Clearing Out Your Home Before It Gets Cluttered

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Whether it’s old papers, toys that belong in the kids’ rooms or a stack of dishes that should be in the dishwasher, clutter can build up quickly. Take the time to clear out and reduce these messes before they pile up. Learn more:

Household Clearing Out: Organizing and Decluttering Tips

Start with a single room or space. For example, a closet, office or pantry. Take everything out and begin by grouping like items together (dresses, shoes, denim, etc). Then sort them to decide what you’re going to keep, what’s being donated or tossed and what’s not being kept at all.

It can be challenging to sort through all of the things we own. If you come across an item you’re not sure about, but think you might need or want it someday, place it in a “maybe” box. Then, set a reminder on your calendar for six months to check in with the box and see what’s still there.

Don’t forget to go through all of your storage spaces as well. Adding bins or extra shelving to your closets and under-sink cabinets can instantly create more usable space. Also, consider putting seasonal items in boxes and stashing them in the garage or basement until they’re needed again. This will save you the headache of unpacking, sorting and re-storing them. It will also make more room for things you actually use on a daily basis. This will help your home feel more functional and welcoming. It will also make it easier to maintain, which will save you time and money in the long run.


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