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!

My 2019 Planner Lineup

I love pen and paper, I grew up handwriting everything. There’s just something about writing with a pen on paper, unless you also grew up handwriting everything, I think you’ll understand what I’m saying. It took me a while to figure out what planners worked for me. I tried cramming everything into one planner but that didn’t last to long and things became cramped and messy. I have also tried to break everything thing down but i don’t like the idea of having separate planners all over.

Anyways my planner line up is very simple for 2019. I will have 6 planners total. But 3 will be all on 1 set of discs. I am trying what the planner community is calling, transformer planner. So I will have my main planner, journal and a moon journal all together on a set of discs, I will keep 3 months at time for each planner in this new system. So every three months I will replace the months out. Where as my social media and on the go planner are by themselves with the whole 12 months. Then we have my memory planner.

I feel this fixes my problem of wanting different planners for different areas but not so many planners, if that makes sense. Otherwise i have planners everywhere and I don’t like that, it makes me feel unorganized and everywhere. I also put the transformer planner on extender rings because of its chunkiness, even through I had such a hard time deciding between the black, white or clear blue discs that the planners came with originally . At first I did decide on the white that came with the Enjoy all things planner, but the plastic discs tend to break and the pages don’t move as smoothly when it gets chunky.

Main Squeeze

Enjoy All the Things Horizontal Classic is my main planner with everything in it, bills, to do lists, food shopping, meal planning, doctor appointments, budgeting, work, etc. It is also a themed planner, which I just love. This one is is adorable alone with out any stickers but I love decorating this planner. I have so much fun with it.

Journal

Modern Chic Horizontal Classic is more or less my place to write down thoughts. I also write down things might have happened that day, affirmations or quotes from books I’m reading. I try to write in it everyday, even if it is something small. This was the first horizontal planner I bought and I have not looked back. I love horizontal planning. I decorate with a few stickers but just enough for a little something since it is a pretty minimal and neutral layout.

Agate Vertical Classic is used for my tarot readings and anything Woo Woo. This is my only vertical planner and it works out for the type of cards I pull daily. I pull a tarot card, oracle card and an affirmation card for each day, there are three boxes for each day. So this works great for this. I don’t normally decorate this one at all since I like to keep this one simple.

On the go

Keep Bright and Beautiful Mini will be on the go planner, just something that I can throw in my bag if I need to. I will mainly keep this one in my bag or purse. Sometime I decorate it and sometimes I don’t. Most of the time I add a few check lists and a quote or two. Thats normally it with this planner since its mainly for quickly writing down something.

 Miss Maker Mini is what I use for my social media planner. I keep track of Bloggingbeesrt, my twitter and blog posts. I feel it is the the perfect size for what I need it for, just enough white space and its horizontal. I find I can plan out better this way. I also don’t decorate this one to much since I like to keep this one simple and clean.

Memory Keeping

Life is an amazing adventure is for Memory Keeping. I tried it in October and hoping to pick it back up again for 2019.

So that it. That’s my line up for 2019. It’s simple enough and seems to be working well for the last few months of testing it out before the new year. I am really excited to see how the transformer method works for me. I would love to see what planner lineup you have.

Memory Planning Hual

A while back  I made a few trips to Joann’s and bought some new sticker books and  a memory planner.  The memory planner was something I have been wrestling around with the idea of buying for a bit now. They were having a sale and there was a coupon that you could combine together.  So I felt it was worth the money since I only paid about $12-14 for the memory planner, normally $34-$40. I am happy that I finally went and bought it.

I find it fun and like the idea to write down memories of events that happened that day, week or month. The memory planner is undated which is nice, if i happen to forget to write in it for a month or so, because of life, I can pick right back up were I left off. I also like the idea of having a template already done and all you have to do is fill in the blank spaces, compared to scrapbooking. Which I have tried but felt so lost and over whelmed by it.

 

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Happy Planner Update

My lineup has changed a bit since the last time I wrote about my Happy Planners. I start out with  having 3 for 2018. It took me a bit of time to figure out how I want to use my planners but I think I have it figured out now and in a way that works. I now know that Im a horizontal planner. I have no issue with filling the space up unlike vertical planning, my brain just stops working.

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Keep Bright and Beautiful Mini. This mini is now my social planner. Before I started using it as my on the go planner but I feel that I don’t really need a on the go planner. I was using my modern chic classic sized planner but decided to go for a smaller planner because I felt I had to much space and not enough to fill in the boxes.

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Modern Chic classic is more or less my spiritual planner or faith planner as others call it. I write down affirmations or quotes from books I’m reading. It was social media planner for a few months but it wasn’t working out and I had way to much white space and I felt I was wasting it.

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Agate Classic is used for my tarot readings and anything witchy. I was using this one for my catch all/memory planning/wellness/ tarot reading and it was to much and I had to break it down a bit. This is my only vertical planner and it works out for the type of card decks I pull daily. I pull a tarot card, oracle card and a affirmation card for each day and there are three  boxes for each of those days.

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Enjoy All the Things classic is now my catch all  planner I use it for shopping lists, bills, work and more. Simple enough.

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Life Is An Amazing Adventure Memory Keeping. I finally broke down and got the actual BIG memory keeping planner. I am so excited to start this one for the month of October!

So that is 5 planners for the rest of 2018 and into 2019. I think I found my planner peace.

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Social Media Planner

For the last year my Social Media Planner has been very helpful with planning out blog posts, Etsy, Twitter- personal account and RT Accounts and Facebook. I have really enjoyed my Marble Happy Planner but sadly once June is over I will be starting in a new planner. I am so excited to start in my new planner, I will most likely have a blog post up when that time comes.

I could not pass up this cover, I love it. The colors and the saying is one of my favorites. This cover is awesome, it snaps, has pockets and a pen loop.

Blog

In my planner I have a list of blog topics that I  would like to write about. This helps me brain storm on ideas and I can keep track of what topics  I have blogged about or ones I would like to. Once I move into my new planner I may rewrite this list out and get rid of ideas or add new ones.

At the beginning of  every month I write down the topics that I think or will like to write about for that month. I might not get through the whole list, it might only be 4-8 topics for that month but it gives me an idea if I feel stuck or not sure what to write about. Or I can bounce back and forth between blog posts if I feel stuck as I write.

In the first two rows I write out what I need to do for blog post I’m working on for that week. Here I took pictures before I planned out the week. Once I move into the new planner I am thinking of changing the layout of how I do my weekly’s and even thinking of combining my social media and my wellness planner since I feel like I have too much space in both planners. I have the next six months or so to decide if I am going to do this, since my wellness planner goes until December.

Etsy, Twitter & Facebook

In the last box I make reminders to schedule thread topics for my Twitter RT account and Facebook Groups. This is also how I keep track what days are what threads and also to set up my scheduled blog tweets. I will note when upcoming  relistings are due for my esty or any projects that I am working on.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my social media planner.