September 23rd Is National Declutter Day: How To Tackle The Clutter In Your Home, Room By Room

 

 

 

 

Everyone is talking about decluttering.  In fact, decluttering is so important it now has its own day: September 23rd is National DeClutter Day.  Why declutter? The answer is easy: Decluttering saves you time and saves you money. It also improves your health and happiness.  Being cluttered eats up a lot of time: Time looking for your keys, looking for the mail to pay the bills or trying to find an outfit to wear to work that day.  

 

And think about the real cost of clutter.  How about all the clothes in your closet with the tags still on them?  Or the pantry items you buy again and again cause you can’t find the mustard you bought the last time you went to the store?  And let’s talk what you are paying for off site storage spaces: $100 a month? $150 a month? It’s no wonder everyone is talking about decluttering!

 

Ahead of National DeClutter Day on September 23rd, there’s no better time to share some of my favorite tips to tackle the clutter room by room, and in turn, living a happier and healthier life:

 

 

  • Kitchen

 

      1. Tackle Tupperware (or all food storage).  Pull it all out and make sure every top has a bottom and every bottom has top.  If not … Out.
      2. Spices. Contrary to what my grandmother believed … spices do not last forever.  They eventually lose their flavor.  Ground spices 3-4 years and leafy spices 1-2 years.  And here’s a quick tip … write the year the spice was purchased on the lid.

 

  • Living Room

 

      1. Take a look around the room and see what items have homes they can be returned to.  Sometimes a quick returning of things to their proper homes will declutter a room in a very short time.
      2. Magazines.  The first item to make a room feel cluttered.  Last thing to be reread. Be honest about the time and interest you have and put magazines in the recycle bin.

 

  • Bathroom

 

      1. Start with under the bathroom sink.  That’s the first place to become a clutter catch all.  Cleaning products you longer use.  Out.  Bath toys the kids have outgrown? Out.   
      2. How about sunscreen?  It’s designed to last for 3 years but if it’s older than that, it loses it’s efficiency.

 

  • Bedroom

 

      1. Let’s declutter those nightstands.  Nothing gets the day off to a bad start than waking to a pile of clutter.  How many of those books stacked up there are you going to actually gonna read?
      2. We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.  So let’s get real about all the clothes spilling out of our closet.  Doesn’t fit?  Out.  Regret buying it and will never wear it? Out!

 

  • Garage

 

    1. Only 25% of American’s can park their cars in their garages.  Garages are the biggest offenders of clutter.  Let’s start with sports equipment.  Broken, worn out, no one plays that sport any more?  Out.
    2. Boxes of old paperwork?  Check with your tax advisor about what you really need to keep and shred the rest! If it’s a lot more than your little home shredder can held, consider calling a mobile shred company.

 


It is best to these projects up into manageable time chunks. Remember, Rome didn’t get cluttered in a day so it’s not going to get uncluttered in day. Use National Declutter Day as the day to kick off your decluttering.

 

Good luck!

 

By Tracy McCubbin, Founder, dClutterfly

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Five Spring Cleaning Tips We All Forget

Spring cleaning is one of the smartest tasks you can undertake each year. In actuality, despite its name, “spring” cleaning should be done at the beginning of each season in order to deep clean your home and purge it of any unnecessary clutter. Here are five areas of our home that we often forget when spring cleaning:

 

  • Baseboards

 

Not many people notice their baseboards on a daily basis, but they can get mighty gross. Being adjacent to the floor, baseboards endure a lot of abuse and get covered in filth from feet, pets, and dust. Fill a bucket with warm sudsy water and grab an old toothbrush. Gently scrub each baseboard, wiping the dirty water up as you go along with a cloth so the floors don’t get wet and damaged. You may be surprised what a difference clean baseboards make in regard to the aesthetic beauty of your house!

 

  • Junk Drawers

 

Admit it. You have a junk drawer. Or two. Or ten. Or at least one in each bathroom and the kitchen. Junk drawers are actually wonderful places to keep objects that don’t have a “place” in your home. These catch-alls house all sorts of random things like paperclips, pens, coins, batteries, and coupons. But, keep adding “junk’ to these drawers, and you’ll need to start using an additional one at some point. To clean out a junk drawer, dump it out and only put useful things back in it. Throw away dried up pens, expired coupons, old mail, and other useless stuff. It’s okay to have a junk drawer as long as you keep it under control.

 

  • Clothes

 

What do clothes have to do with spring cleaning you may ask? Many people add and add to their closets without ever purging them. Next thing you know you have old concert t-shirts from the eighties crowding your space. Instead of picking things out of your closet to donate or throw away, take everything out and lay it on your bed. Only return what you love back to your closet. Make sure you do this to each of your kids’ closets as well. Kids grow and their clothes get rips and stains from every day wear and tear. Purging wardrobes is a great way to know what’s missing or what needs to be replaced.

 

  • Vents

 

It’s easy to forget about the vents in your house. Air vents get caked with dust, pet dander, and other allergens and those particles end up in the air we breathe. Replace these at the beginning of each season. And our dryer vent can become a fire hazard if it’s not cleaned regularly. It’s worth paying a professional to come do this properly for you.

 

  • Dust

 

This one may seem obvious when it comes to spring cleaning, but many dusty spots are neglected during a regular dusting routine. Check the top of your refrigerator, as well as your cabinets. Dusk your blinds and plantation shutters if you have them. And, underneath furniture and the tops of fan blades are other spots to clean. Removing all that dust will make the air in your house easier to breathe!

Spring cleaning can be cathartic and even fun! There’s no better feeling than having an immaculately clean and thoroughly purged home, even if it only stays that way for a short time!

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