Whether you’re moving to a new home, or you’re staying in your current home for now, it’s important to declutter and organize (even if just for some sanity). Check out a list of a few simple ways to do this! Â
- Start with decluttering! You may be tempted to organize everything before you go through it and get rid of things, but don’t. Yes, it may look better in a bin or on a new shelf, but why buy organizing tubs and bins for stuff you’re going to get rid of anyway? Go from room to room in your house and get rid of things you don’t want, need or use. That blender you bought (thinking you’d make more protein shakes), but have never used? Get rid of it! Those clothes you’ve been keeping thinking you’ll wear them one day? Add them to the pile! That bright yellow dresser that you bought in hopes of recreating that Pinterest DIY project andÂ has now been sitting in your garage for 3 years? Give it up! If you haven’t touched it yet, when will you?
- Make a pile of all the things you’re getting ride of and take it to Goodwill. Take them as soon as you can! The sooner you take it, the sooner it’s not cluttering your house, and the less likely you’ll be to go back through the pile. Taking all your crap to Goodwill not only frees up space in your home, but it can also count as a tax write-off! That will be a nice surprise next April!Â
- Start organizing. Now, you can start organizing all the stuff you have, now that you know you’ll use it all. Try and put it all inÂ spots that are convenient and functional. You don’t want things to be difficult to put away or inconvenient. Just because you put cute hooks in the bathroom for all the pool towels, doesn’t mean they’ll make it from the back door to the bathroom every time. It’s nice to pretend you’ll put everything away every time, but if it takes too much time and effort, it won’t happen and things will go back to how they used to be. Instead, maybe put those cute hooks by the back door. Overall, just make sure everything hasÂ a place to go.Â
- Train yourself and your family to put things away. Once you give everything a place to go, make sure you and your family put everything in their new homes. Those poolÂ towels may have gotten thrown on the ground or kitchen chairs in the past, but now train yourself and your family to put them on those hooks you just put up by the door.Â
- Spruce up your now clean space! Maybe paint your front door and add a new doorÂ mat to welcome your family and friendsÂ to your home. Get a new, bright lamp to add the the family room to shine light on all your hard work. Maybe add some fresh flowers to the counter or coffee table to add some life and color to your home. (Click here to see my list of summer home improvements.)
- Continue this process. Unfortunately your work won’t last forever; it’s something you’re going to have to keep on top of. Every once in a while you’ll want to go back through and declutter and reorganize. Yes, it’s a never-ending process, but it’s not always as big or overwhelming as the first time. If you keep on top of it, it can be rather simple and your home can keep that nice, clean feeling.
Best part of doing this? Whenever you’re ready to move, there’s less stuff for you to go through and get rid of! If you declutter and organize your home now, it makes your life easier later! I’d say that’s a win, win!Â
When you are ready to make the move, give me a call and we’ll get great buyers in your home and find you that home you’ve been dreaming about. 480-329-7489
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