Happy Monday! We are back with the second week of the Clear the Clutter Challenge. How did things go for you the first week of the challenge? I am about 99% done but I still have a few little things to finish up! This week we are working on entry way, linen closet and living room! I will share a few easy steps to get these spaces under control!
Take everything out
First things first, and this is probably the most time consulting step, take EVERYTHING out of bins, baskets, drawers, shelves, etc! Note: Start with one space at a time instead of tackling all three of these spaces at once!
You decide if you want to tackle the hardest or easiest space first!
Decide what you want to keep
Go through your piles and decide what you want to keep. Be ruthless and logical about your must keep items. Do you need 5 king sheet sets if you only have one king size bed in the house?
In the linen closet, I decided to keep two sheet sets per each bed. Then if one is in the wash we use the other set. We don’t need more than that!
Same process goes with everything in your entry way/mud room! Determine how many hats, gloves, coats that everyone in the family needs. Unfortunately we tend to lose gloves easily, so we need all the pairs we have!
Don’t forget to clean out those spaces in your living room like the toy bins and magazine racks!
Determine how you want to organize
Now that you have your piles of “keepers”, determine how you want to organize those things. Do you have bins and baskets around the house that you can already use?
In my entryway way we have baskets down low that hold current seasonal items and then baskets up high that hold out of season items. At the end of the season I just swap the items with each other. So much easier than storing in another part of the house.
Also, one little tip for keeping my mud closet a little more organized is to keep the kids backpacks in their rooms on the weekends. This allows us to have a little more room in the closet, especially if we are entertaining on the weekend. Plus it looks a little more organized for those few days of the week!
I’ve been watching Tidying Up on Netflix, so I’ve totally been converted in how I fold. Just by folding my towels better I ended up with so much more room in the closet.
We don’t have a living room, so I worked on our family room for this week. There isn’t much in the way of clutter in this room, but I cleared off our ottoman that always seems to accumulate stuff. Plus, we have one toy bin that tends to be a catch all, so I try to go through it on a weekly basis. Once the basket is filled up, I go through it and return things to their proper homes.
Don’t forget to maintain regularly
The biggest key to keep these spaces organized is to regularly maintain the areas. Almost every day, I am straightening up our mud closet and taking out extra shoes and coats. Actually, cleaning up the coat closet area is one of the kids favorite assigned chores because it only takes a minute or two! You know it is an easy task if kids LIKE THE CHORE!
Unfortunately, decluttering is not a one and done process. I recently read that Marie Kondo, the queen of tidy, goes through her house every single day! I can only imagine how tidy her home must be since she is always keeping up with decluttering!
We hope you are joining us along for this decluttering challenge. I am hearing from so many of you that this five week series is helpful is so motivating! Yay!