Your home should be a place of peace and restfulness. After all your little ones need mom to be at her best at all times (am I right?). Ask your self these 3 basic questions; when was the last time you could look at any room in your home and feel satisfied with the state it is in? Do you spend more time cleaning than you do with your children? Do you have stuff all over the place and in random nooks and crannies? If you don’t like how you answered those three questions then it’s safe to say its time to declutter and organize your home. Here is my mom proofed tips on how to declutter your home. Check out my Free Resource Library for a printable decluttering checklist to mark off as you go.
It might sound like an impossible task to go declutter your entire house but I promise, its SIMPLE. I will take you step by step through every room in your house and we will declutter it together, simply. You may get overwhelmed at times because letting go of things can be hard, especially if they have any sort of memory attached to them. Before I started decluttering my home I didn’t want to get rid of anything. What if I needed to use it later? Which never actually happens! How many items do you keep because you will “need it later”? Now let’s talk about what you will need to start decluttering.
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Grab some boxes
The first step is to grab 4 cardboard boxes to put stuff in. I recommend using old cardboard boxes as opposed to buying totes or what ever else these fancy organizers tell you to get. You can get boxes from your local grocery store or any local store for that matter. Just call them ahead of time and they’re usually happy to set them aside for you. Then grab a marker and label these 4 boxes like this;
Box one- Trash
This is for any garbage or broken items or things no one will get a use out of.
Box two- Recycle
This is for any plastic containers, batteries, old light bulbs and things like that, that are better to be recycled than just thrown in the trash. Even get rid of all those parenting magazines you’ve been meaning to read. Let’s help protect our environment mamas.
Box three- Donate/Sell
I like to sell what I’m not using if I think it has any value to it like certain clothes or bigger items. The rest just throw in the donate box. There are tons of places you can donate to such as a local mom who’s in need, The Salvation Army, Good Will or The Purple Heart. Did you know The Purple Heart sells your donations and uses the proceeds to go towards veterans and their families? The best part is they will come right to your doorstep to get your unused clothing and household items. Talk about a time saver on your part, #momwin.
Box four- Put away
This box is for items that don’t belong in the area your decluttering and need to go back to their proper location.
Tackle one space at a time
Remember when I said I was going to make this simple when showing you how to declutter your home? Well this is my secret, doing it one small space at a time, little by little. Being a mom is very demanding and time consuming, I know! I’m a mother and I’ve begun decluttering my house following these steps with success and I know you can to!
How to know what to get rid of
I know your wondering “what exactly should I be getting rid of?” That mama, is a good question. When going through your house you want to ask these 8 simple questions regarding any item.
1. Have I used this item in the past year?
2. Is this item broken in any way?
3. Do I have this “incase” I need/want to use it later?
4. Do I have more than one of these?
5. Is there a sentimental value for this item?
6. Could something else I own do the same thing as this?
7. Could someone else benefit from having this more than my family?
8. Is this something my child can break?
Start with the room you use the most, for my family that’s the kitchen.
You want to start by gathering up any garbage and throwing it in the garbage box. Remember, this can be anything from old paper plates, garbage bags you’ve been putting off taking to the outdoor garbage or broken plates and glasses. The next thing to do is tackle each part of the kitchen. Start in one cabinet and working onto the next asking your 8 important questions. Want to remember these 8 questions? You can print a copy to reference in my Free Resource Library that you can have full access to by signing up to my weekly newsletter. Once that room is done move onto the next, working on one small space in each room at a time. Keep reading to see how to declutter your home, room by room.
What to declutter in each room
Work on each item in this list without moving on to the next until the last one is completely done. Don’t forget to wipe out and sanitize each area before moving onto the next.
Throw out any garbage and get rid of items that don’t belong by putting in the appropriate box. This includes your kids toys, old papers and bills, trash and anything else you may have sitting on your counters that don’t belong or should have another home.
This also includes under the sink and the spice cabinet.
Any silverware drawers and junk drawers you may have.
Throw out any food that is expired and donate food you will never use. I don’t even know how but I often find food in my pantry I won’t use. It could be because I buy it on sale wanting to try it or it was free.
Throw out any spoiled or expired food and wipe down the entire inside of the fridge.
Are you seeing the progress? Pretty soon you will be showing your mama friends how to declutter your home.
Get rid of any outdated products or products you will never use. Also get rid of old towels and rags. Consider donating them to your local animal shelter.
Toss anything you will not use including makeup that is older than a year, old hair sprays and gels and any nail polish you haven’t worn in a year. Don’t forget to wipe the drawers out.
Get rid of any garbage or old products that are just sitting out
Get rid of any old soap or shampoos and throw away old loofahs. Clean the shower thoroughly when your done.
Get rid of anything that does not belong on the back of the toilet. The only thing you should have here is extra rolls of toilet paper or nothing at all to keep it feeling clean and well organized.
Throw out anything in there you have not used in the last year. Old coats, shoes, toys, games, anything that has had no use and put into the appropriate boxes.
Clean out any garbage or clutter and put in the box it goes in. Make sure to wipe and dust it out good when your done.
Pack away or get rid of toys your kids have outgrown or do not use or play with. Consider rotating your kids toys to keep the mess contained.
Go through and get rid of any clothes that you have not worn in a year or clothes that no longer fit. Also get rid of any clothes that are ripped, holey, stained or frayed in any way. Then get rid of anything else you have in there that you have not used in the last year; old blankets, foot massagers, random household items and shoes are a few we had to get rid of.
Get rid of anything damaged or that doesn’t fit or you have not worn in the last year.
Get rid of any clothes your kids have outgrown or toys they have not played with in a while. Consider rotating your kids toys to keep the mess and clutter contained.
Decluttering your home doesn’t have to be a scary thing to do. Doing small spaces at a time works! This guide on how to declutter your home works, I promise!
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