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5 QUICK DECLUTTERING TIPS TO RECLAIM YOUR HOME FAST!

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HOW TO QUICKLY RECLAIM YOUR HOME FROM CLUTTER NOW!

Are you starting to wonder where your lovely home went? Is it lost under a sea of clutter and junk? Well, fear not. I’m coming to your rescue with some quick decluttering tips to help you reclaim your home.

These tips are simple and easily actionable, so there’s no chance you’ll just read this post and still not do anything about the clutter. These are the tips that are so easy to put into action that you are literally going to read them and then get started.

Why am I so confident? 

Because I’ve been where you are now. I’ve stood in my family home looking in despair at the crud that surrounded me. 

Just looking at the self-induced chaos (with more than a little help from my family) almost caused my brain to short-circuit. 

I am very much of the opinion that the word ‘overwhelm’ is over-used, but in that moment, I felt truly overwhelmed. 

And it’s true that living surrounded by untidiness and clutter really can play havoc with your wellbeing.

Not to mention that it can be a total time-suck when nothing is ever where it’s meant to be, and you just can’t find that thing you are looking for. 

But as I’ve alluded to already, there is a way to cut through the clutter and FAST. 

Read on to discover how.

5 STEPS TO RECLAIMING YOUR HOME FROM CLUTTER

I’ve listed the five steps that I took to take action and reclaim my home. Tips that will help you bring about massive change and get you and your home back on track. 

The added bonus is that these FIVE QUICK WINS will make you feel so good because you will instantly be able to see and feel the difference. 

1. TARGET THE ENTRANCE TO YOUR HOME

If your entrance hall is like ours, it easily gets clogged up with footwear discarded somewhere near the hallway bench rather than neatly under it (or indeed, in the understairs cupboard where we have actual shoe racks). There’s an array of coats, jackets, and assorted dog leads flung on the coat hooks. And the hallway bench is more dumping ground than a place to sit and put your shoes on.

This is why the entrance hall or entrance area of your home is a great place to do a quick decluttering blitz. It’s as much a psychological thing as a space-clearing thing.

Spend 15 minutes tidying footwear away and redistributing coats and jackets to their owners’ bedroom wardrobes, with the exception of any that get worn on a regular basis. 

Sweep the hallway bench of clutter, bin the junk mail that’s sat on it for weeks, tidy up the dog poop bags and arrange the dog leads neatly. 

Job. Done!

2. CLEAR KITCHEN COUNTERS

Unless you are noughties Carrie Bradshaw (who famously used her stove as shoe storage), your kitchen is one of the most used spaces in your home, so it’s hardly surprising that it can get cluttered. 

The fastest way to make your kitchen feel less cluttered is to clear the counters. 

What I tend to do is move everything from the counter to the kitchen table. 

The only things that get to go back onto the counter are the things that get used every day. So, for my kitchen, that’s the toaster, the air fryer, the coffee machine, the fruit bow and a roll of kitchen towel.  O, and a sink tidy. 

Everything else gets redistributed into the pantry cupboard, the utility room or kitchen drawers and cupboards. Or, stuff that actually doesn’t belong in the kitchen at all but gets dumped on the counter gets chucked away or sent off to where it actually belongs. 

You might be wondering about decluttering and tidying the kitchen cupboards and drawers, but that is a job for when you have more time. Remember, this is about quickly reclaiming your house from the immediate threat of clutter overload. 

3. PACK AWAY SEASONAL CLOTHES

Next up. Sorting out your personal space is a fast way to make you feel so much better about your home. 

Kick-off with a quick wardrobe/closet declutter with the emphasis on QUICK. 

Tempting as it might be to start sorting stuff out for donating or trying to sell, the fastest way to sort out your wardrobe/closet is to pack away seasonal clothes. 

Or rather, pack away unseasonal clothes. 

Blankets, jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves can all be washed and stored away neatly once the colder weather is over.

Same deal for swimming togs, beach towels and summer clothes when autumn arrives.

It needn’t be a big faff.

All you need to do is get yourself some space-saving storage bags. Ziploc does a good value box of 15 bags in assorted sizes, which I can wholeheartedly recommend.

