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New Year Decluttering Tips

It’s 2020, so why not make your New Year’s resolution to organize, declutter, and make your “home sweet home” a place you can see more clearly?

Where To Start?

As a Certified Home Stager and Redesigner, I not only assist sellers in preparing their homes for sale, but I also work with homeowners in all aspects of decluttering and organizing.

Here are some quick, helpful do-it-yourself tips:

Declutter

  • Take one room at a time. Don’t get overwhelmed going from room to room. Your garage that has been the throw-to place will take longer than your clothes closet, but basically, the need is the same.
  • Make 3 piles:
    1. Discard
    2. Donate
    3. Storage
  • Set a time limit on how long those piles will remain in that room. More than a week is too long, and your attempts at decluttering will be for nothing.
  • Do not get tempted to go down memory lane by those photos you threw in a drawer. Place them in the “Storage” pile, and once you are done decluttering, you’ll enjoy them in the comfort of your organized, relaxing home.

Storage

  • Whether storing at home or renting a storage container, be sure to use plastic storage bins. This prevents bugs, moisture, and damage from leaks.
  • Always label the bins. This way, you’ll remember what you put in them! When I pull out my Christmas decorations, I have my bins labeled with not only its contents, but also what room it goes in. This makes for a quick set up!

Keep It Organized

Now that your home has been decluttered and you have a new sense of place, try to keep it that way:

  • Everything needs a designated place or “holding area,” as I call it. Whether it be your mail, the kids’ homework or toys, briefcase or musical instrument, groceries or cleaning supplies, laundry, shoes and backpacks — getting into the habit of putting items in their holding area as soon as possible will prevent clutter from building up.
  • Before cleaning your home, take the time to go through your home and put everything where it goes. This will make cleaning a breeze!

Have a bigger project you need help with? Reach out to me via email or phone and let’s get you started seeing everything in your home more clearly in 2020!

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