With kids heading back to school and families getting ready to settle into the rhythms of fall (how is it here already?!), it’s the perfect time to declutter. Even though you probably don’t have the time to dedicate to a whole house declutter, you can make real headway with just 15 minutes. Set a timer, put on an energizing playlist and try one of these fast decluttering mini-projects.
Go through all your food storage containers and throw out any containers that are cracked, melted, or otherwise unusable. Also throw out any lids or containers that don’t have a mate. Check the expiration dates of the condiments sitting in the door of your fridge, and throw that mustard that’s older than your youngest child right in the trash.
Take an inventory of your utensil drawer or holder and get rid of any utensils that are past their prime.
Tackle your shower and get rid of any products that are expired or that you just don’t use. Bathrooms are generally scarce on storage, so you don’t want to waste any of your space storing an unused body scrub you got from your mother-in-law. Next, go through your medicine cabinet and/or makeup bag. Chuck any expired medications and products, and get rid of the stuff you never use.
Have you looked at your laundry room shelves recently? No? Well, there’s probably an old, used up bottle of detergent or fabric softener hanging around up there. No shame, everyone has one. Now’s your chance to get rid of it.
You probably have a table or an area on the counter where you put things after you get home. Go through this area and get rid of any loose papers, old magazines, or random junk. Bonus task: go through the keys laying around to make sure you still need all of them.
With just a few minutes, you can make a big difference in the feel of your home. Finding the motivation to declutter is hard, but once you do it, you’ll feel so much lighter. And when you break decluttering into mini-projects, it makes the task much more manageable and fun.
And of course, decluttering is one of the first steps in getting your home prepped for sale. If you want to get started with the rest of the home selling process, send me an email or call.