6 Decluttering Tips That Will Immediately Make Your Life Easier

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When it comes to creating a home that feels warm and welcoming, getting rid of excess clutter can make all the difference. A clutter-free home not only looks better, but feels more inviting for your family and guests alike. If it’s been a while since you’ve set out to declutter and reorganize your home, the thought of doing so may seem overwhelming. After all, cleaning an entire house at once is no small task! But with some thoughtful planning and a few practical tips, you can easily declutter and organize your home in no time. Check out these 6 tips from Classic Farmhouse Decor to help you get started.

Woman decluttering her home, carrying containers with different items.
Freeing up some space!

Focus on One Room at a Time

If you find yourself bouncing from room to room as you tidy up your home, it’s time to try something new. Rather than starting a new task in one room when you were previously working in another, focus on cleaning one room at a time. To make this process particularly efficient and effective, write down all of the rooms in your home that need to be cleaned. Next, create a cleaning checklist that includes all of the tasks that must be completed before you move onto the next room. Why is this such a good idea? It allows you to see everything that must be done in each space and makes staying on task without getting distracted much easier.

Be Strategic

The way in which you clean and declutter matters. Before you break out your cleaning supplies and starting throwing things out, it’s important to create a plan. To sort through clutter like a pro, start in one corner of a room and work your way around in a circle. As you go along, ask yourself if each item you see is something that you use regularly, will need in the future, or is meaningful to you. This is the time to be honest! The items in your home should earn their keep. If they aren’t serving a specific purpose, it’s time to let them go. Just because you’ve had an item for many years or it was a gift from someone you love doesn’t mean that’s worth keeping.

Once you’ve successfully sorted through belongings that can be donated, thrown away, and are worth keeping, it’s time to clean. To make sure that you do mess up areas that you previously cleaned, be sure to start from the top and work your way down. After cleaning things up high, such as the ceiling fan, vents, and the tops of furniture, move down to lower furnishings, saving the floor for last. When you’re finished decluttering and cleaning with a specific plan of attack, your living spaces are sure to feel bigger, brighter, and more spacious than you thought possible.

Declutter As You Go

Let’s be honest, decluttering all at once is not an enjoyable experience. To keep your home clutter-free all year long, it’s best to declutter as you go about your ordinary routine. Perhaps the easiest time to accomplish this is while you clean. As you work your way through a room cleaning from top to bottom, be sure to identify any items that are broken, outdated, or no longer useful to your family. Rather than waiting to get rid of them, do it right away. Keeping a specific area in your home for donations, such as in the garage, is a great way to make decluttering simple on an everyday basis.

Keep Your Cleaning Supplies Stocked

There’s nothing worse than planning to clean your home only to realize that you’re out of a necessary cleaning product. With this in mind, be sure to keep your cleaning supply cabinet stocked. Along with all-purpose cleaners, glass cleaners, and dishwasher and laundry detergent, it’s a good idea to keep these on hand:

  • Microfiber cloths
  • A vacuum, broom, and dustpan
  • A plastic spray bottle
  • Rubber gloves
  • A microfiber mop and bucket
  • Sponges
  • Plenty of trash bags for getting rid of clutter and transporting donations

It doesn’t take much to be prepared to clean and organize your home. While there’s no need to break the bank on a slew of specific cleaning products and supplies, having the basics easily accessible can help you stay on top of dust and clutter, so your home always looks and feels amazing.

Make It a Team Effort

Keeping your home clean and organized isn’t a one-person job. If you have children at home, don’t be afraid to include them in the process. Even young children can help tidy up in an age-appropriate manner. For older children, consider having them take out the trash, vacuum, or empty the dishwasher, while younger children can put toys away and carry items to particular rooms, such as folded laundry. Having everyone in your family tackle a handful of small chores every day is a simple way to keep your home looking its best on a regular basis. Better still, your kids can learn new skills and make family memories along the way.

Man holding home decorations while trying to declutter his home's garage.
Organizing your household items.

Provide a “Home” for Everything

When every belonging you own has a specific “home,” keeping your living spaces orderly and clutter-free is much easier. With this in mind, it’s helpful to incorporate plenty of storage solutions to help you stay organized every day. Check out these practical storage ideas for every room in your home:

  • Bedroom: Positioning an ottoman at the foot of your bed not only provides a comfy place to sit at the end of the day, but also allows you to store extra linens out of sight.
  • Dining room: A storage cabinet with handsome barn doors is the perfect piece to store entertaining items while adding to your home’s rustic charm.
  • Living room: Modern nesting end tables with built-in storage is sure to contribute to the style and function of any space in your home.
  • Kitchen: Use small wicker baskets to hold snacks, utensils, and cooking supplies for a tasteful yet functional finish.

With a clean, clutter-free, well-organized home, you’ll be well on your way to focusing on what’s most important: making new memories with the ones you love. For more tips on getting the most out of your home, Classic Farmhouse Decor is here to help. Visit us online for everything you need to create beautiful, functional living spaces, including solutions to your storage problems.

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