3 steps to a de-cluttered house à la Marie Kondo

Declutter tips

Now that Labor Day is past, fall is creeping toward us. It’s time to put away the beach towels, stash the pool toys, and start shuffling out the autumn sweaters. The only problem is, you’re paralyzed and can’t make the first step towards the transition because there is too much clutter in your life. It’s time to channel your inner Marie Kondo, roll up your sleeves and get started! Here are three easy tips to beginning to declutter your home so that you can get your house ready for fall:

1. Everything has a place.  

Hit the pause button in your life and look around. There’s probably piles upon piles of mail, papers, bills, receipts lingering in your kitchen. When you peek around the corner, you might see piles of clothes, jackets, shoes littering the living room, scattered throughout your home. The bags you dragged in from shopping are right by the front door. Before you do anything, head to the part of the house that you spend the most time in and start there. Decide where things belong, and put them in that place. Whenever you use something, always put it back in its place.

2. Don’t do it all at once

If memory serves, this directly contradicts Marie Kondo’s advice, but in my experience, it’s much more realistic to do a little bit every day rather than set aside an entire day or weekend to devote to decluttering. Start with the spaces that you most often use, and get those up to speed. Then gradually fan out to the surrounding areas to rein in the clutter. A little decluttering every day keeps the hoarder away.

3. You can’t take it with you

Stop being sentimental about all your stuff. You do not need to hang onto every restaurant receipt from your last ill-fated relationship, nor keep holding on to clothes you had ten years ago. When you die, you can’t take it with you, and your life will be better off in a clean, uncluttered state. Heaps of clothes you haven’t worn in years? Donate them. Mementos from old relationships? Toss! Narrow down the things you surround yourself with to just those that you absolutely need. If you’re reluctant to throw things away, put them in a box in the back of the closet and set yourself a reminder for six months. If you haven’t opened the box to get anything, donate the whole thing to your local charity shop.

We hope these three ideas get you energized to clean up your home and prepare for fall. How else can you make room for your colorful Halloween and Christmas sweaters if you haven’t cleared space in your closet? Follow the blog to get more tips about keeping your house clean.

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