Declutter in a Day

Is your purse so big that when you dig around in it you find an old sandwich, leftover Halloween candy, and the birthday card you were supposed to mail back in November?  Changing the condition of your purse is easy, just dump it out every week to get a fresh start.  It will make you feel a lot better the next time you reach in to find a pen, and you actually do find a pen!  But what about the other areas of a mom’s life that get cluttered and disorganized?

A house becomes a haven when it inspires easy living. Ridding your home of needless clutter and organizing the things you use and care about will help make your home an enjoyable place for all. Use these strategies to bring clutter under control.

Declutter your life in a Day

  • Schedule a day when you can do a whole-house clutter sweep. This way you’ll save on start-up/knockdown time.
  • Schedule the Salvation Army or another charity to come to your house soon after your decluttering day. This
    gives you a deadline.
  • Dress so you can put all your energy into the job. Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers.
  • Be prepared. You’ll need several types of containers: boxes labeled “Give Away,” “Garage Sale,” and “Store,” plastic storage bins (the see-through kind are best), and a large plastic garbage bag for every room. If you think you’ll be distracted by things you don’t know what to do with, put them in a box too. Label the box “Questionable” and
    give yourself a deadline for deciding where those difficult items will end up. Also have a small box to collect safety
    pins and buttons,
    a shoe-size box for random photos you find, and another box or a piggy bank for coins.
  • Start with the most cluttered room in your house. Work your way methodically around the room. Remove clutter from shelves, bookcases, drawers, tabletops, floors, and walls.
  • Toss or give as much as possible. Be ruthless with things like gift boxes, grocery sacks, old magazines and catalogs, and craft materials you saved but haven’t used. Weed out games your family doesn’t play and books you’ll never read.


Taken with permission from The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Happy, Organized Home by Kathy Peel.