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Time is precious, especially for us mamas. Our days are filled with busy routines and sometimes taking care of our homes is the last thing on the list. I don’t know about you but spending time with my family and completing my to-do list every day is a top priority. This year I decided that I was going to change things a little. As a work-at-home mom sometimes it’s hard to focus when the clutter is constantly staring me in the face.
Have you ever felt that way?
So to make a change, I decided to come up with a quick routine to declutter. With these few simple tips, you can declutter your home in a pinch.
Tips to Declutter Your Home in a Pinch
1. Start small
Don’t overwhelm yourself with the thought of decluttering. Choose one area in your home and start with that first. I started with our bedroom and moved on to other areas. I would suggest starting with a smaller area first and tackling everything in that room. It’ll help you feel accomplished and motivated to keep going.
2. Ask your family to help
Your family isn’t off the hook. Besides, they live there too right? Make a short list or delegate tasks for everyone. While you’re tackling the bedroom, the kids can handle their play area. Not only does this give them something to do but it keeps them busy so that they’re not making mess while you’re trying to get things in order.
3. Make the beds
This may seem silly but something as simple as making the beds every day will instantly change the look of your bedroom. It will make it look less messy. We delegate this task to Tatiana as one of her chores which she earns allowance for. It’s a great incentive for the kids but it also teaches them that keeping a neat space is important too.
4. Use baskets and bins to organize
I love using baskets and bins to stay organized. Storage organizers will allow you to gather everything into one place for easier sorting later. We’ve designated a junk bin and a mail holder in our home. When we’re in a hurry we put things into there until we have time to come back and organize them later. This one is a little tricky though. You have to make sure that you actually go back to the bin to organize it or else it will just lead to another cluttered area in your home.
5. Utilize the four-box method
Have you ever heard of the four-box method? It’s one of my favorites! It’s simple enough that it’s something you can teach your kids to do too. First, start by creating four different piles: keep, toss, donate, relocate/organize. This method will keep you disciplined enough to make a decision about every single item you own. At the end, everything will have a place and there will no longer be random items scattered all around your house. It’ll be easier for you to find things and your kids won’t have a meltdown when they can’t find their favorite toy or crayons when they want to color.
A simple task like dusting can make a huge difference and instantly transform a space.
7. Freshen up with Glade® Atmosphere Collection™ Fine Fragrance Mists
The Atmosphere Collection™ Fine Home Fragrance by Glade® is infused with essential oils, and masterfully crafted fragrances. There are four scents that will help keep your newly decluttered home smelling wonderful. I love the No. 3 Free™ fragrance from Walmart. With a few sprays the notes of white pineapple, citrus and beachside florals instantly makes me feel like I’ve refreshed my entire home. The continuous spray makes it easy to sweep through our entire house.
8. Toss receipts and any unwanted paper
Try to do this daily if you can. If not, designate one space in your home where receipts and paper will go. At the end of the week, sit down and go through the pile. Toss anything that you don’t need to keep. I know how precious your kids artwork is but trust me, you don’t need every single macaroni frame or fingerprint painting. If you feel like you need to hold on to them all, designate a file folder for their pieces.
Do you have any tricks that work when it’s time to declutter your home?