Here are a few tips for decluttering your home:


1. Teach Your Kids to Put Things Away

When someone finishes playing with a toy, tell them to put it in a designated place.  Make the place easy to find and remember.


2. Create a Box of Things You Might Keep

As you go through the cleaning process, you will probably come across something you currently don’t use but may want to use in the future. Set it inside a “maybe” box and hide the box in the attic or a closet. Let six months pass and go through the box. If you completely forgot about the contents, you didn’t need any of it. Throw it all away.


3. Load Unwanted Things into Your Car and Take Them to Charities

Take things you wish to donate and load them into a box in your vehicle. Take the box to your chosen charity as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more tempted you will be to put things back where they were before.


4. Get a Medicine Cabinet or Clean Out the One You Do Have

If you don’t have a place for your family’s various medications, get a cabinet. If you have one, clear out anything expired or empty.


5. Pick a Counter and Clear It

Counters are notorious for their ability to attract clutter, and they are one of the first things you notice when you walk into a room.


6. Do One Thing A Day

If you’re easily discouraged, start small. Throw out or move one thing a day.


7. Prioritize Your Hobbies

If you never paint, but your bedroom closet is filled with paints and brushes, consider selling them. This leaves room for supplies for hobbies you actively participate in.


8. Pack up Off Season Clothing

Take those shorts, swim suits and sunny weather clothes and store them away . You don’t need them in the Fall and Winter monthes.


9. Put Pet Food in One Container

All those bags take up room. Purchase containers and empty the bags into them.


10. Invest In Folders

Have papers all over your desk? Get folders. You’re less likely to misplace something important.

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