They work much better for me than other brands that I have tried, plus the different sizes are really handy.

Get everything folded and into them, ready to come out again when the new season arrives.

You will find your wardrobes and drawers are no longer crammed full and spilling out all over the place.

Plus, it’s easier putting seasonally appropriate clothes away in drawers and wardrobes because there is actually SPACE for them!!

One caveat is to have one recycling bag to hand for stuff that’s better days are so far in the past that it’s better off out of your house for good. 

4. TEAR THROUGH BEDDING AND TOWELS (NOT LITERALLY)

The place where you store your bedlinens and towels is often a place that is rammed to overflowing with spares and stuff you can’t quite bear to part with (if you have kids). 

Spare sets of linen and towels are one of those things. 

Spare sets of bed linen, spare duvets, old duvets, seasonal duvets, blankets… they TAKE UP SO MUCH ROOM!

I took half an hour to go through all our bed linen and duvets and managed to declutter our linen cupboard, drawer in a chest of drawers and towel basket. 

This is what I focused on:

  • Create a pile of torn, marked linen and duvets ready to take to your local recycling facility – and actually take it!
  • Create a pile of sets you simply never use any more. Even the ones you are keeping JUST IN CASE! And, yes, it can be difficult to get rid of gorgeous children’s bedding sets. It can be emotional. But do it. Wash them if need be, then bundle them up and donate them or give them away to a friend.
  • Get yourself some Space Saver vacuum bags, squeeze all the spare duvets and pillows into them… and then vacuum all the air out until they are nice and flat.
  • Get yourself some drawer dividers and neatly stack the remaining bed linen within them. This is a rather good value set of drawer dividers on Amazon.

The result will be that you have spare bedding that takes up minimal space to store and is easily accessible when you need it.

What’s not to love?!

5. BLITZ YOUR BATHROOM 

If you’re like me, your bathroom and dressing table are full of half-finished products you don’t use any products dotted around on surfaces that should be in a bathroom cabinet. 

Again, they might not take up an enormous amount of space, but it’s critical space in the bathroom, and they make it impossible to find things you do actually use.

I can’t even begin to describe how much time and mental energy I have saved every morning now that I can actually find my mascara and my hair brush without emptying the draw out.

And that’s your lot. You’ll notice this list doesn’t take in every room in your home. I’ve not even mentioned tidying kids’ bedrooms or playrooms. 

That’s because this is all about quickly doing a few well-chosen decluttering tasks that make a big difference to how your home looks and, therefore, how you feel. 

Success breeds success. So start with these tasks, and then you’ll feel motivated to take your decluttering journey even further. 

Lisa Healy

Tuesday 28th of October 2014

I did the same thing with our games and puzzles and it made such a difference!

Alice Emma Thompson

Wednesday 12th of November 2014

It really does doesn't it! And I found lots more toys actually got paid with as well.

Meg Falciani

Sunday 27th of July 2014

The box conundrum -- I hate using zip-top kitchen bags, because they're not so sturdy and we always have boxes breaking easily! I am hunting Amazon right now for the different size zip bags, and will be getting rid of boxes!

Kristie M

Thursday 24th of July 2014

I am deep cleaning and loving it! I definitely think there are things in our bathroom drawer that we don't use. That is something I will have to work on soon!

Alice Emma Thompson

Friday 25th of July 2014

It does feel so good when you get a chance for a really deep clean doesn't it? We had so much gunk in the bathroom that wasn't being used. I chucked loads and gave myself 3 weeks to finish off all those almost finished bottles before they had to go.

OneMommy

Tuesday 15th of July 2014

Oh, the toys! Yes -- trying to get rid of those is so hard! Love the idea of taking the puzzles out of the boxes. I've done that to a few, I think I will do the rest!

Alice Emma Thompson

Friday 25th of July 2014

Does make a massive difference - and DVDs as well. I've junked all our boxes and put them in those zippy wallets you can get.

Blair Lonergan

Saturday 12th of July 2014

Hi, Alice! These are some great suggestions! I'm going to share this info on my FB page this weekend. :) Pinned, too!

Alice Emma Thompson

Friday 25th of July 2014

Thanks so much for the shares Blair - really appreciated x