5 quick decluttering ideas for your home

It’s never too late to start decluttering your home with five solid minutes each day. We buy stuff because it’s on sale or just can’t let go of the items we barely even use anymore, just because they have sentimental value.

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By
Cleo Pimentel Capili
April 22, 2018

It’s never too late to start decluttering your home with five solid minutes each day. We buy stuff because it’s on sale or just can’t let go of the items we barely even use anymore, just because they have sentimental value. If you are, too, then you have to work hard to take out all the clutter inside your home and keep it at bay.

There is no such thing as a secret formula when it comes to tidying up your home to look like one of those magazine covers. You can start organizing by giving each of your items its own place inside your home.

There are three basics you should start with:

  • Get rid of stuff you have not used in the past year.
  • Make daily things easily accessible.
  • Put back everything you use in its place every after use.

Although there are a lot of cleaning techniques your older counterparts can recommend, it is safe to say that the most simple ones are those that actually work.

Clear your living room

Shake things up to make it feel like new again. If repainting is not an option, pull up a new rug and move the furniture. Eliminate unwanted stuff like old magazines, unused pots or jars, and make sure to vacuum the whole place before readjusting the chairs. Ditch the broken ones and you’ll be surprised how one new bright-colour chair will give your living room a pop.

Wardrobe clean-up

The idea is to hang all your clothes with the hangers in the opposite direction. Return the clothes you have worn in the correct direction each time you wash after wearing them. Surprisingly, you will be able to identify which clothes you are not really wearing in a year. This will give you a clear idea of which clothes you can giveaway. Wallah! Your closet will now have enough space to sort out clothes and add new items in the future.

Here’s how you can make the most out of your old clothes by selling your pre-loved stuff.

Organise your pantry

If you have not yet sorted your pantry or even set up one, you’re in big trouble. Categorise your food ingredients by grains, nuts, powder ingredients, legumes; baking stuff; and spices for cooking. This will make it easy for you to find what you need for a quick meal. Use airtight containers to keep your dry ingredients and make them last longer, too.

Give your bathroom products a breather

Aside from the kitchen, the bathroom is one of those areas in your home where different products including miniature or hotel freebies linger for years, unopened and unused—and some are even expired without you being aware. Please remove all old bottles, products, packets, and soap bars. Always check the medicines and your first aid kit as well and use pouches or boxes with labels to store them while reducing clutter.

Classify your papers

It’s good that today in the digital age, we have less bills received in the mail and less documents to store than ever before and find it unnecessary to buy filing cabinets. However, lose sheets of papers are everywhere. It’s on the fridge, inside your bags, or even on top of the microwave. Start by gathering old bills and receipts, magazines, junk mail, and forms. Categorise them in plastic sheet folders so it will be easier to find them in one place.

Organising your space does not happen in a day. You may keep redoing things as you slowly find the most effective decluttering system and process. Perfection should not be your goal at first. Your goal is to get stuff ready to take out easily, so you can function practically in a particular space. That, my friend, is success.