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I’ve always found it ironic that it takes a lot of hard work to keep my house relatively empty. It doesn’t really seem fair, actually – shouldn’t it be more work for me to keep my home filled with stuff??
But sadly, this is not the case.
Since I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one in this boat, I figured I should share the decluttering techniques I use to clean and perpetuate cleanliness in my home!
Here are the 4 steps I take every month to declutter my home and keep it that way:
Step 1: Purge, and Purge Often
While I am NOT talking about the drastic steps documented in the 2013 horror hit film “The Purge,” (which, side note – good movie. Well, maybe not good so much as fun to see with friends. Well… maybe not fun so much as terrifying… Okay, I almost got kicked out of the theater for screaming too much WHATEVER I don’t like scary movies leave me alone…)
I am talking about taking intentional time to gut most, (if not all), of the areas of your house once a month. And by “gutting,” I mean sorting through and getting rid of:
- Things you’re no longer using
- Things that are broken, (that you can’t or don’t want to repair)
- Things that are no longer practical
Why purge through your stuff this frequently?
I’m interested in helping you sustain your decluttered home, and this takes consistency!
If you’re like me, living in a constant state of little-to-no clutter sounds too good to be true. And, “purging” through all of your belongings once a month sounds like an intimidating time and energy commitment, especially if you have work, kids, and a lot of stuff! But I’ve got you covered!
Join our email list to grab a copy of my FREE Monthly Declutter Schedule at the bottom of this post to stay organized, motivated and use your limited time wisely.
The reality is, dedicating smaller chunks of time to purging throughout the month is more effective than trying to clean out your home in two or three big waves throughout the year.
The schedule covers this in depth, but once a week I focus on purging one specific part of the house: Kitchen, Living Room, Bedrooms and Bathrooms, etc.! By spacing out your purging process throughout the month, you’re protected from being overwhelmed and more effective in cleaning the room you’re working on.
Step 2: Don’t let Sentiment Drive You Insane
When I was around 12 years old, I had several stuffed animals I almost added to the give-away pile, since I hadn’t played with them in years. Makes sense, right? But, after reflecting on all we’d been through together, I realized there was no way I could give away Polar Bear, Green Alligator Puppet or Beanie Baby Dragon!
It took me 10 long years, but finally – they’re still in my house.
(Our relationship’s a little rocky, but we’re doing okay.)
I wish I could say I’ve gotten better at getting rid of stuff I was once attached to, but even after several moves and bouts downsizing, it’s still a struggle to get rid of special things. And the reality is, that’s okay! Some sentimental objects are WORTH preserving!
But probably not as many as we hold on to.
During your purging process, honestly assess what’s important to you, your family, and your future generations. If there is a series of mementos you truly can’t part with, brainstorm ways to combine them. This saves space and makes storing sentimental objects easier!
A good example of this principle are “clothing quilts.” I’ve seen people create super cute quilts from their kid’s outgrown baby clothes! Though I’ve never made one myself, I understand how easy it is to try and save every single outfit you little one’s ever worn. And that make sense, because so many important things happen in every single baby outfit!
(“But this was the first outfit she ever pooped through! It’s a milestone! WE HAVE TO SAVE IT!”)
This DIY project is a good example of 1) saving important mementos in a way that 2) maximizes space and 3) makes the mementos easy to store. (And bonus – it’s great to display!)
Step 3: Keep Space at the Forefront of Your Mind
By this, I mean you need to change your viewpoint of your living space to scout out opportunities where you can maximize your space, and even create more!
Look for places where you can add shelves, cabinets or other storage devices. With the storage you do have, look for ways to re-organize to create more space, and consider repurposing any and all furniture to meet YOUR needs.
Which is the perfect lead into our last point…
Step 4: Make Your Décor Practical
I talk about this in more detail in this post, but as you’re looking for ways to create space in your home, be sure that your home is set up in a way that meets your needs. Otherwise, no matter how beautiful your home décor may be, you will be frustrated in your living space.
I truly hope these steps help you declutter your living space! For help in practically applying the steps in this post, always feel free to reach out, and subscribe to this blog to receive my FREE Monthly Declutter Schedule!
Stay restless, Creatives!