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Clutter has been proven to be stressful and stress can cause both physical and mental health issues! Simplify your daily life with this easy to follow list of 100 things to declutter during quarantine!
Note: During this time of social distancing, some donation and recycling centres may be closed so get creative! Arrange porch drop off or pick up to sell items while maintaining social distancing, or store items in your garage until you are able to donate!
Tackle one section at a time or pick one item to do daily in just a few minutes! Print out the task sheet at the end of this post to help keep you on track!!
The closet is a great place to start when you are decluttering. Having a wardrobe full of only pieces you love will save you time and simplify your day! No more hunting through endless piles of clothing only to feel like you have nothing to wear!
Be ruthless!! Take everything out of your closet and put back only those things you LOVE, that you actually WEAR and that FIT!!
IF IT’S NOT AN IMMEDIATE YES, IT’S A NO!
If your house is like ours there are waaay too many toys! There seems to be an endless stream of toys entering it from birthday parties etc.. ! We ended up putting a stop to it by having smaller birthday parties. (The mega parties we are “expected” to throw these days are out of control in my opinion.)
Also, we subscribe to the “ONE IN =ONE OUT” rule. If we buy a new toy now, an old one has to go! Donate gently used toys to a friend with young kids, a family in need, your church, or anywhere that they will be used and appreciated! Let your kids help or get rid of them while they are out of the house ( No judgment here!!).
Say goodbye to:
There’s so much baking and home cooking happening in so many of our homes right now! It’s a great time to get back to basics and clear out your pantry so that you can easily grab what you need! Donate anything that is still edible or extra to your local food bank! They are in desperate need right now! Get rid of the following items and create a pretty and organized space to make cooking fun:
The bathroom is one place where clutter really tends to accumulate! Do a thorough sweep and keep only what you actually use!
Toss the following:
I’m lucky in that both my girls actually like to keep their rooms clean! They have labelled bins for thing like art supplies, toys and electronics and it helps them to stay organized when they know exactly where everything goes! However, they are still kids and their “special things” like slime from friends and super cool rocks tend to accumulate over time. They also grow like weeds and their closets need some attention each season! Purge the following every few months:
Modern technology has made it possible to streamline and go digital with your tech! Tackle that drawer full of old cords, manuals, and your old camcorder!
I love decorating for the seasons and I run this home decor and lifestyle blog so this is a big one for me! Keep your seasonal decor and accessory stash under control! It’s lovely to have a few things to switch out for the seasons, but make sure they are things you really love and will be happy to see year after year! And let the rest go:
Paperwork piles up really quickly so it’s important to have a system in place to deal with it! I organize my papers in a couple of inboxes…TO DO, TO FILE, and TO SHRED! I pay bills immediately to avoid forgetting about them and check my to do pile once a week to make sure I haven’t missed anything!
There really aren’t that many papers that you need to keep…let go of the rest and keep your schedule and finances under control:
If you’ve ever watched a master chef at work, they usually have a few really high quality kitchen tools stored where they are easily accessible! Mimic this in your kitchen and ditch the extra utensils, novelty gadgets and never used food items!
Get rid of these items and make cooking simple and enjoyable again:
This can sometimes be the biggest task! You could probably find 100 things to declutter in this space alone! Storage rooms/ garage spaces etc… can turn into dumping grounds for everything you don’t know what to do with! Haul everything out in a pile on the driveway or floor and only put back what you REALLY want to keep!
Remember when you are looking for things to declutter, focus on one task at a time to keep it manageable. Simplifying is an ongoing process and it takes time. Work at your own pace and have fun! It feels so good to streamline your surroundings. Sell things to make a little extra money or donate them to a charity in need!
I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas for 100 things to declutter during quarantine!! If you need a little more help with actionable steps and instructions check out 7 DAY DECLUTTER.
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