Avoid Clutter and Overspending

Black Friday Is Here: 5 Tips To Avoid Clutter And Overspending

Each year, millions of Canadians get ready for the most popular and exciting shopping spree: Black Friday. Thanks to news attention and endless streams of advertisements, more people than ever know about Black Friday and are ready to show up to major retailers (or simply refresh their online carts) to get the best deals across all kinds of categories.

The sales and discounts on this day are something that the whole world is looking forward to, which is why it is perfectly normal to feel tempted to do some shopping.

However, if you’re trying to lead a more minimalistic and clutter-free life, this event might leave you wondering: is it possible to make the most out of Black Friday without overspending or going overboard with more stuff? We have a few tips for you:

Tip 1: Set a realistic budget

Black Friday bargains aren’t really good deals if they put you in the red. To avoid financial troubles, take a look at your bank accounts and be realistic about how much you can actually spend. Moreover, remember that you might want to save some of your budget for Cyber Monday. This promotional day centers purely around the internet, and you’ll get a boatload of great deals to browse. So, make sure you don’t blow your budget before Cyber Monday rolls around, or you might miss out on some great deals.

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Tip 2: Make a list of things you need

Before you hit the stores or your favorite e-commerce pages, list the items you need. Doing so will help you avoid bringing future clutter home. If you see something that isn’t on your list but feels too good to pass up, remember that it’s only a deal if it’s something you need, something you know you will use, or something you absolutely love.

Before putting something in the shopping cart, ask yourself: “Do I really need this? Will I use it? When? Do I love it?”.

Tip 3: Focus on quality, not quantity

Clutter happens when we have more stuff than will fit in our home and available storage space. So when retailers use stock-up tactics as part of their Black Friday offerings, understand that you’re likely headed into a clutter trap. Instead of seeking out the buy-more-save-more deals, use Black Friday to invest in quality items you need or would like to gift someone.

Tip 4: Make sure you’re not falling for a marketing trap

People get carried away on Black Friday. They’ll buy anything with a bright discount sticker, but they don’t always get the best deal. In fact, if you do some research you might find that some deals on Black Friday are no better than the normal ones you would find on any day of the week. Do your research ahead of time and make sure you’re not falling for a marketing trap.

Tip 5: And what about skipping Black Friday?

There are many reasons that make us believe we can’t miss Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. But, in reality, we can. So this year, ask yourself why you’re really shopping during Black Friday. If you do not need anything, does it make sense to spend your time and money scouring for the best deals? Shopping can make you feel happy for a while, but it can also bring stress and unnecessary clutter to your life. It’s perfectly okay to take this year off from shopping – and might benefit not only your budget but your well-being, too.

It is easy to fall prey to the excitement of Black Friday. However, if you want to stop clutter from entering your house, you must commit to only buying what you intended and skip the rest – or not buying anything at all. Even though most of us love to get a bargain, events like Black Friday encourage people to buy things they don’t really need and can’t afford. Be mindful of that before hitting the shops!

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How To Declutter Sentimental Items

Decluttering is hard. It’s tough to sort through your stuff, say goodbye to many items, and find new strategies to organize the rest. And if you add some sentimental items to the equation… then your clutter problem gets even more challenging!

Of all the habits that cause people to hold on to clutter, an emotional attachment to items such as souvenirs, gifts, and inherited pieces from loved ones is probably the hardest to beat. But as difficult as it is to give up these items, you shouldn’t allow them to clutter your home. Whether your clutter consists of a house full of furniture, books, gifts, or tiny mementos, one thing’s for sure: it’s essential to get it under control.

Here are some decluttering solutions that will allow you to hold onto your precious memories while still streamlining and organizing the stuff in your house:

Be honest about what’s worth keeping

Gather your sentimental items and start by evaluating them. When doing so, ask yourself: What exactly am I sentimental about? Chances are it’s not the object itself but its association with a place, moment, or person. Remember that you can keep that memory without a physical object to remind you. However, if you truly love the item and have a strong attachment to it, it’s likely worth keeping it.

When in doubt, create a “maybe” box

Chances are, the answers won’t come to you instantly, and some items will be tricky to evaluate. A great way to give yourself time and space when decluttering these sorts of items is to do a trial decluttering. You can do it by creating a “maybe box.”

If you’re hesitating over an object, box it up and put it out of sight. Mark a date in your calendar to come back to the box. If you haven’t needed, wanted, or even thought about the items in that time, it probably means you should let them go.

Find new ways to preserve your sentimental items

Another great way to make sentimental decluttering less of a struggle? Find ways to give new life to old clutter. For example, if you’re holding onto an old piece of furniture – like a dresser – because it’s got too much sentimental value to sell, you can try to transform it into something smaller or with utility. You can, for instance, turn its old drawers into customized shelves. With a little imagination and a new coat of paint, you’ll be surprised to see how easily you can transform something unused into something new, exciting, and just as sentimental as ever.

