Trying to declutter your home can be a daunting task, and something not everyone looks forward to. The only way to do it well is to focus on one room at a time! All you need to declutter your home and make it your sanctuary is to have five bins;
1 - Put Away.
This bin is for items that have snuck away from storage spaces and you have forgotten to put away. For example, this could be a jacket in the living room or a coffee cup in a bathroom.
2 - Recycle.
This is for items that need to be recycled, like paper, plastic or glass.
3 - Fix.
This bin is for items that need to be fixed.
4 - Rubbish.
For items that are for the actual bin!
These are items that you have no need for anymore. Donating is the best way to get rid of clothing, or household items that are no use to you anymore but might help someone else. Here are a couple of charities that are always on the hunt for unwanted items!
For this decluttering task, you can use bins, baskets or even cardboard boxes. The best thing to do is to bring these bins into each room as you declutter or leave them in a central place like your hall.
The important thing is that you don’t spend time searching for a bin while you’re decluttering. Have it all ready to go before you begin! Here’s a couple of options for some baskets to help you declutter, and they look good!
Bathrooms aren’t too bad when it comes to clutter, but surprising items can always pop up.
Start with your cabinet. Take everything out and throw out old medications, makeup and skincare. Put everything you’re keeping back into the cabinet, placing the items you use most often at eye level.
Next, move on to any drawers you have in your bathroom. Remove everything and do a quick evaluation of what you have to keep and what you’re throwing away. Place the items you will keep
back intro the drawers make sure to move the items you use most often into the top drawers.
To keep all the small bits in your drawer organised, have a look at our drawer organizers - usually for kitchen use, but can work equally well in all drawers around the house.
The same can be done with the shower/tub and finally, clear everything out from below your bathroom sink.
To start, make your bed. After, remove anything from your night stands that doesn’t belong there and put it in your Put Away bin. This might include books you’ve already finished, paper, pens of glasses. Throw out anything you no longer use, these could be pens that don’t work or chargers that are broken. Do the same for the top of your dressers and chests. Anything that needs folding or hanging can go into your Put Away bin.
Go through each drawer you have, and take everything out. Pull out anything that is no longer worn and put it in your Donation Bin. Fold and store everything you’re keeping.
If you keep a desk in your bedroom, try take that next!
Resist the urge to shove items back intro drawers, and instead, put them in your Put Away Bin. Throw out any rubbish or items you haven’t used in more than six months.
Return all items to their proper places. Fold or hang any clothing. We will help you with your closet next!
This is the place people hate the most to declutter…. the closet.
The easiest way to declutter your closet is to declutter your clothing type. That means starting with shoes, then dresses, then denim etc.
It’s a lot easier to decide to toss or keep a pair of jeans if you’re looking at your entire jean collection at once. So start pulling out different types of clothing and decide what you’ll toss and keep.
Once you’ve gone through each type of clothing, follow these four steps;
Put away anything that was in the wrong spot. E.G. If you had a pair of socks in your closet, put them in your drawers.
Put any dirty laundry into your hamper or bring into your utility room. https://www.organisedstore.ie/products/axis-folding-laundry-hamper
Anything that needs to be repaired or deep cleaned should go to a tailor or dry cleaner.
Any old clothes you don’t need can go to a charity.
Keeping your closet in order can be a difficult challenge, but with Elfa customisable shelving this can be made a lot easier.
The best way to declutter your hallway is to start with any desk or side tables you might have around. Go through each drawer, remove the contents and make a quick decision to toss or keep them.
Do you have space for your keys and other important items? Make sure everything is accessible and not too crowded. This will be it easier to get out of the door with what you need in the morning.
Your hall closet should be decluttered like any other closet; start with shoes and boots, then jackets, followed by accessories.
The hallway is another area that picks up a lot of clutter from other rooms. Spend time putting away anything that made its way to the hallway that belongs in another part of your home.
Keeping your kitchen clutter-free can be a real challenge, considering it’s the one place where the family and friends gather. We spend all our time in the kitchen cooking, eating and socialising.
Because the kitchen has so many different types of items in it, you can declutter your kitchen by focusing on one item type at a time eg. Chopping Boards, glassware, utensils, bakeware etc.
The key thing is to completely empty each space, assess each item and put everything back in. Start with major spaces first, like your pantry and large cabinets. Then move onto smaller cabinets, drawers and the space under your kitchen sink. Last but not least, concentrate on your countertops. Move as many items as possible from your countertop into storage spaces. Keep only what you use every day on countertops.
At the end, take your Put Away bin and return anything that doesn’t belong in the kitchen to its rightful storage space.
The living room is one of the hardest rooms to keep tidy on a daily basis. The key to keeping your living room tidy is to;
Decide on permanent storage spaces for commonly used items like remote controls, magazines and books.
Declutter your living room on a regular basis. Start with bookcases and side tables. Then move onto your coffee table and TV area. Empty the areas, assess them and the items in the area and then return them to their proper storage spaces.
Remove all electronics that are not connected to your TV or stereo system.
Store the items like chargers, gadgets and gaming equipment where you use them.
Finally, try tackle the toy situation. Assess all toys for their usability. Does is still function? Do your kids still play with it? Recycle or give to charity if they don’t.
Grab your Put Away Bin and return everything that belongs in another room to its storage space.