Ways to Declutter Your Home and Get Organized for Good

If you’re like most people, your home has been growing messier and messier over the last few months or years, and it’s about time you did something about it. Don’t worry – by using the tips below, you can conquer clutter and get organized in no time! All you need to do is follow these simple steps to declutter your home and get organized once and for all.

The benefits of decluttering Clutter can make our minds feel like they are running in circles. The research is clear: a cluttered home can lead to headaches, depression, and poor mental health. A study by Dr. Karen Pine found that decluttering has been shown to improve mental health, including less stress, anxiety and depression. Whether it’s your desk or your bedroom, decluttering will help you live with less distractions. And the good news is that this process will actually get easier the more often you do it! Here are five ways to declutter your house and organize it for good.

  1. Have an actual garage sale so that other people can pick up any items left over from the first round of organization.
  2. Remember when we were kids? You could put everything away because there was only one place where everything went? Do that again now! If something doesn’t have a designated spot, create one. For example, don’t just throw your kitchen utensils into a drawer; set them up on the counter as if you’re using them. Items that go on top of cabinets should be stored on top of cabinets; those on bottom shelves should be stored underneath shelves etc. As for drawers, store similar things together (like silverware next to cooking tools).
  3. Make three piles–keep, donate/recycle, trash–and start throwing out what you don’t need! Donate clothes and household items to charity. Donate usable food to shelters and pantries, such as canned goods, packaged snacks, cereal boxes and jars of peanut butter. Recycle plastics, glass jars, metal cans, newspapers and cardboard boxes. When recycling these materials be sure not to mix different types together–they’ll have different places in the manufacturing process later on!

A step-by-step guide to decluttering decide what you want to do with the items that you are decluttering. Will they be donated, thrown away, or given to a friend? Once you have made this decision, follow through by taking the appropriate action. Set a time limit. Give yourself two hours, or two days; whatever is reasonable for your schedule and lifestyle. The point is not to do it all at once but slowly work through it over time. This will give you the chance to think about where each item is going before tossing it in a pile or moving it out of sight. At the end of the allotted time, take stock. Does anything need to be cleaned up? Do any more clothes need sorting into piles? Are any important papers mixed in with other ones you don’t care as much about? Is there anything else that needs to be done before cleaning up and starting fresh again? If so, tackle them now!

Now enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when you look around and realize how much better everything looks! If you are having trouble getting started, go ahead and toss out old food and drink containers like coffee cups and water bottles. These may seem harmless enough, but they can really start to add up after a while.

Tips for staying organized Organizing your home is a great way to save money and reduce stress. There are many ways you can get started decluttering or organizing your home. Some methods are easier than others, but they all have the same goal in mind–to help you find what you need without overloading yourself with too much work!

If you’re overwhelmed with figuring out where to start, here are some ideas for getting organized: -Create a week at-a-glance calendar so you know what needs to be done when.

  • Throw away old clothes that don’t fit or haven’t been worn recently.
  • Put together an emergency kit with supplies such as flashlights, matches, water, nonperishable food items, medication, etc. A good place to store this kit is in a backpack that can be easily grabbed if needed.
  • If you love having books around but don’t want them cluttering up space, stack them vertically on shelves or use decorative bookends to keep them from tipping over.
  • Purge everything not needed, like expired foods from pantries and outdated clothing from closets. Remember, one person’s trash may be another person’s treasure! -Check expiration dates on medicines (or anything else) before using it again. If something isn’t useful anymore, there’s no point in keeping it around.
  • Purchase packing materials such as boxes, moving blankets, bubble wrap, packing tape and marker so you’ll have everything ready to go when time comes to move.
  • Sort through mail every day or two instead of letting it pile up until finally sorting through it once a month or more. You’ll feel better about tackling tasks each day rather than waiting for the big event. And by being prepared ahead of time, you won’t run into any unnecessary obstacles during your move!

The best ways to get rid of clutter We’ve all seen the TV shows about those people who have a house full of junk. They’re typically hoarding items that they never use, their home is cluttered with trash, and their floors are covered in clutter. Hoarding is a mental illness that can be quite harmful for both the person doing it as well as their loved ones. If you think you might be struggling with hoarding or just want some tips on how to get rid of clutter, then keep reading!

 

The first step to decluttering your home is by sorting through everything you own. Gather everything in one room and start going through it by category (clothes, toys, dishes). Make three piles: things you need to keep; things you need to donate; and things that need repair or recycling. Once you’ve sorted out what needs keeping from what doesn’t, take care of the piles accordingly. Make sure anything that needs fixing gets fixed before donating it (to ensure there isn’t anything wrong with it). Donate anything appropriate for donation and recycle any other electronics or hazardous materials like old paint cans etc. You’ll find this will leave you with less space in your home, so if necessary put away anything that isn’t needed at the moment. You may also need to clear off surfaces by moving furniture around and making more space where possible.

