How to Declutter your entire home in 6 Days! (Plus, save the environment.)
We all know how painful it can be when the household items pile up throughout the year and especially during Christmas. When the kid’s toys have doubled in mass, and when the fridge has had its last shelf standing with all the leftovers. It’s time to Declutter, rearrange and renew for 2020! (Not only that, it also helps with adult anxiety.)
Think of all the times you’ve spent looking for something that’s important because of clutter – makes it harder to clean too and can even impact your ability to get a good night’s sleep.
When it comes to decluttering your home, do it in a way that is eco-friendly and makes you feel better about the way you discard it. Keeping the environment in mind can also have its self-esteem benefits.
Day One – The Kitchen:
- Clean your fridge
- Throw out old food or expired condiments
- Clean your pantry
- Sell or donate any small kitchen appliances that you no longer use
- Make a list of any new condiments that need replacing
- Finally go through your junk draw and organise it (Come on! We’re all guilty of having one!)
Day Two – Dining Room, Family Room, Entrance
- Go through DVD/video game drawers and if you don’t love something either sell it or donate it
- Sell or donate shoes, hats, coats, gloves and scarves that have been outgrown or simply not being used anymore
- Sell any home décor that no longer brings you joy. Gumtree is a great way to sell unwanted items.
Day Three – Bedrooms
- Go through all the cupboards and donate or sell any clothing items or shoes that haven’t been worn in 6 months +
- Organise books, toys and stationery. You can donate any of these items to local day care centres or libraries.
Day Four – Bathrooms
- Clean out all cupboards under the sink
- Throw away all expired makeup or toiletries
- Throw away any makeup or creams that you don’t use anymore
- Label and use bathroom storage baskets for the items you continue to use
Day Five – Office
- Go through your to do ‘pile’ and don’t quit until it’s all clear
- Discard and shred all business and personal records if not needed. ASIC requires companies to keep their records for Seven Years, and the ATO requires you to keep records for five years. If your company owns any assets, then you may need to keep these records for longer.
- Even declutter your PC! Delete any old Files that are no longer needed and make sure you back up your important files on an external hard drive or passport.
Day Six – Garage
- Go through all the kid’s outdoor toys and keep only the items that they constantly play with
- Discard of any old paint tins, only if they’re completely empty. If they still have some left-over paint in them then you need to do a proper chemical cleanout. In addition to old paint, you can also discard of old fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fluorescent lighting, batteries and oils. You can find out more information on this at https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment/recycling-and-reuse/household-recycling-overview/find-crcs-or-hcco
Start off 2020 with a fresh, clean slate and don’t let the clutter reappear, (Until next year)
Happy New Year!!