As if decluttering isn’t already tricky when living alone, you may be dreading the process as a parent. You’ll have to worry about your room, your children’s rooms, the kitchen, the bathroom, and much more. Thinking about the entire workload may even make you feel discouraged.
However, you can get rid of all the clutter in your home if you have a plan. Think of it as a step-by-step process rather than getting everything done at one go. Ready to bring sanity back to your home? Let’s get started.
1. Declutter With Specific Goals In Mind
The decluttering process begins even before you start sorting through your closet or cleaning your fridge. You should have specific and realistic goals in mind when decluttering the home. For example, you may wish to create more space in your kitchen cabinets, or to keep your kids more organized before school starts.
Have your desired goals in mind and let them guide your decluttering project.
2. Get Ready For The Job With The Right Tools
If your home is turning into an endless pile of stuff, there may be hidden dangers lying within. For example, you should watch out for any sharp items, spilling liquids, and heavy objects that may end up injuring you while working.
It’s a good idea to purchase a pair of heavy-duty gloves and make sure you wear closed-toe shoes. You should also wear durable pants that may prevent minor injuries from holding you back. If the area you’re working on is particularly dirty, a facemask may help you avoid allergic reactions from dust and debris.
3. Start In The Kitchen
If you have young children, consider starting the decluttering process in your kitchen. The kitchen is one of the busiest parts of your home, and keeping it clean will give you lots of relief moving forward. Tackle your cabinets first, and make sure you throw out all unused spices, ingredients, and condiments. The remaining items should be placed in labeled containers and organized from shelf to shelf.
Another good idea is to label and match your Tupperware. All lids should have a matching bottom, and any misplaced components can be thrown out. Also, consider purchasing holding containers that can be used to keep your Tupperware organized after decluttering.
Next is your refrigerator. If you have a hard time finding anything inside this cooling unit, start by throwing out any food that isn’t fresh or isn’t used regularly. Designate areas of the fridge for condiments, leftovers, perishables, and cooking ingredients.
4. Determine What To Keep And What To Get Rid Of
As you move to other areas of the home, develop criteria for determining what you need and what can be removed from the house. Consider having a “keep,” a “maybe,” and a “throw away” pile. As you begin sorting, place each item in its relevant pile and come back later to make a final decision. This is an excellent approach for your closet, garage, and living room.
In the case of your closet, start by grouping each item according to its type. For example, have all your shirts, pants, socks, and jackets in one pile before sorting them according to what you wish to keep.
5. Have Your Kids Organize Their Rooms
As a parent, you have an advantage over other people who are decluttering their homes. You should encourage your kids to get involved in the process by restoring sanity to their rooms. Help your child develop a decluttering strategy and have them remove unused toys, clothes, and books from their bedroom space.
You should also encourage children to help you declutter the rest of the home- and to take some of the work off your hands. If your kids are on board, you’ll move much faster and achieve your decluttering goals.
6. Don’t Forget The Bathroom
Family bathrooms can quickly accumulate empty containers, toothpaste, and old toothbrushes. These items are not only an eyesore, but they can also make your bathroom unsanitary for children. Make sure you throw away all empty containers, gels, and other grooming products that aren’t being used.
Label all toothbrushes to avoid confusion, and don’t forget to organize the medicine cabinet (and other cabinets inside the bathroom). With a decluttered bathroom, regular cleaning will become much more manageable.