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05 February 2020
Union Realty

Is it really that time of year again?  Are you as overwhelmed with the thought of purging the clutter that has accumulated in the last decade as I am? If you are ready to start the new decade with a clean slate, or clean space, check out our declutter your home checklist. I think the bedroom is a good place to start, but our checklist gives you the strategy  you need to succeed in decluttering every room in your home. 

1. Stop with the Storage Bins.

Don’t go out and buy a bunch of pretty new bins, baskets and storage containers. First things first. Although new storage bins and sleek containers are tempting it’s important to figure out where they will fit, how they will function and what you actually need before purchasing anything new. You can buy all the bins that you want later but you don’t need them cluttering your space while you are trying to clean up and declutter. 

2. Plan Your Attack.

It’s true Rome wasn’t built in a day and your declutter likely won’t be done in a day. Set aside a specific amount of time to work on each space. This way you won’t get totally overwhelmed and discouraged. Completely finish one room or space before moving to the next. I find a 2-3 hour window of decluttering is enough time for one day. Any more time then that and it gets overwhelming and never-ending. Finish your task and go do something fun. 

3. Toss the Trash.

It’s an easy place to start. I like to begin with garbage bags in hand when I start any room. The easiest way is to begin with the surfaces you can see. The surfaces of the dressers and bedside tables and even the shelves in your closet can all be cleared. Throw out the obvious trash and then dig deeper, open the drawers. After removing everything in your sightline  (excluding bedside lamps and the things you use/need on the daily). Take the garbage bags to the bins as soon as they are full. Take any boxes or bags for donating straight out to your car. Don’t surround yourself with more clutter as you clear. 

4. Get Real.

Nobody has a closet that looks like the one they feature in the decorating magazines.  Believe me, I know, I see a ton of houses and a ton of closets and nobody lives as they present in the photographs. Have realistic expectations and you won’t disappoint yourself. Good enough is good enough when it comes to decluttering and organization.

5. Decide to Donate.

A basic rule of thumb for everything, not just applicable to clothing, is to simply ask yourself does this bring me joy? The second rule would be, have I actually touched it in the last 12 months? If you haven’t then perhaps it’s time to decide to donate it. Here is the other hard and fast rule. Do not let it sit in your house while you wait to take it to the donation bin or give it to a friend who you think really wants it. Take it right then and there and be done with it. Put it in your trunk and drive it to the bin or to the friend. Leaving the donation items piled up around you won’t help you to get the job done. 

When all else fails call in a professional. There are some amazing home organizers who will take the pain out of the process. Check out our resource list for someone local to give you a hand.