Dump the junk and simplify your life
(NC)—You want a clean organized home. No matter how many containers or organizing systems you have, the easiest way to clean is to get rid of unnecessary stuff.
1. Visualize your space. Families should talk about how they want to use each room and what the goal of this exercise is for them.
2. Plan it. Decluttering seems like a daunting task. Take on one room at a time. Make categories about the stuff you have before you begin: donate, sell, store, keep, trash. Sort your items into five piles. Throw away the trash. Box up the storage items. Box up your donation and sales items and put the 'keep' items back in their proper places.
3. Change your mind. Once you get rid of things you no longer need, it's time to switch the way that you think and only purchase things that you need and that you can store. Ask yourself what you really need. No more flea markets or impulse purchases. Accept other people's things only if you need them and have a space for them. You will end up saving money, space and cleaning time in your home.
4. When you purchase necessary items for your home like groceries, linens or cleaning supplies, choose less bulky and easy to store options. For example, Purex Complete 3-in1 laundry sheets contain a load's worth of detergent, softener and anti-static all in one powerful sheet. When you drop the laundry sheet into the washer, the detergent is released during the wash cycle. Once the wash is complete, you transfer the laundry sheet along with the clothes into the dryer. The stripe is heat-activated by the dryer to soften and remove static. Instead of multiple containers in your laundry room you are left with only one.
5. Go back and do it all over again. Decluttering should happen three or four times a year. Once it becomes part of your routine, everyone can benefit.