I know I spend every Sunday getting my house back into order so that I can start the week in a clean and de-cluttered environment. However I am learning to de-clutter and clean every day so that I can spend Sunday doing other fun and exciting things. I did a quick search of the internet and found some of these great tips. Use them to help simplify your own life.
- When you bring the mail in deal with it rather than putting it on a pile. Have a place to put bills so you can deal with them weekly, put the junk mail in the recycling bin, and deal with everything else right then and there.
- De-clutter for 15 minutes every day, before going to bed make sure shoes, toys, dishes, bags and clothes have been put away, so the next morning you know where to find everything.
- Don't allow things into the house in the first place. Whether you've begun de-cluttering the living space, or you've just completed it, stop bringing in new stuff NOW.
- Donate stuff so you do not feel bad about wasting it. Goodwill and Salvation Army are great places to donate things you no longer need.
- Start in one room. De-clutter that room before moving on to the next. That way when you are in another room and something needs to be put away in the room you just finished you know where it goes rather than just putting it in there to be taken care of later. Spending time in that room will feel so much better, and it will be so easy to keep clean, that it will motivate you to do more!
- Start at the corner by the door and move your way around the room, doing the superficial stuff first - surfaces, empty the bin etc. Repeat, but do more the 2nd time around - ie. open the cupboards.
- Whenever you're boiling the kettle for tea, tidy up the kitchen. If the kitchen is tidy, tidy up the next room - it's only 3 minutes but it keeps you on top of everything.
- Use the "one in, two out" rule. The rule: whenever you bring in an item, you have to throw away two other items. First you cheat, by throwing out two pieces of paper, but soon you will have to move to big stuff.
- Clothing rule: If you have not worn an item in 6 months, sell or donate it. Maybe find a friend who is around your size and rotate clothes so that you have new clothes to wear without buying new things.
- The One-Year Box. Take all your items that you unsure about getting rid of (e.g. "I might need this someday..."), put them in a box, seal it and date it for 1 year in the future. When the date comes, and you still did not need to open it to get anything, donate the box WITHOUT OPENING IT. You probably will not even remember what there was in the box.
- Gift everything. Books you've read immediately get recycled among friends, family or local libraries. If you buy a new gaming system, donate your old one - and all the games.
- Don't forget to de-clutter your email accounts. Often we have 300 or more messages there that have been read, but not "put away". I have started organizing my outlook account, putting emails into inbox 2010, sent items 2010, and other folders dated with the year. Next year there will be a new inbox to put emails. I put the emails into the folders once I have dealt with them, it makes it nice to open my email and only see 10 or so emails that need to be dealt with, rather than 300+.
- De-clutter your social calendar. You don't have to say yes to every event, outing or party you are invited to. Prioritize your events and only get involved with things that are your passion.
- De-clutter your medicine cabinets - look at expiration dates and throw away expired products. Things that we put on our face and skin do not have an unlimited shelf life. The blue eye shadow you are keeping from the 1990s needs to be thrown out.
Please take time to watch the following video about The Story of Stuff by The Story of Stuff Project!