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Thursday, April 9

How To De-Clutter Your Life - The Easy Way


I am naturally extremely Type A about a lot of things. Sure, I can still be lazy sometimes and messy (to a certain extent), but for the most part I really love when I have everything organized and de-cluttered and clean. I can't study well in a dirty room and I can't focus if there's something around me that I feel like I need to clean. I love to-do lists and I love marking things off of my to-do lists. But mostly, I just like having an organized space to simply just be.

Thus, I try to do a few specific things every day/week/month/every few months. I don't always get to do them, but I try to stick as close as possible to my schedule to keep up with everything. In the lists, you'll see some stuff about going through clothes, and I FULLY back that idea as the best one in the entire list. Not only does it help you get rid of clutter, but it also helps others by giving them clothes. I've tried to sell books and clothes on eBay but it is so much of a hassle and I would much rather just bag them up and take them to the nearest Salvation Army or Palmer Home to help people that actually need them. So. Here we go. :)

Every Day: 

// Make a to-do list either right before you go to bed or right after you wake up! It's a good way to start your day.
// Always make sure dishes are either washed or at least in the dishwasher before bed. They pile up so easily throughout the day and they're one of my biggest stresses when it comes to cleaning the house.

Every Week: 

// Empty out your car and wipe it down with a Clorox wipe. Our cars tend to be nastier than anything else since we basically live out of them on a regular basis.
// Vacuum, sweep, and mop your whole house.

Every Month: 

// Go through your purse and empty it out. Completely turn it upside down and go through every little thing. (No, you don't need that movie stub from a month ago.)
// Clean out and organize your pantry and fridge. Actually take everything out, wipe down the shelves, check for expiration dates, and re-organize the food so you can see everything. 
// Go through your social media/phone and delete people and groups and apps you don't talk to or use. If you still have your ex's number in your phone or your sister's best friend's cousin added as a friend on FB you should probably go ahead and delete those.

Every 3 Months: 

// Go through your dresser/closet and give away any clothes you haven't worn in the past three months. (I realize this is ridiculously hard because many of us tend to be natural hoarders like me, but it needs to be done). I had 30 tank tops one time and realized that I had a problem.
// Do the same with your books! I'm the first person to want to keep every book I've ever owned, but until I have a house of my own someday and have a room specifically for my tiny library I hope to have, I just don't have space for it right now. If you haven't picked up a book since high school, it's time to give it away. 

After a year of doing all of this, I am so much happier with how my living space looks and feels. On top of these scheduled things, I also have general rules like "If I buy something, I have to give something away," that way I don't fall back into over-loading my closet with unneeded clothing that will never get worn for one reason or another.

Would you add anything else to this list? How do you keep your house clean?


Happy Thursday! :)

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7 comments:

  1. I wish I could follow this, but about 5 minutes after I cleaned, the kids come through like a tornado... plus, Im a hoarder so there is that... probably the best bet is to get someone over to my house to make me throw stuff away

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  2. GREAT list - *puts "clean the cars" on tomorrow's to-do-list*
    Haha and let's be real, FB friend purging is sooooo relieving. Makes you feel like you should buy yourself some dinner.

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  3. Great ideas! Funny how it's so much less useful when your toddler empties out your purse ;)

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  4. Great tips! Especially the cleaning out your closet every three months. I do it every year (Spring Cleaning) but it makes things stressful because after a year of not seeing some of clothes, I feel the urge to "give it a second chance". I think every three months would eliminate that feeling of holding onto everything.

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  5. I have my little things I do every day too. Like, we don't have a dishwasher, so I HAVE to do dishes daily. And sweep/vacuum/wet Swiffer floors every other day, not just weekly. Living with a man and two cats, plus our friends over every weekend... It's hard to keep up with. But I manage. :)

    Sarah
    www.fromdogwoodstomagnolias.com

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  6. Just recently found your blog, and glad I did. These are great tips!! I'm the type of person where if it's not written down, it doesn't exist, haha. I like how you broke tasks down also by priority. Looking forward to reading more!

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  7. Those are some great tips! While I've learned to "behave" when it comes to filling up my closet (and yes, I was quite a hoarder too some years back), my weak spot seems to be the kitchen ... at this point cleaning out the pantry pretty much equals an archaeological excavation! *drops head on desk*

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