Give these items to other family members

If you received a family heirloom, don’t feel obligated to keep it. What you consider clutter might be a relative’s treasure. So before you get rid of an item or stash it in storage, ask around to find out whether someone would like to have it. And if you don’t have anyone in the family who wants the items, consider gifting them to a local charity group or organization. It feels better to give sentimental items to someone who really wants them.

Let go of the guilt

Decluttering sentimental items can bring up a variety of feelings. And truth be told, many people often keep items not out of love or nostalgia, but guilt. Guilt is an entirely unhelpful emotion when it comes to decluttering and getting organized. You don’t have to feel guilty when evaluating and decluttering sentimental clutter. Instead, find it empowering to clean your space and prioritize what’s truly important in your life.

In short, when decluttering sentimental items, the goal doesn’t need to be getting rid of everything. It’s ok to keep some important items you feel attached to. The key is finding the balance between keeping the things that mean the most and getting rid of the clutter.

If you find this task too overwhelming, keep in mind that hiring a team of professional organizers might be a good choice. At ClutterBGone, we work with the best experts to help you achieve a clean, organized, and peaceful environment. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you want a customized plan to declutter your sentimental items!

Organized Moms

The Top 6 Organizing Tips For Moms

Feeling constantly tired and overwhelmed is a common problem for moms. Between kids, jobs, housework, and all sorts of errands, the to-do list can seem never-ending. However, with a few changes in your routine, you can save time and energy for the things that matter most. The key is not to get overwhelmed trying to keep up with everything or trying to be perfect. Just adjust your mindset and follow these 6 tips:

Delegate

Stop trying to do it all yourself! One daily habit of organized moms is they know when to delegate. This could mean hiring a cleaning service or offloading a few chores to your kids. Make a chore chart for your kids with simple tasks they can help you with: making their beds, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, etc. At the end of the day, you can even reward with stickers.

Chore Chart

Make a Calendar

The quickest way to get more organized when it comes to housework is to schedule time for specific chores. Put routine tasks on your calendar and on your to-do list to make sure they get done. And this isn’t just for you: your spouse and kids should have their chores scheduled as well.

Prepare School Outfits & Lunch Ahead of Time

Get the whole family into the habit of preparing what you’ll wear and take for lunch the night before. Meal planning alone will save you a lot of time. Spend a few minutes each week figuring out what you will have for lunch/dinner over the next few days, and buy all the ingredients. Knowing what you’ll make and having everything you need will make the process way more relaxed.

Finish Laundry Right Away

Don’t do your laundry and let it sit in the basket saying “I’ll handle it later”. Fold it right away and get the task done. The longer you draw it out, the more you’ll dread it. Get everyone to help – even the kids can sort the socks, fold and put their clothes away.

Plan Your Groceries

Plan a big weekly trip to the supermarket and buy everything ahead. But remember: to make the most of it, you’ll need a menu planning and a shopping list. Moreover, before going to the grocery store, check your fridge and cabinets/pantries. This way you can avoid spending money on repeated items.

Try to Pick Up Everyday

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with your family’s mess, but if you stop thinking of it as a chore and rather something you do as part of your daily routine, it will feel less daunting. You can also involve the whole family in this chore by using, for instance, the basket method. This is a great technique for picking up the random toys and clutter that has accumulated around the house.

Getting organized is the first step to de-stressing a household. However, it is important to note that many families cannot keep up with all the tasks and responsibilities that fall upon them. If you feel like it is too hard to get organized, remember to delegate. If this means hiring a service to help you out, don’t hesitate to do so. Organizing your home is always easier with expertise, support, and coaching from an organizing professional. Get in touch with ClutterBGone, and we’ll help you find the best solutions for your home!

Organizing Tips When Moving

Top Tips To Get Organized Once You’ve Moved

Moving into a new home can be an exciting but stressful time. Yet, it should also be seen as an excellent opportunity to examine all material possessions you own and to declutter. After all, a new home is a blank slate!

And here’s what you need to keep in mind: sometimes, organizing your new home starts while packing up the old one. Purge all those clothes you haven’t worn in years, old kitchenware, paper files, and anything you deem unnecessary for your new life from your packing boxes. Donate books to the local library, give old clothes that don’t fit to charity, or organize a garage sale for friends, family, and neighbors.

