Isn’t it incredible how you always feel like you really have your life together when your house is clean? It’s like an organized house helps you create an organized life. Many people seem to think that decluttering your home is a time-consuming and expensive project, but this isn’t the case at all.
With these handy tips, you’ll be able to get your house organized and your mind back on track in no time at all. Keep reading to find out the easiest ways to declutter right now!
Put a Sock in It
Almost every family has a bag of unmatched socks. Well, this is a trend that definitely needs to die! If you’ve made it through a complete cycle of laundry without finding a pair for your sock, it’s time to donate all the lone soldiers to charity or throw them away.
Clean It Out
If you haven’t worn something in a year, give it away. There are plenty of charities that will be thrilled to receive your donation. This way, you can help out the needy while cleaning out your closet.
Another clothing tip is coming up on soon! HINT: It’s a little one that can make a HUGE difference.
No — not Unidentifiable Flying Objects! We Mean Unidentifiable Frozen Objects! If there’s anything in your refrigerator or freezer that you can’t recognize, go ahead and pitch it. It’s always better safe than sorry. In the future, try labeling your frozen foods with a sharpie to avoid any confusion!
Wire hangers are pretty difficult to deal with. They bend easily, don’t do a very good job holding clothes in place, and always seem to be getting misplaced. Fix all of these issues and give your closet a tidier look by investing in some high-quality wooden or plastic hangers.
Dress It Up
Getting dressed up to go to a function is always a special feeling, so why not share it with others? Most areas have charities for men and women to donate their gently-used formal wear to the less fortunate so that they can be used for job interviews, high school proms, and even weddings. Isn’t that sweet?
Kitchen Clean Up
When was the last time you replaced your kitchen sponge? If it has been more than a month, it’s time to throw it out and pick up a new one! Overusing your sponge will cause it to harbor nasty germs and bacteria and will prevent it from getting your dishes as clean and shiny as they should be. If in doubt, toss it out!
What else should you be replacing more often than you already are? Keep reading to find out the answer!
Bye Bye, Boxes
Let’s face it… cardboard cereal boxes are just plain ugly! Make your kitchen A LOT more aesthetically pleasing by transferring your dry foods into beautiful glass jars. Not only will these look great, they’ll also help to keep your pantry neat and uncluttered. It’s a win-win situation!
Out with the Old
Be sure to get rid of those old planners and calendars once the year ends! They’ll simply take up space that you don’t have. At least once a year, take a few minutes to purge all those used up organizational tools from your living space. Trust us… it’ll be worth it.
Two Thumbs Up?
The next time you have a few spare minutes, go through your DVD collection. Unless you would give the film two thumbs up, it’s probably time to let it go. You can get most movies through streaming services or on the internet these days anyway.
Momma Needs a New Pair of Shoes
Give your shoe collection a good and thorough inspection. If you have any that are missing, developing holes, or just plain worn out, it’s time to throw them away, sell them, or donate them to charity. Don’t let shoes you’ll never wear again take up that much valuable space.
Unidentifiable Freaking Keys! Every house has ’em, but no one can figure out what to do with them. Fortunately, most recycling centers have a mixed metals bin that accept old keys to be melted down and made into something new. This is good for the environment AND will help you avoid any confusion while you’re scrambling to leave the house in the morning.
Wrap It Up
Most people refresh their holiday wrapping paper choices while they’re out doing their seasonal shopping. If you’re not like most people, try storing your old wrapping paper in an attractive basket. That will make it MUCH easier on the eyes and keep everything in one handy place for the next festive occasion.
Clean and Shiny
You rely on your toothbrush to keep your mouth clean. So, why would you take any chances when it comes to the quality of your toothbrush? Throw out all those nasty old toothbrushes and make a special effort to buy a brand new brush at least once every three months.
Many families have entire shelves of cookbooks stacked on top of each other. Unfortunately, Americans don’t cook nearly as often as they used to, leaving plenty of cookbooks with their spines uncracked. Try donating these to a charity like Goodwill or gifting them to some of your foodie friends.
When was the last time you replaced your makeup? While your pocketbook won’t like this reality check, mascara should be replaced at least once every three months, while foundation and powders need to be replaced at least once a year. Lipstick and gloss have about a six-month shelf life unless you catch a cold.
Take a few minutes to clean out all the expired food items from your pantry and shelves. While you’re at it, make a box of all the canned goods you don’t plan on eating anytime soon. Then, pack it all up and donate it to your local food bank. It will be so appreciated.
‘Tis the Season
Christmas cards are great, until Christmas is over, that is! After the holiday season wraps up and the snow clears, recycle all those old cards from family and friends. Unless you plan on looking through them often, place them in a photo album or allow the paper to be made into something better.
Four Eyes, Two Lives
Most cities have charities that allow glasses-wearers to donate their old frames to the less fortunate. This is a great way to give someone else the gift of sight, while also keeping the glasses you’ll never wear again from taking up space in your house!.What a good deal!
Is This an Heirloom?
This is a hard one, but it’s very important. Getting rid of all your children’s clothes that no longer fit is a REALLY good way to free up space. Unless it’s a family heirloom or has special sentimental value, it’s probably best to sell it or donate it to charity.
Take a Whiff
Chances are high that you have an entire cabinet stocked full of exotic spices like paprika, cumin, and powdered ginger. But most people don’t realize that these delicious flavor boosters have an expiration dat. Not sure if your spices are still good to eat? Take a strong whiff of them. If they still have a smell, they’ll still have a taste.