Can you believe that an entire decade is coming to a close in less than a month? Is anybody else feeling a tad overwhelmed with the lack of organization going on in their space? Just me?
At the end of every year, I like to make sure that I do a nice cleaning and purging to, not only physically prepare my home for the new year ahead, but to also mentally prepare myself for the exciting things to come. Out with the old, in with the new, right?
Looking around, I feel like there is just so much I need to get done in my home to commemorate the “end of an era” which includes an intense amount of organization. Many of the items I have sitting in my different spaces have been collecting dust and taking up a lot of valuable space.
It’s time for a CLUTTER INTERVENTION!
With so many rooms and areas in my home, where do we start? This is a question that most of us ask ourselves as we scratch our heads, vanquished by the clutter that has silently taken over our home.
Why is decluttering so imperative?
√ Less to clean (who needs more to clean? No thanks!)
√ Less to organize (Oh there’s that item I’ve been searching for since 2012!)
√ Less stress (clutter is nausea-inducing & can really affect our emotions!)
√ Less debt (spending less time shopping for material items & adding to clutter mean fuller bank accounts!)
√ More energy (less debt, less stress, less time cleaning = more energy to focus on bigger & better things!)
Easy Tips & Tools to Help You Declutter Your Home
- Start with 5 minutes at a time. This is easy and a great way to start especially for those that are new to decluttering or feeling overwhelmed. You can slowly build momentum with just 5 minutes a day.
- Focus on the spaces/rooms you’re in most.
Which area/s in that space/room do you find yourself often? Where do you see the clutter? Let’s start there.
Grab three large boxes/bags – one for garbage/recycling, one for DONATIONS and one for true sentimental keepsakes.
Start separating items into each box/bag. Once you’re done that area, stop and smile! You’re done! Rest, enjoy a tea and decide whether you’d like to continue that same day or wait till tomorrow to do another area.
Try to declutter each cluttered area in that space for the week before moving onto another space/room in the home.
- DONATE, DONATE, DONATE. I cannot stress this enough. There are so many people in great need of the items you no longer require. Your clothing closets is where you should focus a lot of energy on. The rule for clothing is this: If you haven’t worn it in the last year – donate it! Make sure you set a date/time to drop off your donations monthly (or even bi-weekly!). Fill an entire trash bag as fast as you can with items you can donate.
- View your home as a guest. I love this! I do this often and it helps a lot! Enter your home as if you’re visiting for the first time and jot down your impressions on the cleanliness and clutter. This will help you to focus on the key areas in your home to tackle first that visitors tend to see more often.
- Get help from a trusted friend or family member. I cannot emphasize this enough. You cannot do this all on your own (trust me, I tried). It takes two (or more) to help you go through your home. It helps when there are things you just don’t want to part with but don’t truly need. If your friend/family doesn’t agree with your reasoning to keep, it’s time to say your goodbyes!
- Buy big storage bins for each room/purpose in your home. These are important as you can easily and safely store all your keepsakes for each room that you’re looking to put away in one place without going crazy trying to find an item, sifting through and opening box after box (only having to re-tape and close them again afterwards). Plus cardboard boxes can get moldy sitting in a potential dark/damp storage space or garage after a while.
- If it’s not yours, say goodbye! It’s bad enough when clutter is your own, but it is insane to think you’re holding onto clutter that belongs to someone else. I have two kids and a spouse that already take up enough clutter as it is — I definitely do not need anyone else’s! Your house should not contain anything that doesn’t belong to you. If it’s something you borrowed – give it back. Ended relationship/divorce? Now’s the time to let your ex’s belongings go. If you’re an empty nester and your kids have established their own households, it’s time for them to have what belongs to them. This is not easy as a mother, I know. Leave the room, come back in and see what you’re really holding on to. Definitely keep the super sentimental/important items you want to hold onto for safe-keeping and happy memory. Rule of thumb: If it serves no real purpose, let it go.
- Invest in tools that help you utilize your space more efficiently!
I’m all about a smart home and there are just so many great tech tools that take up minimal space but create BIG impact — with organization and with your energy and finances!
A few of my favourite tech tools that spark joy include:
1) Tile Pro (2 Pack)
With all that clutter, we can often find ourselves misplacing some important items like our keys or our smartphone. Featuring a 400ft range and Tile’s loudest ring, simply attach Tile to everyday items for a no-fuss way keep to track of your favourite things.
2) Google Nest Hub
I have a million photos waiting to be printed and put into photo albums (who remembers those?). If you’re like me, you like to capture a lot of memories of your family with your device/s but just don’t have the time and space to print and keep all of them.
I love that with the Google Nest Hub, with Google Photos, you can see your best and latest pictures of loved ones automatically. Plus, use your voice to show your photos!
You can also say goodbye to all those recipe books sitting on your kitchen counter (again, less clutter the better!) because with the Google Assistant built-in, you can also control compatible devices from a single dashboard, get recipes, watch YouTube and more.
3) Belkin BOOST↑UP Wireless Charging Pad (10W)
My bedside table top isn’t big enough to accommodate everything I tend to put on top including my lamp, books, or a decor piece or flower arrangements. I also like to charge my device near me for convenience and that pesky charging cord just isn’t cutting it. Aside from not being long enough (seriously Apple why do you do this?), it is an eye sore! I love the sleek look and convenient design and functionality of the Belkin BOOST↑UP Wireless Charging Pad.
4) Belkin Wemo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug
Have you ever rushed out of the house in the morning and while driving realize you potentially may have left your curling iron on? Yikes! With the Wemo Mini Wi-fi Smart Plug, there’s no need to worry. You can turn it off from anywhere with Wemo!
Whether you’re unwinding on the couch or vacationing in the Caribbean, you’ll be able to remotely control your lights and appliances from anywhere in the world. This saves you on stress, energy and your finances!
And focusing on our goal to declutter and be more minimalistic — the Wemo Mini fits into any electrical outlet without obstructing other sockets. That way, you can stack another smart plug or use another device in the same outlet. Plus it’s sleek style allows for it to blend into the background.
Remember: If an item occupies no specific location when not in use, it becomes clutter.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Telus as a Telus_Partner; however, all opinions expressed are entirely those of the author.