Are you looking around your home wondering how you’ll ever clear it of clutter? It can be a daunting task, to say the least. And while some organizing experts say it can take weeks or months to properly purge, that can feel overwhelming. Take the pressure off by committing to a simple, weekend long decluttering schedule. By following these tips, you’ll feel much less stressed come Monday morning.
Before getting started, you should take a few days to get yourself organized and make a plan. Try to schedule your purging weekend at a time when you don’t have many other commitments. The more you can focus on the task at hand, the better. Gather the supplies you’ll need including boxes, trash bags, tape, markers and storage containers. Make a list of all the rooms you’ll tackle, and how much time you think you’ll need for each.
Set a timer
Once you begin a room, set a timer. It might sound crazy, but it works. Setting a timer will keep you motivated and on task. It will also help you make tough decisions knowing that the clock is ticking.
Decide what to purge
How many times have you found an item in your home that you totally forgot you had? Why are you still holding on to it? The more items you keep that you don’t use, the more time you spend taking care of them. Do yourself a favor and purge those things you no longer use, clothes that don’t fit, and items that are broken. Make a pile for discards. If you are having a hard time deciding about certain things, create a separate pile you can come back to later in the week. Remember, the things you no longer use could still have life left in them, so think about donating those items to charity.
Give it a good cleaning
Once you’ve decluttered each room, give it a good cleaning. Wipe down surfaces and vacuum or mop the floors. Get the dust bunnies out of the corners and open windows for some fresh air. You don’t have to give each room a deep clean, but do take a little time to tidy up.
Organize what you’re keeping
Now that you’ve got all those unused and unwanted items cleared away, it’s time to organize what’s left. Yes, this can be a challenging task. But don’t feel like it has to be perfect. Look around your home for storage containers you already have, such as plastic tubs, boxes and baskets. Keep similar items together and mark boxes with their contents so you don’t forget later.
Donate to people in need
There are plenty of locations that are looking for donations, including old coats and blankets for the the winter. Consider giving your slightly used items to Goodwill, The Salvation Army or a local shelter. The Salvation Army has a free pick up service for your donated goods and clothing. For anyone that still has unwrapped toys laying around in your closets, The Toys for Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys and distribute them as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in our community.
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