Now comes the hard part: deciding what stays versus what goes. There are lots of apps these days designed to help organize homes; try using an app like Clutterbug or Konmari Method-Applying Shinto Principles To Tidying Up which helps make decisions based on whether an item sparks joy or not. Regardless of which system you choose, once you go through every item and decide whether it stays or goes, make sure to thank yourself for taking time out to do this much needed cleaning!

One way to maintain this process after your initial clean up is to limit yourself in buying new items. Put aside money specifically for future purchases instead of spending it impulsively. Another way is to set aside time each week to go through closets and drawers, choosing whether something should stay or go again. And finally, always remember to let go of guilt when you donate items that don’t spark joy!

December Goals

Here are some are some of my goals for the month of December. November wasn’t that successful for goals that I had in mind so I am hoping that December will be better.

No spend

Well last month for November did not work out, We didn’t really stick to it at all. I’m a bit disappointed by this. So for the month of December, I’m hoping to do better and have a no spend month on unneeded items.

Blogging

I had everything planned out but didn’t stick to it. Why, I don’t know. Life. By the time I get home from work, I’m tired and hungry. I make my dinner, hop in my bed and turn on my heating blanket to watch my YouTube videos. This month I’m going to try to work on blog post while watching my YouTube videos , hopefully this helps me stay on track.

Art

Honestly I haven’t really created much of anything in awhile. I have a few ideas but it’s just a matter of sitting down and starting.

Makeup

I haven’t played around with eyeshadow looks much in November, even though I got the Jacklyn Hill palette and the Boss Mood palette from Morphe. Those puppies are like butter. I think there was only one or two shades that haven’t really impressed me so far.

Daily Journaling

I really should get back into doing my planning/daily journaling, I was doing so well until the last few months I got out of the habit. Lately I’ve been feeling unorganized because of this. So I’m taking this as a sign to start back up.

November Goals

Its a new month and here are my November goals!

Surpass Octobers views

Honestly ever since I had let my domain expire in march I  have been struggling with views. I was roughly  getting anywhere between 500- 1500 views a month. Now I barely get 100-200. Which is insane. Since buying a domain again, my hope is that I get back where I was last year and earlier this year.

No Spend November

Alright we did this last year so we could move from downtown Milwaukee to the suburbs  and we need to do this again this year. Well, we don’t need to but I want to. Our bank account would like it and I would like new car tires and a washer/dryer combo by tax time.  Yes, we could use our taxes for that but we don’t want to use all of it on that. We would like to save a good deal of it and maybe even put a nice chunk down on our car to speed up the payments. We are already paying it off six months early, because we do split payments. Plus we have a trip coming up in January/February.

Journal/tarot/plan Daily

Just being more consistent with everything. I hardly did anything in September but October was better, 2 out of 4 weeks. But November needs to be better. Period.

Read the books I have and stop buying new ones

Easy enough to understand. I keep buying new ones and not finishing the ones I have. I need to stop. Please someone stop me.

One blog post a week min

Some months I’m really good at blogging and keeping up and some months not so much. I try to stay two weeks, ideally a month ahead but life happens.

More Consistent with @bloggingbeesrt

In case you didn’t know I run Bloggingbeesrt on twitter, which is a RT account. Basically you tag or mention Bloggingbeesrt and I RT you. Very simple. I am still fine tuning  daily threads, so please bear with me. I do run it my self.

Workout

So for October I was planning to a thirty day workout challenge and didn’t. I got a really bad chest cold at that time  and I’m still dealing with the cough but there “nothing” wrong with me. Um okay, bye Felicia.

I would love to hear what your goals are!

 

College Blog Post Ideas

I know school has been in session for a couple of weeks now but here is another list of blog ideas that I put together that is geared towards college. You can check out my other blog post ideas on Lifestyle Blog Post Ideas, Blog Post Ideas- BloggingBlog Post Ideas – SkincareBlog Post Ideas – Organising. I hope someone find this helpful!

must-have school supplies
favorite planners/agendas
deals for back-to-school
favorite backpacks
best laptop for college students
how to get straight A’s
how to read your syllabus
why you should be a “Teacher’s Pet”
being in a fraternal organization
why you should get involved on campus
why you should live on campus
dorm move-in recap
dorm shopping haul
how to solve rando-roommate conflict
how to combat homesickness
places for students to hang out in your city
favorite dorm-safe meals
what’s in your backpack
favorite apps for college students
how you take notes
how to study for exams
what questions to ask at the beginning of the semester
your favorite writing utensils
back-to-school clothes haul
how to meet new friends
how to choose your major
share how you chose your major
share what you want to do with your degree
semester goals
dos and don’ts of college parties
how to stay safe on campus