I walked out to my garage today and, although I go out there every day, I shook my head in aggravation. The whole left side is filled with junk. This is the abyss of nothingness and, since I use the garage to do my laundry, I hate looking at it.
We have the lawn equipment, boxes we haven’t unpacked since moving, bikes, scooters, skateboards, tools, husband’s work equipments and who KNOWS what else. While the garage serves the purpose of keeping all these things “out of the way” I really just need a day to either get rid of all this stuff or put it all away in storage units.
As I ponder ways to declutter the garage, I also looked around my home and realized a LOT of our stuff can go. I’m not all about hanging on to items unless they are being used, know what I’m saying? So, I”m on a mission to declutter in a week and have it ALL planned out below.
I know it sounds daunting. It’s almost like spring cleaning, which we ALL know we hate to do, but I promise this will be a life saver once the Holidays rolls around. You can’t declutter and organize in a day, especially if you’ve lived in your home for several years. I’m lucky, because we just moved in last Spring, but I want to stay motivated to keep my house clutter-free. So, I’m using a whole week to do this, but only setting aside an hour or two a day. I mean, c’mon. We’re Moms we don’t have a lot of time on our hands to begin with, right? Let’s get started!
Day 1: Start in your bedroom. I started here because I spend most of my time and it’s my favorite room in the house. If I can get THIS room decluttered I’ll feel accomplished. Grab a 2 boxes or large garbage bags. Sweep through your dresser and closet, putting away ALL clothes you haven’t worn in a year. I mean, really? Why are you hanging on to those anyway? Throw away old tshirts, underwear, and socks and put all “decent” clothes in a bag for storage, garage sale, or Goodwill. Do the same with jewelry, perfumes, shoes, and bed linens.
Day 2: Tackle closets. Now that you’re accomplished, go through all the closets in the house. I’m talking coat closet, linen closet, and, yes, even kids closets. Again, have two bags handy to place unused items and “throw away” items.
Day 3: Attack the kids rooms. I’ll be honest, I did this with my daughter’s room and it took about 30 minutes. I left out of there with TWO garbage bags of trash. Throw away broken toys, old notebooks, broken crayons/pencils. Most kids keep all this extra stuff that really has no place in the house. It’s just taking up room.
Day 4: Take 30 minutes to tend to the bathrooms in the house. I say 30 minutes because you PROBABLY don’t have much in there, but it’s good to throw away old shampoo, soap, torn up towels, old toothbrushes, and all that make-up you’re holding on to, but haven’t used in over a year.
Day 5: Sweep through the living room, sitting area, and/or family room. Use one box for scratched/broken video games, broken game controllers, furnishings you’re ready to get rid of or are taking up room. Don’t forget old candles and picture frames.
Day 6: You’re almost done. It’s time for the kitchen. This takes me the longest because I have SO much in there, but cooking will go faster if you do this. In your two boxes, put away old cookbooks you never use, kitchen gadgets you don’t use, dishes that haven’t seen use since Christmas of 2003. You get the picture. You want room to cook. You don’t want to go through an abyss of old dishes every day. Throw away expired food in your pantry and fridge.
Day 7: By now you’ve probably already designated a “spot” with all your decluttered extras. Mine is my garage. Use this day to throw away all the broken items you know nobody in their right mind would buy at a garage sale. Then make two groups of items, one for GoodWill the other for Storage. Don’t hang on to ANY of it, even if you think you’ll have a garage sale soon. The goal is to have ALL of your extra stuff OUT of the house within a week.
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