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These Declutter Tips will Help You With How to Clean and Organize Fast

I absolutely love simple little solutions that don’t take much time, effort, or thinking! Decluttering tips are one of my favorite things! I know! I’m weird!

If you find yourself cluttered with stuff, things that are out of place, or you just want to keep your house under control, then you can easily benefit from this simple hack to keep your house organized.

Feeling Cluttered? Clutter Creates Chaos

When things in your house aren’t put away, it can cause everyone to feel cranky.
Does everyone in your house look to you when they want to find something?

Have you ever tried to find the match to your favorite pair of shoes as you rush out the door? Where are the keys, where’s the bill you were supposed to pay, where is….fill in the blank!

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If you don’t have things organized you will definitely feel overwhelmed and out of control. I, for one, feel like I can’t think when my house is a disaster! It makes me feel like the world is crashing in around me!

It’s hard for your house to feel peaceful in a house that is cluttered. I’ve found this one simple trick is super easy and helps my house from getting overrun with stuff.

Cleaning Up Clutter With The One Touch Rule

The ‘One Touch Rule’ is so incredibly, ridiculously, simple that once I tell you it, you’ll probably laugh!

It goes like this… When you handle something that is not in its place, instead of setting it down in a place where it doesn’t belong, put it away!

THAT’S IT!!!!!!!

It’s simple and it’s crazy but it works wonders!

The thing is, if you’re always tossing your mail or your keys or whatever else is in your hands, to the nearest easy resting place, then nothing will ever get put away. You won’t know where it is the next time you need it.

But what if next time you walked in the door with your keys in your hand, you took the time to hang them up? It doesn’t take you any extra time and you’ll have to move the keys at some point anyway, so why not just put them away in the right place?

I love the ‘One Touch Rule’ for dealing with junk mail, too. Instead of tossing my mail down and looking at it later, I grab the mail from the mailbox and stand over the garbage can (most of it belongs there anyway đŸ™‚ ) and sort through my mail.

That way I’m immediately taking care of anything I don’t need and then the rest gets filed into a ‘to take care of later’ pile. But don’t forget to take care of your ‘to take care of later pile!’ Make sure and make it a priority to file the things you don’t throw away.

Sometimes the One Touch Rule Isn’t Enough for Simplifying Your Home

If you feel like maybe you are “in” a little deeper than the One Touch Rule can help you with, then there’s still hope!

I created the Decluttering Binder to help you get organized and have an EXACT plan for decluttering your house. Because, I know it isn’t easy to dig yourself out when you’re buried under clutter. Sometimes you just need a little extra help.

You can check out the decluttering binder here – trust me…you don’t wanna miss it!

Here's how to get motivated to clean when you're overwhelmed by the mess.

What’s The Best Way to Attack Clutter?

Well…how do you eat an elephant……….?

One bite at a time!

And that’s exactly how you need to deal with the clutter in your home. Trust me!

1. Attack Clutter, Yes. But Don’t Get Overwhelmed!

I totally understand what it’s like to be so completely overwhelmed by a mess that you have absolutely no idea where to start. I’ve been there!

Sometimes life just happens and your house turns into a minefield! Schedules are busy and time is short. It seems like if you miss one meal of washing dishes, the entire house somehow implodes on itself! So what do you do when you are so overwhelmed by the mess and you can’t even begin to imagine where to start?

Well, in the same way you would eat an elephant one bite at a time, you start out cleaning your house one mess at a time! It would be easy to get overwhelmed if you look around at everything and feel like you have no idea where to start.

So start with the easiest thing first and work up to the hardest things. That way you will see progress quickly and you’ll be encouraged to keep going. It always helps me to throw in a load of laundry and somehow the sound of the washer and dryer working begins to motivate me to do the rest.

2. Involve Your Kids in Cleaning Up Clutter

Don’t be afraid to get your kids involved in the clean-up operation! After all, they are much of the cause most of the time! I’ve found that if you can begin to dole out jobs to the kids and you work right along with them, then just about any mess can be accomplished with less effort.

Having a regular job schedule for your kids also helps to keep your house in order. I’ve also divided our house up into jurisdictions. I give each of the kids his or her own area to keep track of. Not only does this add responsibility, but it certainly helps with keeping things a little more tidied up!

3. Play Some Music While You Clean and Organize

Crank It Up!

Put your favorite playlist on and start working to the beat! Music is such a good motivator And for some reason I’ve found that when I put music on I’m much more motivated to get through a house cleaning quicker and easier, and with a lot more fun!

4. Where to Start Decluttering

Really, that depends on where your clutter is, but I always like to start with the easiest area first and work up to the more complicated areas. For some reason it just feels like more of a quick win and if you can get enough quick wins, you’ll be more motivated to keep going.

So, the first thing you need to do is evaluate your home and think about the difficulty level of each room. Then choose the easiest one to tackle. (Trust me! You’ll be amazed at how much gusto you manage to muster up as you start to see rooms become decluttered quickly.

