How to Declutter Your Home Fast

It happens gradually: You accumulate more and more things until you can’t open certain closets for fear of an avalanche or your drawers are stuffed so full they barely close. If your “new year, new me” mantra involves becoming a tidier, more organized person and decluttering your home, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s take a look at some tips for organizing some of the usual clutter suspects — your kitchen, your bedroom, and your office.

 

3 Tips for Decluttering Your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the biggest culprits of clutter accumulation. Random gadgets or ingredients bought for use in a specific recipe get tossed in a cabinet and forgotten about, and you might have random items like small toys or school papers that don’t even belong in the kitchen but get collected in the notorious “junk drawer” everyone seems to have. Here’s how you can quickly reduce the clutter in your kitchen.

 

1. Work in Small Sections

It might be tempting to take everything out of drawers and cupboards all at once, but you’ll find it’s more manageable and efficient to declutter your kitchen in sections. Maybe you’ll start with organizing the pantry or the spice cabinet, but whatever you decide, make sure you’re not taking on more than you can handle.

 

2. Take Inventory

How many times have you said to yourself, “I could have sworn I had a [insert long lost item]” and you end up buying a replacement because you can’t find the original? Accumulating clutter can end up costing you money and it can cause you to double up on the clutter. You probably don’t need two bottle openers or five containers of cumin taking up space in your kitchen. As you declutter your kitchen, set aside duplicate items and things you no longer use to either sell or donate. Throw out food items that are past their expiration dates.

 

3. Organize Drawers and Cabinets Efficiently

Once you’ve gone through the items in your kitchen and gotten rid of what you don’t need, organize your kitchen necessities in drawers and cabinets to free up counter space. Keep items you use frequently in easy-to-access spots like top drawers, and organize by type when possible (for example, cooking utensils in one drawer, storage containers in another). Try adjusting the height of your cabinet shelves to make space for larger items you might currently be keeping on the counter, like blenders or toasters.

You’ll be amazed at how much neater your space looks by putting a few things out of sight!

 

3 Tips for Decluttering Your Bedroom

Most of us have, on more than one occasion, shoved stuff under the bed or thrown things in the closet to hide clutter, but never truly addressed the clutter, and continued shoving more clutter in those spaces, resulting in chaos. Studies show that a messy bedroom can affect sleep quality, so decluttering your bedroom might positively impact your health in addition to your sanity.

 

1. Cull Your Wardrobe

You might be hanging on to that fabulous cocktail dress that’s been in the back of your closet for five years just in case you have an occasion to wear it, but cleaning out your closet is going to require you to face some hard truths: that occasion is almost certainly never going to come and it’s time to part ways with the dress. As you declutter your bedroom closet and/or dresser, be honest with yourself about how often you wear each item of clothing. If it’s been more than a year since you last donned an item, or if there are things that no longer fit, set them aside to donate.

 

2. Remove Items That Don’t Belong in the Bedroom

Maybe your nightstand or dresser tends to become a space that collects drinking cups, or your floor is littered with the toys of your children or pets. Remove what doesn’t need to be in the bedroom and return those things to their rightful home. For items that do belong in the room, like clothing, make sure they’re neatly put away into a drawer or closet and not strewn on a chair or bed.

 

3. Say No to Screens

It’s likely not the first time you’ve heard this tip, but it’s best to keep screens out of the bedroom. If you’ve currently got a TV in your room, you might consider moving it to a different spot in the house. And resist the urge to check your phone or computer from bed at night. Sleep experts warn that the blue light emitted by tech like TVs and smartphones can seriously detract from healthy sleep.

 

3 Tips for Decluttering Your Home Office

Bills, work assignments, and other papers can easily overtake a home office space. Just as a tidy bedroom helps you sleep better, a tidy office makes it easier to focus and you’ll waste less time looking for what you need. In order to accomplish a neater work environment, you should:

 

1. Keep Only the Basics

Evaluate what you really need on your desk. Things like your computer, a notebook, and pens might be essentials, but perhaps you don’t need that rarely-used, bulky three-hole punch taking up space on your desk’s surface. Declutter your office by putlesser used office supplies in desk drawers or organize them neatly on a bookshelf or in the closet.

 

2. Go Digital

If your file cabinets are on the verge of bursting and you’ve run out of space for storing documents, consider digitizing important papers by scanning them to your computer and saving them to a hard drive for safe keeping. Documents you don’t need anymore can be shredded and recycled.

 

3. Organize Your Cables

Even if everything else in the room is put away and organized, messy cables can visually undo all the hard work you’ve done. When possible, you want to keep them out of sight, which can sometimes be difficult to do if you’ve got a lot of electronics. Fortunately, there are lots of creative ways to hide cords and cables, including using cable ties and flex tubing.

 

Decluttering your home might seem like a daunting task, but the hardest part is getting started! Tackling areas bit by bit will have your space looking amazing in no time — and no one says it all has to be done in a day! Following these tips will ensure a great start to the new year, and set the tone for a tidier, more stress-free 2020.

 

 

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Published 1.15.2020

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