The Spring Cleaning Bug has bitten me! I have been on a mission this week to get the organization in my home under control. Each day, I pick a room (or finish up a room) and I go through everything in the room and decide what I want to do with the items. Since we moved into this house while I was pregnant and then having a newborn around, we never fully unpacked. So, this week, unpacking has begun.
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It all started when I wanted to move my sewing machine into my office from the basement. There was no room in my office so it was time to make room. These five questions helped me organize the office and remove all the clutter.
5 Tips for Home Organization: Project Declutter
1. HAVE YOU USED/WORN THE ITEM RECENTLY?
One thing I look at is if I have used this item or worn this piece of clothing recently. Obviously, since I am unpacking, most the items will be in this category and will most likely be either thrown out, donated, or placed in a pile for a garage sale. In my office alone, I had emptied a pile of boxes and thrown out about two trash bags full of trash. I now have a lovely office that I love to use.
2. DO YOU PLAN TO USE/WEAR THE ITEM SOON?
Since I was unpacking, I did give each item a second go over. Since I just found it, I asked myself if I would could use it soon. If I couldn’t think of a use for it, it was placed in the trash, donate, or garage sale pile.
3. DOES THE ITEM HAVE A SPECIAL MEANING?
Some items need to be kept for special reasons. I found my husband and I’s baby blankets and these will obviously be kept. I have been purchasing plastic storage containers to place things in. This will help keep things organized better and it gets rid of cardboard boxes.
4. IS THE ITEM BROKEN?
Some things broke in the move. If I didn’t plan to fix it soon, I got rid of it. You may also look at the cost of the item. I had a lamp that cost less than $10 and it broke. We don’t need it so I decided it was ok to part with.
5. WHY ARE YOU STILL HANGING ON TO THE ITEM?
Did someone give the item to you and you feel obligated to keep it? Does it fit your decor? If it is something that just does not work with you or your decor, donate it or put it in a garage sale. I personally keep porcelain dolls from when I was younger, I am not really sure why. They have been in boxes for 10 plus years! So guess what, I have boys and I don’t really want to display them, so they are going to sold. What does not sell will get donated. I am sure there is a little girl out there that would enjoy them better than I will.
It took me a few days to get through my office but when I did, I personally felt better. I have since decluttered my oldest son’s room and started on my youngest son’s room. Then it is on to my room. I have Precious Moments to unpack and place in their cabinet so I can remove those boxes from my room. The list is never ending it seems but while I am in the mood, I plan to keep chugging along. It feels wonderful to some organization back in my home.
Do you have a linen closet? See how I was able to organize mine: How to Organize your Linen Closet.
Tell me in the comments, what organization tips have worked for you?