Everyone wants to get organised. But how? Yes, we all love to walk in to a spic and span home, where the cushions are in place, not a speck of dust visible anywhere, no clothes strewn on the floor and no messy walls are seen! That is my dream home and let me be honest here, cleaning the home generally takes a back-seat because I have no patience to straighten that cushion 3 dozen times in a day, keep those shoes in the racks multiple times or pick up those clothes four times a day.
It is important to declutter your home not just during the festive season, but all year around so that you feel the positive energies at home. Be a minimalist and stock what is just required that you have an organized home.
When I am decluttering the home, I make two piles of the things I have discarded. One is the pile that I can give away to someone who can use the things and the other pile is that can’t be used. Most of the usable things are given to the cleaning staff that comes to clean our society or are given away to the needy. So now that you are set to clean your home,let’s go on a mission to declutter and get an organized home.
It keeps you sane and doesn’t tire you. Start with the room that is bound to take you more time. In my case, it is the kid’s room! So I start with making piles first. Clothes that don’t fit, linen I won’t use, colouring books that are full, toys that are broken or not used any more.
Look at the pots and pans. Do you need them all? When we picked up some electronic equipment’s the last year, we got a few free gifts that included two sets of microwave utensils, two rice cookers and some other things. I kept just one of the rice cookers and gave away the rest because I know I will not use it. Organize your spice rack and take a stock of all that you have so that you do not add up to the inventory. And no, you do not need those empty jam bottles to store anything!
Do you really need those lovely cushions you spotted in that fancy furnishing showroom? Get rid of those extra cushions and have the curtains dry cleaned so that they look as good as new and you do not need to buy new stuff! Dust all the pics you may have put up on the wall and the curios and other artefacts that are in your living room. Interested in some more change? Re-arrange the furniture if you want for a new look.
Look up the products you have. Do you need all of them? As a blogger I am sometimes sent products by companies who already have my address. Sometimes they are products I want to use and sometimes they are products I will never use. I offer them to friends who may want to use it and the others are discarded.
My tip: Lessen the options and buy only what you need. Buy smaller sized products so that you can try new stuff!
Since I am a work from home mom, I have my dedicated workspace. Everything ranging from photography to taking notes is done here. I have a compact desk, but sometimes managing it becomes difficult. It gets cluttered with pens and papers, paper mails that I am yet to read, a pile of bills that need to be filed! Get the gist? Let’s not even get to the drawer. The piles of stuff in it tends to hide thing s and you end up buying that extra note pad or the post it that you had no idea was tucked in some corner.
My tip : Go paperless ,so that you receive you bank and other statements via e-mail and not physically. This way you are also saving paper.
If you stock things in your balcony, take them all out and wash the area with water. I have plants in my balcony and it but natural for water to leak out of the pots when they are watered. Have this area cleaned thoroughly with water and re-arrange the plants.
Getting your house de-cluttered with just these minimal rooms is bound to take you at least a week, so with the festivities two weeks away, plan your cleaning schedule now to have a beautiful and a clean home. And yes, once you stick this schedule all through the year, you will always have a clean home!
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I like to De-clutter my home, as this is the key of my beautiful home. In every weekend, I used to clean my home and I am glad to have your tips. Thank you for such fabulous post.
Welcome Evelyn! I am so glad that you stopped by!
🙂 Guess, Decluttering is on everyone’s minds. My last post is on this too – http://aspoonfullofideas.com/blog/d-is-for-diwali-d-is-for-declutter/ 🙂 But, I have written it more like a personal voice on mind, matter, life decluttering. Thanks for this post. I am glad that you have showed me a simple breakdown of how to start with the matter part.
Yes I know 🙂 I read it, Loved your post as well!
Corinne rodrigues says
The amount of just-in-case we collect!
I was planning a de-cluttering series soon and will certainly link to your post, Prats. Love the presentation of it. 🙂
Tell me the about just-in-case things! Me thinks, it has to do with the fauji upbringings and the number of things we had at home 😛 Thank you so much, that is very nice of you Corinne. Let me know when you make the posts, I’ll link your posts too!
wonderful blog – even better post! organizationg and decluttering is a monster that a lot of people dont want to deal with – breaking it down in manageable chunks is the key i think.
will check out your other posts.
stop by Aalayam (our blog) – some time. we have diwali feature up right now!
Thank you for stopping by! Will surely drop by your blog soon!
Nice post . Thanks for the pointer. which reminds me I need to get on with my own cleaning/sorting/de-cluttering.
I have started. Down with the two bedrooms only! Need to work on the kitchen this weekend. I am amazed at the pile of stuff that gets discarded!
Ray S says
very helpful. maintenance is very important and should be an essential part of our day-to-day life.