I actually filled up 3 boxes that afternoon.
And I took about a trunk load of stuff to Goodwill about 2 or 3 times a week for the next few months. Yes, we had that much stuff.
And ever since that day, I have kept a running “donation” box in an easy to access area of our house. Now, as I am cleaning up or just doing things around the house and I come across something that needs to go, I just put it in. When the box is full, I close it up, and take it to Goodwill. Keeping a “give away” box (as my kids call it), makes it so easy to declutter your home.
The best part? I mean, besides a less cluttered house? If you take it to a nonprofit charity and they give you a receipt, it is tax deductible! (I am not a tax lawyer, so check the laws before you deduct it)
Starting is the Hardest Part
Once you get the level of clutter down to a manageable level, it becomes much easier to look at a problem area and say “I’m going to organize that today!”. I’ll be honest, it took a few months (and lots of boxes) before I actually felt like I was making a difference. So, be patient with yourself if you take several boxes to charity and still feel like your house is totally full. It will get better!
How Kids Can Help Declutter Your Home
If you have young children who are “less than thrilled” to get rid of a toy that they ‘“love” (and by love, I mean hadn’t played with in 6 months until you tried to get rid of it), then get them involved in decluttering your home by telling them to pick some toys that they are done with and they think another boy or girl, who doesn’t have very many toys, would like to have. You’ll be surprised at the size of your child’s heart. I know I was when I started decluttering with my girls.
A Declutter Warning
One word of caution I would give you is this – don’t start giving away your spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend’s stuff without checking with them. At first, I was just getting rid of my stuff and the kids’ stuff because my husband just wasn’t ready to part with his stuff (remember those college textbooks I mentioned earlier? Not mine.). It took the better part of 6 months of me consistently getting rid of things before my husband jumped on board and is now much more willing to part with items he doesn’t use.
I find that having a donation box constantly available, really make the decluttering process possible. I don’t have to do some marathon decluttering (#ain’tnobodygottimeforthat). I can just declutter as I go through my normal routine.
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You Can Do It
Find a box and put it somewhere you walk by frequently. Don’t even put anything in it right now if you don’t want to. But, next time you see something obsolete, you will have a place to put it. And then, my friend, it’s smooth sailing from there!
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