It seems early to be thinking of the holidays but it’s not! Don’t wait until the last minute to get your home ready for the holidays. Start now with Jill’s simple tips for a clutter-free home.
Will you be entertaining family and friends during the holidays? If your home is cluttered, this might make you feel anxious.
Removing clutter is a good way to start the organizing process and an important step in maintaining organization.
As a professional organizer, I don’t recommend stashing the clutter and forgetting about it. I know it’s an easy solution but I have seen clients suffer through the consequences of too much stashing and not enough trashing.
Here are some tips for clutter removal:
• Make a good first impression. Put away shoes and bags that are cluttering your home’s entrance.
• Toss or recycle junk mail.
• Round-up all the dirty dishes, wash them and scrub your sink.
• Enlist your children to gather up the toys and games and return them to their shelves, toy boxes or bedrooms.
• Pick up newspapers and magazines. Recycle the oldest issues and find a home for those you will truly read (be ruthless).
• Clear your counters and dining room table. Return items to their proper homes.
• Put all the books, CD’s and DVD’s back on their shelves.
• Take one last look around for things that are out of place. These are the odds-and-ends that gravitate to other rooms. Collect them in a container and return them where they belong.
• If you have dead houseplants, let them go.
Work on this checklist for 30 minutes every day and you will be clutter-free in no time.
What room is your biggest challenge to declutter? Why?