It is officially the end of the year, which means that holidays have come and gone and a fresh new year is about to begin. For many, a new year is the perfect opportunity to refresh, refine and renew. What better place to begin, than with your home.
We have a few tips to help get you started!
5 Tips to Declutter + Organize for 2020
1. Keep, Toss or Donate
One of the hardest things to do when decluttering is sorting, especially when tend to keep things for sentimental reasons. As hard as it is to face, we actually do not need to keep everything, your home is not a museum.
Start by categorizing into three piles: Keep, Toss or Donate.
To do this, prepare different baskets or boxes so that you can quickly identify items to donate, throw out, or repair/keep.
Here are a few tips to help you determine what to keep or get rid of:
-Have you worn the piece of clothing in the past two years?
-Has your child played with the toy in the past year?
-Is it an inherited item that you love?
If the answer is no, it could be time to donate. As you go through each area in your home, really think about the last time you used the item and whether it brings you joy. (Marie Kondo is onto something there!)
2. Focus on One Area at a Time
Decluttering an entire home is a big job and will take a lot of time. The best way to start it is to focus on one room and area each week. If you dedicate 20-30 minutes per day, by the end of the week you’ll have already been at it for several hours. Imagine the progress you’ll make!
Make sure that you complete the job fully before moving on to the next space. It will also build confidence as you experience visible success at each step.
Key areas include:
Organization is the key to success when working toward a clutter-free home. Once you’ve sorted your items, you’ll want to find a home for everything that’s left over. Items such as toys, papers, kitchen utensils… they can really pile up, so creating an organized space that gives them a place to stay put when not in use will really help keep clutter at bay.
PRO TIP: Bookcases and cabinets not only add a lovely design focal point, but can act home base when tidying up with the addition of baskets and bins.
4. Carefully Consider New Items
Clutter begins at the store, or from that box your aunt passed along! However you obtain any new items, carefully consider them before bringing them into your home. If they’re hand-me-downs you know you’ll never wear, simply politely decline by letting the giver know 2020 is a year of decluttering. See something on sale you want because it’s a “good deal”? Truly consider it before you buy, because it may seem like a good deal now, but it’ll be money wasted if you’re boxing it up a year from now.
5. Tweak & Improve
Just as with everything, finding a system that works for you and your family takes time. By being mindful of the process – how you obtain, sort, use and store – you’ll become aware of clutter hot spots, and can adjust accordingly. If something isn’t working, tweak it! The goal here is to create a space you’ll love.
Always keep in mind that tidier and simpler means happier and less stressful, so make 2020 the year you’ll clear your space to make way for a healthy, happy and successful year!