Desperate Housekeeping for busy mums and dads

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Saving Strategies 101 – #1 Decluttering

Declutter should be THE Word at your home from now on, if you want to simplify your life and spend less.

Declutter means to get to know everything you have inside home all the time, and more important, being able to actually find it! 🙂

You can easily find on the web several methods and recommendations on this theme. In this post I’m sumarizing the tips that worked best for me.

The first step to start the decluttering task is to keep in mind this will take some time. So, if you don’t want to find yourself giving up at the begining, I do recommend you to define for example 15 to 30 minutes a day for declutering. It doesn’t seem much, but believe me, it will definitely work best rather than trying to do everything in the first day.

Then, you should find 3 empty boxes and label them with ‘Trash’, ‘Give Away’, ‘Organize’.

Now, you should choose the room or a cabinet you want to start decluttering. Once more, I suggest you start with the smallest one for the same reasons as mentioned before…

THE Rule is to keep asking yourself the same questions: Did I use this object during the lat year? Am I planning to use it in the next few months? Is it needed for legal purposes? If your answer to these questions is NO, then you should consider to throw it away or give it to someone in need. It’s up to you to choose the right box! 🙂

One common mistake is to go shopping for boxes and cabinets before the decluttering with the excuse of having somewhere to keep your things when decluttering. Please DO NOT do that. You can’t possibly know what you’d really need before knowing what you already have inside your home. At this moment, you should stick to the three boxes you already have. Keep it simple!

And what about you? Any advices to share with us? It would be great to hearing from you! 🙂

Lesson number two will focus on the key details of your organization: the ‘Inbox’, the ‘Household Handbook’, the ‘Family Daily Planner’ and the ‘Declutter Basket’ as well as other essential tools to organize your home.


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5 thoughts on “Saving Strategies 101 – #1 Decluttering

  1. Great post!! And in fact, I just got done talking myself out of buying more Rubbermaid totes. I had been telling myself that I needed them to start organizing the garage. And finally convinced myself of EXACTLY what you just said — WAIT TILL YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ACTUALLY NEED! 🙂 Really excited about this series! 🙂

  2. petit4chocolatier on said:

    I do the same thing and throw away, donate, or revamp. Many of the revamps end up being donated too. This is something I just did at work too. And we were able to donate many items to Salvation Army!! Excellent post 🙂

  3. Basically – if you need a new box to put something in – it is probably clutter! 🙂
    Since we did some serious de-cluttering we have rather gotten rid of more or less every single box we used to have. And – you constantly should ask yourself “do I have more than one of these?” and “Do I really need to have more than one?” A simple example is – we used to have 5 hole punchers. Seriously. (we are down to two now), and bed sheets… I kept 2 sets per bed so one is on the bed – and the other one can be washed. If we have guests – all sets are in use.

    • Great examples of decluttering! It just remembered me about another one: sets of towels. How often do we realise we don’t need more that two good shower towels per person? 🙂

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