Manic: The amount of clutter we accumulate as a family during the busy school year!
Managed: Taking some time during the summer break to declutter! It is amazing how much more relaxed we feel after doing so! Here are our declutter buster tips for a cleaner, organized and more relaxed home.
- Three box rule – when attacking a cluttered room, have three empty big boxes ready that are labeled recycle, trash and donate. Don’t put out a box labeled “save” because that box fills up quickly and ends up becoming future clutter. Instead put each item away as you decide that it will be saved instead of putting it in another pile. And by doing this, you just may make your daily Fitbit steps goal faster than you think!
- Go right to Goodwill (or to another donation place) and to the dump that same day that you fill the boxes. If you place them in the garage to deliver later, chances are that later never comes…or comes so much later that you have simply moved one stack of clutter from one room to another.
- Check out the year labeled Best Box boxes that I buy from the Container Store for all of my paperwork, tax returns, health care records, kids keepsakes and more for each year. Finding all of the documents needed when we refinanced our home last year was much easier than I had anticipated it would be due to the handy box labeled by year. You can also label a box yourself but I like how these look, store and how the year is printed at every angle. This makes the desired year I need to find easy to locate.
- Consider renting a storage unit to house some of the items that you want to store long term and to free up space in your home. My own example is my professionally preserved wedding dress. My daughter tells me that she wants the option to wear it someday. I think that is so cool and I have told her no pressure at all and that she can cut it up and alter it or not wear it if she changes her mind. Either way, it is great to know that it is safely stored in our air conditioned storage unit for that someday when it arrives. And for our son, who is in college, we are storing a few furniture pieces that he wants after he has lived in the dorm for two years and then moves on to an apartment that needs furnishing.
I recommend a nice storage unit facility like Desert Storage. They have multiple Valley locations.
So this is the declutter buster plan that we followed and check out our front room now! What a terrific after picture! We feel so much less stress with this declutter buster plan in place and implemented! From this to this feels amazing….
What declutter buster tips do you have? Share in the comments section because we love to help each other by sharing great ideas to make our manic lives a little more managed, which results in less stress and more time to relax and have fun. Now that is a good plan!