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Would you believe me if I said you could declutter your entire home in just 20 days?
It doesn’t have to be hard and you certainly don’t have to be a neat freak to enjoy the 20/20 movement. You also don’t need a lot of time or money.
So, I’m inviting you to jump on board to share in the energy of creating clutter free spaces to live in and enjoy!
Here’s 20 ways you can become Clutter-Free in 20 days!
Tip 1 – Don’t double touch
Complete all tasks you start, no matter how big or how small. If you leave something half complete, you will create more clutter and only have to go back later to complete it which is more time consuming!
Tip 2 – Tackle the medicine cabinet
Start at the medicine cabinet – go through your cabinet and throw out all the out-of-date medication. Use containers to separate the types of medication to keep the cabinet clean in the future. All pain medication can go into one container, all sinus medication in another, bandaids and bandages in another, etc.
Tip 3 – Linen cupboard
Time to clean up the linen cupboard. Dispose of all sheet sets and towels with holes in them. Ditch sheets that are the wrong size for any of your beds, and kids towels and robes that they may have grown out of. To keep sheet sets all together and neat and tidy, put all sheets and pillowcases inside one of the pillowcases to keep sets together. Allow one shelf for each size bed, and towels, etc.
Tip 4 – A little bit of time
All it takes is a little bit of time set aside each day. Make yourself set aside 15 minutes to start decluttering! A little bit of time goes a long way.
Tip 5 – Shoe issues in the entry
Tackle the entry – shoes in particular! Go through all those shoes and throw out anything that has been sitting there for more than a year and not been worn. Then use shoe boxes or shelving to stack and store your shoes. Same with coat and hat racks.
Tip 6 – Get someone to help you
Who are you going to pick to help you through your decluttering journey? A family member, friend? By asking someone to help you, you keep motivated throughout the whole decluttering process!
Tip 7 – Utensils drawer
Time to hit the kitchen. Start small with your utensils drawers. Reorganise your cutlery and throw out anything that isn’t part of a set. Next the utensils. Cutlery partitions can help with this process! If you have doubles, throw it out.
Tip 8 – Hit the bathroom
Do small things to remove the immediate clutter from your bathroom. Today, collect all extra toothbrushes, empty shampoo bottles, empty hairspray cans and throw them out! Even if they only have an inch of shampoo left, they have to go, now. Collect all random bobby pins and put them in a container so there is no escaping!
Tip 9 – Labels are your friend
Trust me! By labelling you are making it clear that everything has a home and there are no excuses for not remembering where something goes. If it doesn’t have a designated home, it is probably time to get rid of it.
Tip 10 – Get into the garage
Time to get rid of the multiple bottles of poison, dried up paint tins and half empty car wash soaps. This is also a great time to go through hardware and sort through nails, screws, bolts and nuts and place in containers and labelled so they are easy to locate and use.
Tip 11 – Clean out your wardrobe
This could be a killer, but it needs to be done. Today its time to tackle your wardrobe. If you haven’t worn it for over a year, do you really need it? All items that have stains or holes also need to go. Do the same with shoes, underwear and jewellery!
Tip 12 – There are only two options
You only have two options to help you declutter – ditch your things or invest in more storage space. Remember if you choose to invest in more storage space, make sure it can be hidden away – closed doors keep everything streamlined and clean!
Tip 13 – Remember to donate
With whatever you can, remember to donate! Clothes, books, old kids toys, etc. Not only are you getting rid of your clutter, but you are helping someone else out in the process! It’s a win win situation.
Tip 14 – Add extra lighting
Open up your windows and turn on the lights! By adding more lighting to your space, it will seem larger and more open, which means it will also appear less cluttered!
Tip 15 – Remember to stand back and admire your progress
This will keep you motivated! We are well past the halfway mark! Well done! It doesn’t hurt to stop once in a while and stand back and look at the changes you have made to your space! All of that hard work and time does pay off and you will feel so much better for it!
Tip 16 – The kitchen pantry
Time to sort through the pantry. All out of date food needs to go. Organise a fruit and veggie bowl and a spice rack for all spices. All Tupperware and takeaway containers should be stacked neatly with lids nearby! All old plastic drink bottles also need to go! With dinnerware, make sure they are in sets, if not, does it really need to be there?
Tip 17 – Your clutter didn’t appear overnight
So stop thinking that the clutter will all go away overnight. Decluttering requires persistence. By tackling one thing at a time you will slowly get through it. Looking at the big picture can be very overwhelming and doesn’t help you declutter at all!
Tip 18 – Make your bed every day
This helps your declutter journey immensely! If anything, your bedroom should be a safe haven from all the decluttering that is going on in the rest of your spaces so make this space as welcoming and relaxing as possible. By making your bed every day, it also keeps you motivated and on task with decluttering!
Tip 19 – Kids toys
All the McDonald’s toys need to go. Anything that is slightly broken or damaged also needs to go. Anything that is sentimental to yourself or your child, store in a safe place! All books and children’s clothes also need to be organised.
Tip 20 – Don’t stop now
Spring cleaning gives your home that fresh gleam that can shine! By doing a spring clean at least once each year, your home stays clutter free and organised. This also keeps your clutter down!
Thanks so much for joining me in 20 ways 20 days to a clutter free space!