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5 STEPS TO DECLUTTERING

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5 STEPS TO DECLUTTER

Follow these 5 steps to decluttering and you will declutter your home without realizing it! Just a few simple steps (5 simple steps to be exact!) to simplify the process that is adapted to all of your home no matter the room!

During this time of year, we usually start our Spring cleaning, so why not do the spring cleaning but adapt it to decluttering too? Well if you follow these 5 simple steps you will be doing just that!

So turn on your radio or play your favourite music and let’s get started!

Decluttering Steps:

STEP 1

Step one of the decluttering is actually not what you would think. It is to take everything out of the drawers, cupboards, boxes or whatever else you have in that room so that you can see everything you have. But when you start to take things out I want you to put them in groups of like items or if very small groups you may go further to group related items together.

Example is to put your pyjamas and underwear together.

STEP 2

This is my favourite step as I get to clean everything now that the drawers and shelves and everything is empty, and if you are like me I love to use Dettol as I feel it is the only thing that will kill all the germs.

Bring in the vacuum cleaner to make sure you get into all the nooks and crannies! Then use a duster or microfiber cloth to clean all surfaces. I like to use a microfiber cloth like this one and soak it in Dettol, diluted of course, and wipe all the surfaces down with that.

I also make sure that the windows in the room are open to get that fresh air into the room and then we go to the next step.

 

step 3

Purging is the next step and I can tell you from not this may be the hardest step of all! You need to get real with yourself here. First you should get rid of things that have expired which is the easiest thing to throw away. Then you should tackle the rest of your stuff by asking yourself a few simple questions like these:

  1. How long ago did I use this or wear this?
  2. Will I need it in the next 6 to 12 months?
  3. In case I need to re-buy this would it cost me a lot?
  4. If I kept it now and didn’t use it or wear it in the next 6 months would I then be willing to purge it?

Now if your answers are:

  1. Over a year ago
  2. No
  3. No
  4. Yes

Then get rid of it now!

Otherwise if your answers vary then I suggest you think about it and base it on your answers weather to keep it or purge it! I find myself the more I let go of the better I feel and the less clutter remains for me to continuously keep and maintain organized and clean.

STEP 4

Organization is key! This is where you organize what is left back into the closets, drawers, shelf’s or wherever you need it to be. Now I have this as a separate step as this is where you decide where to put everything. You do not need to put things back to the same places that they were before.

I have moved my underwear and pyjamas around so many times to finally figure out where they are best placed in my bedroom. This was also after really noticing my daily routines and I found that I needed to change the placement of these pieces to be more efficient in the morning when I had less time! So this just goes to show you that you should experiment and observe your placement of where to put your belongings in a room.

Once everything is back in its place you are done! Wait what? You said 5 steps, what happened to the fifth?

My 5 step is actually a curve-ball! Keep reading to see what it is!

STEP 5

Here is my bonus tip or bonus step(my curve ball!)! I want you to go back to every draw, shelf, cupboard, wardrobe and room. Open everything up and double check to see if you regret not getting rid of something else. If you find that you do, then take that item out!

Now if you are still uncertain of some items, then take them out anyway and with these items I want you to place them in a box. Don’t write anything on the box and make sure it is not a see through kinda box either. Place the items in there and if within 6 months you do not need something from in there then you get rid of the box as is! I like to write the date that I fill up the box so I know when to get rid of it!

Congrats!

Now I want you to pat yourself on the back and go celebrate for doing such a great job!

5 Simple steps are all you need to declutter any space in your home!

Do you have any questions? Pop them down in the comments or send us a message!

No questions but would like to chat? I am always here and love to chat with you!

Looking for more on decluttering read more on my article on decluttering my home office here or have a look at ‘How to declutter your bathroom for good’ by The Mindful Mom Bloggrapher!

Hi there! I’m D and I love coffee, travelling, daydreaming, organising, dancing, crafting and basically sharing with everyone I know,  everything I know!

I created ‘Live Dream Create – D’ to share my passions with all of you!

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13 Comments

  1. Nicole Kauffman

    I’ve finally started to truly declutter – it’s hard! These steps are super helpful, thanks for sharing! Love your last tip by the way!

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    • Dimitra Georgiou

      Thank you Nicole. Let me know how you get along with you decluttering journey.

      D, xo

      Reply
  2. Kelly

    My boyfriend recently suggested tip #5 to his mom as she moved and downsized. He’s the declutterer around here – I have a harder time getting rid of things!

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    • Dimitra Georgiou

      I love this! Thank you for sharing. It does get easier with time, that’s for sure. Stick with it and once you start to see the difference you will like it. Now have in mind that we are all different and something that I might part with, you will not. That’s ok. It is all about finding a balance where we all feel less stressed from the amount of stuff we have. This is what you should have in mind when getting rid of anything.

      D, xo

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  3. Cassie

    Love all these tips — especially your strategy for figuring out what to donate or get rid of. That’s the part I struggle most with! And I’m not even that sentimental. 😅 Thanks for sharing! I’m going to start implementing your tips asap. 🙌

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  4. Sarah Althouse

    Great tips. I declutter about once a season and the good news is, I have less and less to get rid of since I’m buying less too!

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    • Dimitra Georgiou

      I know what you mean Sarah. It gets easier to stay focused on what you need to buy and also what to get rid of. I find that the less I have to manage the easier it is to maintain a cleaner and organised house. Keep doing what your doing hun!

      D, xo

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  5. Jenny

    This a wonderful step by step guide to decluttering! I especially love your idea of dating and hiding a box of items you are unsure of! This takes some of the pressure off of “but what if I need this again!”.

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    • Dimitra Georgiou

      Yes, you are totally right Jenny. It will actually surprise you as to what you do need to get rid of and what to keep. Give it a try and let me know how you go.

      D, xo

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  6. Alyssa Hixenbaugh

    I need to follow your tips and do some purging! My closets are in dire need. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Dimitra Georgiou

      You are very welcome Alyssa

      D, xo

      Reply
  7. Linda

    I especially love step 5! I’m a prolific declutterer, but my son has taken after my husband, so it’s always an uphill battle around here. If I could get them to try step 5, that would go a long way to ridding ourselves of unnecessary stuff. Thanks for the tips!

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    • Dimitra Georgiou

      Thank you Linda. I find that step 5 helps us realise just how much stuff we really do not need or use. Tell your husband and son to try it out as a family. So get a box and the 3 of you place items in it together. This way they don’t feel like they are being pressured but that the whole family is doing this to see what the outcome will be.

      Good luck
      D, xo

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