I’m going to let you in on a little secret, well it’s not really a secret. I am not an organized person and I lose things all of the time! I have to call my husband to ask him where things are, things he doesn’t even use. This hasn’t always been the case but I feel like, since having kids, it’s all my brain can take just keeping gum out of the carpet. *so far that has not actually happened…yet. But there are little ways I declutter my house every day that I think really help me feel organized.
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Little Ways I Declutter My House Every Day
1. Set phone alarms for everything.
At first, it started as reminders to drink water throughout the day. Then it turned into a full blown daily schedule. And I kind of love it. If I remind myself to pick up for 15 minutes every evening (with the family to help) then I am a much happier mama come morning.
2. One room at a time.
While this concept probably isn’t earth shattering it’s a good reminder. I could go all day but you’re family might not be able to. Decluttering your space is demanding, not just physically, but emotionally as well. Kids don’t want you to get rid of the broken toy the dog chewed last year. They remember how much fun they had playing in the yard with it. This year I explained to my 4-year-old that the toys we donate (not the broken or chewed ones) will bring as much joy to another little kid as it did with him. I also explained why we throw away broken toys (we can make room for more fun and more memories). He grasped the concept and ran with it. He was ready to give toys to everyone. Love that kid! But take it easy for those family members who need a slower pace.
3. Set small decluttering goals and achieve them.
I don’t know about you but the more I achieve the more I want to achieve. Last weekend I told myself I want to get all of the stored baby toys down to 1 storage bin. That meant really going through everything that had just been thrown in the bins before. It also meant making decisions about what stayed and what was donated. With everything organized I was even able to put everything in a smaller container and I was ready for my next goal.
4. Make Your Bed Every Day
This doesn’t always happen in the morning for me. The hubs laughs at me when I make the bed right before crawling back into it. But if you clear off your bed and make it in the morning that’s one less cluttered space in your room. You can now move on to the next thing…like tackling the closet.
5. Make your own system work for you.
I love to talk about organizing systems. I love to read about them. I love to search them on Facebook. But you won’t stick to one system unless you make it your own. Try a little bit of this and a little bit of that until you have a system that really shines. And allow yourself to change your system over time. Once you have a space decluttered it’s good to have a few organizing products on hand (you can find the link to my favorite above). One system I have studied and incorporated into my own system is the one outlined in “Get Rid of It.” It’s so simple and outlines small daily tasks. Check it out!
Above all else, be forgiving. Forgive yourself, forgive your family. We’re not perfect and for heaven’s sake my home is lived in. Do I get frustrated when the kitchen is a mess or my kids spill their cereal for the third time that day? Yes! But I need to remember that they are spilling it in our home. I am so blessed to get to stay home with them. Preaching to the choir here!