The new year has just begun and so has the task of cleaning up your clutter. If you’re like me, you still have a few decorations and gifts lying around the house. I love my winter decorations but it’s time to let them go and get ready for Spring. Here’s a few tips on how to get started.
First, don’t try to do everything all in one day unless you ate a whole box of Wheaties and you’re rearing to go! Set aside a couple of hours per week and you’ll get a lot accomplished. Next, think about which area of your home is causing you the most stress from it’s clutter. Maybe it’s the living room, your bed room or entry way. Start there.
Grab 3 good size boxes for collecting items: a Throw Away box, Give-Away box and a Storage box. Then proceed with the following steps.
1. Throw Away box: Place any items like broken pens, old magazines, junk mail, greeting cards, etc. here. Some of these items you will later recycle and some will go in the trash. For now, place them all in the box.
2. Give-Away box: Place any item that you no longer want, need or have a use for, like jackets, books, the striped sweater you received from Aunt Mary, in this box. These items can be donated to a friend, family member (not Aunt Mary!) or to charity. Or, save the items for you garage sale, but only if you’re really planning on having one, or your garage will end up looking like the houses on that T.V. show, Hoarders.
3. Storage box: Place in this box anything you want to keep but isn’t in it’s proper place like, Holiday decorations, tools, shoes etc. You don’t have to put them away right now, just put them in the box.
If filling these three boxes was enough to wear you out, then your done for the day. You are now one step closer to getting organized. Keep these boxes handy, as you go about your business during the week you may add to them. Next week you’ll be ready to start emptying them. Then, move on to the next room and start again! Before you know it, your entire home will be clutter-free and you’ll be stress-free! It doesn’t mater if it takes you a month or more to do this. What is important is that you start. The small steps you take today, will make a big difference tomorrow!