How to De-Stuff Your House in 15 Easy Steps

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It’s time to form a routine of purging unnecessary possessions rather than storing them away. It’s hardly a relaxing place to live if you always have to move things out of the way or over them. Let’s tackle the most frequent forms of clutter one space at a time.

In the kitchen, number the objects you use most frequently.

These things are worthy of being displayed prominently in your kitchen. The ideal placement for them is within easy reach. Avoid wasting precious cabinet or drawer real estate on unnecessary items like a surplus of coffee mugs, plastic bags, or cleaning supplies.

The second step is determining how much of each item you must keep on hand.

Is it the case that you have six of something but only use one? We regularly run into this issue. Having rules in place will make it much easier to keep the kitchen tidy. Things that are damaged, soiled, or chipped must be discarded.

Third, please remove or donate your excess stuff or put it in long-term storage until needed.

That is, assuming you have a place in or for keeping things for a while. You should get rid of your extra stuff if you’re running out of space for long-term storage unless it’s something irreplaceable, like your grandmother’s fine china; in this case, you should get rid of something else. It’s important to regularly go through storage spaces and get rid of unused items while replacing anything broken or worn.

Fourth, clean the most prominent surface in your kitchen: the countertops.

Put all of the items in boxes or on trays to begin. Now is an excellent time to give your countertops a good scrub. Now, return just the goods that are essential to your daily life. Examples: a coffee machine, toasters, and utensil caddies. If you don’t have much counter space, don’t bother displaying anything ornamental there. If you want to save counter space in the kitchen, hang your decorations on the wall instead.

5.) Create an RAF file, an action film, to prevent paper stacks from accumulating.

Any three-folder or file-holding container will do as an RAF file. Read, take action, and store is the abbreviation for RAF. If you utilize an RAF file, you can sort the papers that arrive in your home into three categories: to read, to act (on), and to file. You need to be able to swiftly locate each piece of paper you have saved for several reasons. Of course, there is also the garbage can; use it frequently. Receipts, recipes, takeout menus, school information, and often-called numbers can all be kept in binders with translucent plastic pages.

Six.) Clear out the refrigerator!

Reduce the size of, get rid of, or put any outdated magnets on the fridge to one side. Get rid of clutter on the front and store documents like restaurant menus in a binder or RAF folder. You can get acid-free pencils and pens in the scrapbooking section of any store, so if you want to keep your kid’s best artwork, you may do so by writing their age on the back of each piece. When you’re finished eating, only replace expired things in the fridge.

On the first of every month, transfer the new dates from your pocket calendar to the wipe-off calendar you keep on the refrigerator’s front. That way, you won’t have to worry about double booking or missing important events.

Seventh, disinfect the toilet and organize the medicine chest.

Toss nearly empty bottles of cosmetics and toiletries such as perfume, lotion, and nail paint. Don’t stop buying what you know and love. Don’t waste money keeping anything you didn’t enjoy using or that didn’t deliver results. They become more expensive due to the extra room they take up.

8. De-clutter overflowing drawers.

Sure, we’ve all crammed one more thing into a drawer we thought was complete. It’s high time that was altered. Remove everything from each drawer and ask yourself, “Do I love this? Do I need this?”I kept asking myself, “Why am I keeping this?” What you need to accomplish can be deduced from the responses to these inquiries. Then you decide whether to retain, donate, or get rid of it. If you declutter your drawers, you can find what you need more quickly and with less frustration.

Remove all clutter from the bathroom vanity.

Having clean bathroom counters makes getting dressed in the morning a breeze and relieves tension. Because of how simple it is to clean, this also saves you time. If you’re wondering what to do with all the items you removed from the kitchen counter, see suggestion number 12.

Ten. Make the most of your wall space.

When space is at a premium, look no further than the walls themselves. Many different storage solutions exist for clearing up tables and desks. Try envisioning your area and asking yourself, “Can I add a shelf or shelves here?” An in-wall toothbrush or soap container, perhaps. Hotel towel holders, available on EBay, can store four towels simultaneously, including two face towels, two hand towels, and two washcloths.

Eleven.) Establish a tranquil haven.

Bottles of shampoo, conditioner, bath toys, and body wash overflow in most bathrooms with tubs and showers. Once again, empty the space, then use a soap scum remover to scrub the remaining surfaces thoroughly. Then, only replace the items with everyday use. If you don’t already have one, invest in a shower caddy and a basket or bag that can be affixed to a wall to store the kids’ toys.

Create your own set of bath bags.

A separate container for each family member’s bathing necessities is essential. A wicker basket, a small plastic crate, or other similarly sized container will do. A separate container for each family member’s toiletries simplifies their long-term storage under the sink, bathroom, or linen closet. Having all of their grooming supplies in one place makes it simple to access things like a comb or hair detangler, and it also makes it simple to relocate to a different bathroom if necessary.

Make a calm sanctuary, number 13.

The bedroom is meant for leisure and relaxation. Work and other stressful activities should be avoided. Don’t let anything in there that isn’t linked to sleep get piled up. A bed, dresser, nightstands, a light, and perhaps a seat or chair are all appropriate furnishings for this space. Do not make your bedroom look smaller and less tranquil by stuffing it to the gills with furniture. You shouldn’t keep anything on your nightstand but your reading glasses (if needed), a single book or magazine, your alarm clock, and maybe some Kleenex. Start by removing unnecessary items from the room, then return only those that aid relaxation. Donate the excess or find a place to put it.

14) Always use the “one in, one out” principle.

When you’ve got everything in order to make your home comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, you should eliminate one thing before adding another. The only way to keep the equilibrium you’ve reached is to trade places with another person.

15) Stock your laundry room with four bins.

Each laundry room needs these four containers. Use anything you have on hand for the third one — a box, a bag, a laundry basket, etc. The final item is a garbage container. Remember to use labels, donate, repair, and throw away your rags and rubbish. Donating items means you’ll have to keep a box handy to sort through for things that are worn out but still functional. Minor repairs are required due to the fixing. Cotton or wool garments, depending on the severity of the damage, can be repurposed as rags for cleaning or staining furniture. Pocket change, used dryer sheets, and other garbage go in the trashcan. This will prevent it from accumulating on your dryer and spilling onto the floor.

The 15-step plan for a less-cluttered house is complete.

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