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5 Rules to Declutter Chaos

Part of my weekend was spent cleaning out a section in our basement that housed our kids clothing (yay! – Slowly getting closer to organizing everything so that we can then paint the concrete walls).

We’re not sure if we’ll be having more children (keeping our options open at this time) and so we didn’t want to get rid of everything just yet.  However, I also don’t want tons of clothing bins taking up space.  So I got busy to work and tried to follow some decluttering rules that I have come to learn over the years:

1.  Start small. Deciding to declutter your entire house can be a great idea.  However, you can become quickly over-whelmed if you don’t break the process up into smaller tasks.  I generally start with a section in one room (or a theme such as books and magazines) and work on that until it’s complete.

2.  Don’t love it?  Lose it. Sometimes we hold on to something just because “so and so” gave it to us.  If it doesn’t serve a purpose or make you happy when you look at it, get rid of it.  The functionality and flow of your household is far too important to hold on to things that take up valuable space.

3.  Be cautious of giving to friends and family – especially large items. Let me tell you a little story.  Years ago, I asked one of my friends if they had any interest in some furniture I was getting rid of.  They were ecstatic and said they wanted it all.   Weeks went by and I wondered if  by chance they had forgotten about the furniture or had 2nd thoughts.  They assured me that they still wanted it but that at the moment they did not have room for it.  They requested if I could hold on to it a bit longer.  Over a year went by and the furniture sat in my house taking up precious space.  I finally ended up putting the furniture to the curb and watched it disappear within 10 minutes.  It was that easy.  Becoming a storage facility for others was not my idea of decluttering.  Because this has happened to me a few times, I now give a finite time someone has before the item goes to the curb (or Goodwill).

4.  Take breaks. It didn’t get this way overnight and most likely it will take sometime to declutter all the chaos.  But don’t let the breaks last too long otherwise you may loose your motivation.

5.  Enjoy your regained space! Hopefully we won’t clutter it up again!  Keep clutter under constant check.  Should you see signs of it creeping in again, take action immediately! :)

Images:  House of Many Hues

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