One of my New Year resolutions is to declutter my home and keep it that way! When my home is cluttered I feel out of sorts and it affects all aspects of my life. If my living room is cluttered with magazines, toys, etc. I get frustrated and end up not wanting to clean at all. If my kitchen counters are cluttered I usually don't want to cook and head to the closest fast food restaurant. When my house is squared away, I feel a sense of peace. And after the holiday rush, I could really use some peace.
I have tried to declutter my home in the past but, I would become overwhelmed and eventually give up. This time I know I need a plan of attack. So, I did some research and this is what I plan to do (based on what I found):
One Space at a Time - No matter how big or small, only work on one area at a time (ex: the linen closet).
Designate Space - Decide what the space will be used for (ex: linen closet - linens only!)
Empty It and Clean Out - Remove everything from the area. This will give you an opportunity to thoroughly clean it and evaluate how much usable space you actually have.
Classify the Clutter - Categorize the clutter you are removing into boxes/bins: trash, recycle, keep and sell/donate.
Organize - Before putting items into the space, utilize and organize with boxes, bins, shelves, etc. This will give everything it's place and make it easier to keep tidy.
Maintain - Be sure not to put items in the space that don't belong. Revisit the space - straighten it out and declutter every few months.