Once you’ve decided on the room or area you’re gonna start with, then the next step is to gather like things together. Work in categories. So if you have a ton of books or papers, bring them all to one central area and then start working through them.

Get rid of any garbage and any thing that you know you don’t want to keep. Work through each item, separating them into categories, i.e. garbage, donate, keep, and so on.

Keep a garbage bag next to your work area and immediately throw away anything you decide is garbage. Then put the other things into piles to be dealt with as soon as you’re done sorting.

Once you’re done sorting, begin to put things in their proper place. Then load your donations in your vehicles and if you have time, drop everything off at a donation center right away.

5. Decluttering Clothes

Clothes can be difficult because either they hold sentimental value, or you might have plans to wear them someday. My suggestion is to pull everything out of your closet and drawers and take a look at what you really have.

This step amazes a lot of people as often times they have no idea how much they really have.

Then start sorting through your clothes, giving an honest assessment as to when you have really worn them last. If it’s been longer than a year, strongly consider getting rid of the item in question.

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Since a year is long enough to go through each season, you should have a good idea of whether or not you’ll need it.

A good way to keep track of how often you wear your clothes (at least the ones in your closet) is to turn your hanger around in your closet. Once you wear something, turn the hanger around the right way.

At the end of the year (or however long you decide to run your test) any hangers that haven’t been turned around are safe to get rid of.

6. How to Get Your Living Room Tidy

For some reason, the living room is a place that seems to collect a lot of clutter. Books, magazines, blankets, toys, etc. To declutter your living room and clean it up neatly, pick everything up off the floor and set it on the couch.

Then begin to sort through each item, using the same method we discussed above.

Next, work your way around the living room decluttering each area i.e. bookshelves, magazine racks, toy boxes, etc. Take it a little at a time, only dealing with one small area at a time.

You’ll have it decluttered in no time!

7. How to Declutter Your Bedroom

First, always make your bed!

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Similarly, place everything on the floor on top of your bed. It helps so much to gather up the mess and see everything that needs decluttering in one place.

If you have an area of your bedroom that’s collected a lot of stuff, rather than putting it on the bed, just leave that area to come back to.

Work through everything on your bed in the same way you’ve worked through the other areas of clutter.
Next move around the room, stopping at each problem area and declutter as you go. Get rid of more than you keep. This is the key to decluttering successfully.

Treat your dressers and closets separately than the rest of the room, being careful to go through your clothes the way we talked about above.

8. Try a One Hour Declutter

One of the main reasons people tend to avoid decluttering is because they’re overwhelmed. If that’s the case for you, then try a one hour decluttering session.

It’s as simple as the name suggests. Pick an area of your house that really needs to be minimized and then set a timer and get to work. (This really works well for any task you need to finish, but keep procrastinating.)

Work hard and don’t stop for one hour. Don’t check your phone or stop to do anything distracting. At the end of one hour, stop. No matter where you’re at in the process and come back to it the next day. You’ll be motivated to start again if you know you only have to put an hour into it.

Additionally, there’s something about a timer that makes you feel just enough pressure to work a little harder and a little faster!

8. Use These Clutter Control Tips

  1. Keep only what you need
  2. Don’t buy things just because they’re on sale
  3. Avoid accepting other people’s donations unless you absolutely need them
  4. Keep decluttering on a regular basis
  5. Have a plan for keeping clutter to a minimum
  6. Change your mindset about things (you don’t need things to be happy)
  7. Get your whole family on board
  8. Keep track of what you have and don’t over buy
  9. Put things away right away and don’t just shove them off in a corner
  10. Realize that it’s ok to get rid of stuff! Let go of the guilt

9. Use the Declutter Your Home Checklist

Sometimes you just really have no ides where to start decluttering your home. I totally get it. There have been times where I’m so overwhelmed by the clutter that I’d rather not do anything at all.

If you’re like me, then using a checklist to declutter your home will really help keep you on track. It’s funny how a sheet of paper can help so much!

BONUS TIP: Try to take a few different times each day to do a ‘quick cleanup.’ Involve the kids and set aside 15 minutes to straighten. Pick up toys, empty the dishwasher, fold some laundry. Give the house an over all straightened feeling. You can do this before or after meals and especially before bed. One of the best things you can do to keep your house neat and clean is to go to bed with your house in order!

The Bottom Line…You Can Declutter Your House!! No Problem!

Even though you may feel very overwhelmed with the clutter in your house, if you follow these simple tips, and start small, you will get it!!

You can do it!

I know it can seem overwhelming, but just start somewhere. You’ll be so glad you did!

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Don’t be discouraged if your house is out of control! If you use some of these simple, easy tips, you’ll find that your house can be under control in no time! Do you have some tricks for digging out from under the mess? What do you do when you feel overwhelmed with your house?

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