DECLUTTER YOUR HOME

Many of us simply just don’t have the time to be super-organized or are extremely busy and intend to clean and organize ‘tomorrow.’ Although we may have very good intentions of wanting to clean out our cupboards, closets, pantry’s and basements; we just don’t know where or how to begin. Just the thought of attempting to clean up, may be daunting and may even cause anxiety enough for us to put it off to another day.

There are some people who are prone to accumulating ‘stuff’ and not being able to part with it. An extreme example of this type of behavior is often referred to as hoarding. Hoarding may begin in childhood and become worse as a person ages. Again, this extreme behavior has been tied into depression and other psychological illnesses.

Spring is the season for renewal. It is known as the time to take the plunge and reorganize your home by purging and getting rid of items you simply have hung on to –but never used. By decluttering your home, you will gain more space, freedom, and a sense of accomplishment. A clean and organized home is representative of a clear and organized mind. If you are thinking about listing your home for sale, the process of decluttering and organizing is an essential one.

Some simple strategies are to begin with one part of your home and tackle each space methodically and with purpose.


KITCHEN PANTRY

We all have items stored away in case a famine hits. Items stored away may well be past their expiry date and be ready to be disposed. As a rule of thumb, if you have not used the canned or bottled item within the past 3 months, chances are you will never use it. Take a bold step and dispose of it. Now, if there are items that you will not use but have not expired, start a donation box to your local food bank. A simple strategy of using bins or containers for pantry item storage can quickly get this space in order.

DRAWERS

The kitchen drawers are notorious places for becoming ‘junk drawers.’ You can try to compartmentalize the space with plastic office desk trays. You can put all kitchen spices in small jars or tins and label the lids for easy reference. Storage caddy’s can come in handy for smaller items like napkin rings and small teacups.

Wire pan racks can help with keeping trays and chopping boards standing upright instead of all piled up in an uneven pile.

LIVING/FAMILY ROOM

Living rooms and family rooms are notorious for having things like mail, magazines and board games lying around and piling up. Identify what items are the clutter culprits and use baskets or see-through storage bins for easy access and simple storage ideas.

BATHROOMS

We all have collections of band -aids, ointments, combs and brushes that all get thrown together in a bathroom drawer. A utensil tray can come to the rescue here. With a simple label using a marker and paper, you can keep the drawers beneath the bathroom vanities clean and clutter free. There may be a collection of soap and shampoos sitting behind in a corner somewhere. Keep all supplies together in a supply drawer and refer to the supply drawer before making any new purchases.

BEDROOMS

As the seasons change, we need to pack our winter boots away and take out our flip-flops, sandals, and running shoes. A quick and easy idea for extra shoe storage is a large clear container with wheels that is able to be stored beneath your bed.

BEDROOM CLOSETS

When organizing your clothing hanging in closets, use hanger tags to keep all like items together. Often times, we will keep clothes that we really have not worn in ages. A good rule of thumb is that if you have not worn something in the last three months, chances are you will not wear it again. Go ahead and start a donation bag of clothing to give to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army.

The idea is to organize and purge and get rid of items that have been collecting dust. Happy Spring Cleaning!!!

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Leila Khan

Leila Khan

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CENTURY 21 Leading Edge Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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