Decluttering and Organization: January Round-up
This year I’ve decided to start a monthly round-up of some of the great posts I find that are written by other bloggers. Each month I will select a topic relevant to the season and find my 5 favourite posts on the subject.
If you like the summary of the article just click on the title and you’ll be taken directly to the full article on the original bloggers site.
By: Simply Well Balanced
The first step is a mental preparation in which you give the room you want to clean a proper name. Be prepared with supplies such as organizers, bins, garbage bags, and paper shredder. Break up cleaning sessions into small chunks in order to make it less overwhelming. You can organize things by cleaning according to item size, sections of the room, or by item category. Once you have decluttered your room, take the necessary time to maintain its tidiness.
By: Organization Boutique
Help yourself out by creating open, easily accessible places to store items. Everything should be labelled, identifiable, and easily findable. Even items that are in a limbo of placement should have a designated spot. Organizing should make things easier for yourself, not complicate things further, so it is important to organize within your scope of capabilities. Lastly, you should use this opportunity to get creative with your storage.
By: The Simplicity Habit
When there is too much clutter you should consider the following: which areas require the most cleaning the most often and which area brings the most stress. Once you have chosen where to begin you will have to decide on a cleaning method. How you clean and organize should be determined by what works for you personally. This includes your personality, how much free time you have, how much space there is to spare, and how much of the clutter in your home is actually yours. Ask yourself what an item means to you before deciding what to do with it.
By: The Goal Chaser
Minimalism is a nice concept, but sometimes it’s more realistic to work on simplifying rather than trying have as few items as possible. Don’t work on the house as a whole immediately, but consider the house in different sections when decluttering. Divide items into keep, donate/ sell, throw out/ recycle, and maybe.
- Rules to organize items in these categories are listed below:
Keep items you love
- Donate/ sell items that you haven’t used in the last year or that you’ve outgrown
- Throw out/ recycle items that are broken or no longer useful
- Maybe should be items you need more time to consider before making a decision
- The last step is to clean the area before placing items back in their newly organized space.
By: The Goal Chaser
Identify your clutter hotspots and designate rules for those areas by limiting the number of items that are allowed there and for how long. Clean regularly by adding a 10-minute speed decluttering session every night. Before buying more things or beginning a new, messy project, write it down in a visible area to help you pin down things you truly want. If you wish to add more things to your home, try to get rid of one item as you bring in another. Keeping a clean house requires regular upkeep, tidying every day will keep build up to a minimum.
Comment below and let me know if you enjoyed the articles and what topics you’d like to see a round-up of in the future!