How to De-Clutter Your Home For the New Year
It always amazes me how fast each year goes by nowadays!
Weren’t we just celebrating Independence Day?
I am an Aries. Arians are the first sign in the Zodiac. Astrologically and astronomically it is the first thirty-degree arc beginning at the point of the Spring Equinox. My Native American spirit guide is butterfly which represents rebirth and new beginnings.
Between my Astrological sign and my spirit guide, I am all about the rebirth and new beginning of things.
I always look forward to the New Year because that’s just what it is…NEW!
New year, new job, new beginnings, new outlook, so many new and exciting things await each of us.
2012 is going to be an exciting year and I want to be a part of it.
I have already begun writing my Hubs on putting our homes in order with “Getting Prepared in 2012” and 72 Hr. Emergency Kits. I am passionate about these subjects as I have experienced firsthand how important it is to be prepared for any disaster or financial crisis.
There will be two other areas I am going to write about later which will make my life easier and also give me health and strength. Anyone who would like to join me for the ride, I welcome with open arms. Remember, I love learning about other ideas and views as well in these areas. The more input, the better.
The first area I will write about in this Hub is how to de-clutter, and organize your home.
Hubbing a Great Topic
Now, it’s obvious that this subject has been written and discussed over and over again. Am I tired of seeing it? Absolutely NOT! There are some wonderful HUBS that touch on the subject of de-cluttering and organization. The only thing different between mine and the other HUBS is that it’s mine and how I had learned through the years to get organize and to de-clutter my home.
I have to admit that I used to be a “What if” kind of gal. You know the type… “What if I will need these 15 year old papers someday”, “What if I know someone who has a friend who has a sister that just had a baby boy who might need my ex-husband’s old baseball glove?”
I think most of you, if not all of you know exactly what I mean. Don’t you?
Because everyone’s home is different, there is no wrong way in getting yourself de-cluttered and organized. The good news is that YOU ARE DOING IT!!!! However, there are less stressful ways to go about it. Hopefully my ideas and tips will motivate and help you in what you want to accomplish.
Isn’t it amazing just how much we accumulate over the years? Sometimes, my “Catch-All” room needs a “catch-all” room!
De-Clutter and Away We GO!
Cleaning our home is pretty much second nature to us. But, de-cluttering can be a little stressful, especially to those who like to hold on for things. So I’m here to offer my advice and experience in the way I de-clutter. First, take some gasoline and a match….. just kidding… Wow.. I could hear your gasps all the way through my computer!
Okay folks.. It’s time to D-E-C-L-U-T-T-E-R!!
You will need the following:
- 6 Plastic Tote Bins (The lids will not be used at this time)
- Magic Marker
- Index cards
On two cards write the words “KEEP” and tape each card to two bins and put bins in one area.
On the next two cards, write the words “THROW AWAY” and “RECYCLE” and tape those two cards on two more bins and place those bins together in another area.
On the last two cards, write the words “DONATE” and tape them on the last two bins and place those bins in a different area.
As you go through each room in your home, keep in mind that you need to focus on one area at a time.
I like to start with the closets and anything on shelves, including medicine cabinets.
The whole idea is to be completely open-minded and honest with you and ask yourself 2 questions:
- DO I REALLY NEED IT?
- CAN IT BE DONATED or RECYCLED?
When you ask yourself “If you really need it”, be honest and realistic. Think about this:
- When was the last time I used it
- When would I ever need it again? (If more than 6 months- get rid of it)
- Are these papers worth keeping? (If they are not already filed or in a safety deposit box, chances are, you don’t need them. RECYCLE BIN!
- Once you have established that you don’t need it, determine whether or not if it can be recycled or donated.
See how easy it is? Don’t try to over analyze why you need to hold onto it or keep it or whether or not you should get rid of it. Go with your first thought and reaction. You will be surprised with how much “Stuff” you can unload with those simple questions.
Don’t be afraid to get rid of it! Cleansing and purging is good. Remember, it’s all about the rebirth and new beginnings!
After the cleansing has taken place, it’s important to organize the remaining items you keep.
Who knows what that might be, but one thing to remember is to make sure you keep them clean, easy to access and don’t allow them to clutter up the area you just de-cluttered.
TOTE BINS "R" US
I LOVE tote bins to organize. My preference is those that are clear so I can actually see what’s in the box.
(Tote bins also come in an array of colors and sizes depending on your needs)
This saves a lot of time when I am searching for something specific.
I usually buy the totes with the snap on lids for a few of reasons:
a) Lids prevent God’s furry critters from getting inside
b) Keeps the contents safe from water damage
c) A little more stable for stacking
Some of my items I place in totes are:
§ My linens, such as table cloths, napkins, and placemats
§ Craft supplies, such as paints and brushes, glue guns and glue sticks
§ First Aid supplies
The possibilities are endless.
On a note, I like to store my totes in closets, under beds, and in the garage; pretty much out of sight.
I don’t like when company comes over and I have 30 totes stacked from floor to ceiling in the living room. The operative word here is STORAGE; put away, unseen.
De-cluttering is healthy. When we have less clutter, we can focus on the important things in life, such as our family and ourselves, our minds become less cluttered because we know where things are, and last but certainly not least, it makes us feel better about our homes and ourselves. What more could you ask for?
I’m excited about starting my year end de-cluttering. I hope you are too!
And remember…. HAVE FUN WITH IT!
Great Hubs on De-cluttering Your Home
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