Spring is here and it’s a great time to de-clutter you home. We’ll give you the tools and tricks you need to get your place into great shape without even breaking a sweat, and we’ll break down each task into smaller pieces so that no matter how much time you have — whether it’s ten minutes, five minutes, or even just one minute — you’ll be able to make a difference. This shouldn’t be an overwhelming time, but a time to make life a little easier.
Day 1: 10 items
Find 10 items you can toss or donate. This allows you to get in the spring cleaning mind set! If you have kids get them involved. Have them each find a few toys to re-home.
Day 2: Countertops
Clear your counter tops of everything, wipe them clean, and add back only what is necessary. Everything else needs a new home, tossed, or donated.
Day 3: Pantry/Refrigerator/Freezer
Look through everything and check expiration dates. Throw out anything expired or you will not use. Minimize packaging when possible to save space.
Day 4: Kitchen Cabinets
Look for any kitchen items that you do not use or have room for. Ensure that all Tupperware has matching lids and eliminate as many unnecessary kitchen gadgets, cookbooks, and utensils as you can.
Day 5: Mail/Paperwork
Do you have a pile of paperwork (or two?) collecting on your kitchen counter or in your home office? This might be one of the more challenging days. It is something that has to be done, however. Go through bills, receipts, and any other paperwork, tossing (or shredding) what you don’t need and sorting whatever is left over into its proper location. Only keep papers needed to pay your current bills and papers needed for tax purposes. Everything else can be shredded.
Day 6: Medicine Cabinet/First Aid Supplies
Medicine is actually best stored outside of the bathroom in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children. Go through all medications and look for items that are expired or that you no longer need. Return expired medications to your local pharmacy for proper disposal.
Day 7: Magazines and Books
Let go of your magazine hoarding and get rid of any outdated editions. Cut out pages that you would like to keep and sort into a filing system. Recycle or donate old books that you will no longer read and sort the rest in a logical order.
Day 8: Junk Drawer
Get rid of everything that is not needed. If you have time, use inexpensive plastic containers to store similar items together. Put items that belong elsewhere away.
Day 9: Bathroom Cabinets
Go through all beauty products and keep only what you really use. Do you really need all of those hotel shampoo bottles?
Day 10: Bedroom Closet
Sort through all clothing and ask yourself if you would still buy it today. If not, it is time for it to go!
Day 11: Sock and Underwear Drawer
This one always sneaks up on you. A full year of unsorted socks can be a BIG task. Go through all of those socks and underwear. Make sure you have matching socks with no holes and only keep what you still wear.
Day 13: Nightstand
Clear off table top and sort through drawers keeping only what you would need before bed or during the night.
Day 13: Garage
This one is also a big clutter offender. Again, set a timer and collect as many items as you can that you no longer use or need.
Day 14: Car
Grab two bags – one for garbage and one for anything that needs to go back in the house. Put everything away in its proper place that you bring back into the house.
Okay, so are you ready to begin? I promise that it will be worth the effort in the end! We’d love to hear from you on Facebook on how the challenge is going and if you have any tips you’ve learned along the way!