And when you have everything organized, here’s what you can do to make moving as painless as possible:

Color Code Your Boxes

Unmarked boxes are only good for guessing games. When moving, it’s paramount to know the contents of your boxes and which part of the house they correspond to. Color-coding your boxes with labels is one of the most effective ways to distinguish one from another and avoid wasting time. You can, for example, assign all boxes marked with yellow tape to the kitchen, all boxes marked with blue tape to the bathrooms, and so on. This way, once your boxes start coming off of the truck, you’ll be able to place them in the correct room straightaway.

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Prepare A “Moving Essential Box”

Having a box with your must-have items for the new house can make unpacking much more comfortable. An essentials box could include anything from documents to toiletries, or just things that you don’t want getting lost in a sea of boxes, like your child’s favorite toy, some kitchen utensils, or the book you’re currently reading. Set this box aside to be packed in your car, not the moving truck, so that you can make sure you have it with you as soon as you move into your new place.

Unpack Room By Room

Yes, we know it: it’s extremely stressful to see dozens of boxes scattered around the house! Our advice to avoid getting lost in the sea of cardboard boxes is to focus on organizing your unpacking room by room. A lot of moving experts agree to start with the kitchen. The sooner you get the kitchen unpacked, the quicker you’ll be able to cook at home and save money on eating out or ordering take-out food. The kitchen is also the foundational building block for your home, which is why it makes sense to unpack it first.

Decorate Your House Later

As you unpack, you’ll start finding decor items with the rest of your things. This will make you feel the urge to put them around the house to see how it looks. Resist the impulse and be patient. Set those items aside and keep unpacking the boxes. This will help you stay focused and also prevent you from making unnecessary holes in your walls.

Set A Schedule

Whether you think it will take a few days, a month, or more, it’s essential to create a timeline with an estimated date when you want to be fully unpacked. Our advice? Plan for about 15 minutes per box of large items and not more than 40 minutes per box of smaller items. Try to stick to it.

Moving isn’t easy. The whole process requires a lot of time and energy, which not everyone has. If that’s your case, the best way to get organized for a move is to get assistance from professional organizers. This is something we can help you with! Learn more about our downsizing, transitions, packing, unpacking & move-in services and don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of experts. We will be delighted to create a customized plan to make moving as smooth and fast as possible for you!

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How Clutter Impacts Our Emotional And Physical Health

Bursting closets, messy drawers, and piles of paper are stacked around the house. This may seem harmless, however, research from Princeton University shows disorganization and clutter can actually have a negative effect on our brains.

As it suggests, constant visual reminders of disorganization drain our cognitive resources, reducing our ability to focus. In the long run, clutter can affect our mood and how we feel about ourselves, adding to our mental and emotional stress. A chronically cluttered home environment can lead to a constant low-grade fight-or-flight response, which also impacts our physical health. That’s why having a clean and decluttered house isn’t just a matter of aesthetics: it’s a matter of health.

How Clutter Affects Our Emotional And Physical Health

Clutter can be a tremendous source of stress and anxiety. Darby Saxbe and Rena Repetti conducted a study in 2009 that found higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol in people whose home environment was cluttered. As they also found, this increase in cortisol frequently triggers physical and psychological changes that affect how we fight viruses and digest food, as well as leaving us at greater risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Another study conducted at Cornell University found that people living in cluttered and untidy environments feel more prompted to eat more snacks, eating twice as many cookies than participants in an organized kitchen environment. Similarly, another study from Florida State University found that people with extremely cluttered homes are 77% more likely to be overweight and suffer from obesity.

In short, many studies have shown us that the clutter in our homes not only makes our homes look bad, but it also makes us feel bad. Messy environments can negatively impact our long-term well-being at all levels.

Clutter and Mental Health

A Vicious Cycle That Must Be Broken

And the worst part about this link is that it is a vicious cycle: anxiety and depression can lead to a cluttered home, and a cluttered home can lead to depression and more anxiety. As people feel worse and stop caring for their personal spaces, the situation can easily get out of hand.

That’s why it is essential to break the spell and regain control.

However, living with stress, anxiety, or depression can sometimes convert this task into something too overwhelming. If you’re feeling swamped by sadness or other negative emotions, and don’t have the energy to clean and declutter, it is always a good idea to seek support, whether from friends, family, or a doctor. Remember that if you suspect that your clutter might be a sign of hoarding, help is available.

And, if you feel like the clutter in your home is causing you a lot of stress and anxiety, hiring a professional organizer might also be a good solution – both for your house and overall health. If you need someone to help you declutter and organize your space so that you can enjoy a clean, clutter-free environment, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. Our team at CluttberBGone will be delighted to help you on this journey!

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How To Declutter Duplicates

Our homes are overflowing with duplicate items. It’s all fueled by the thought that if one is good, then more must be great. But in reality, it’s not. Select any number of items, multiply them by two, and you’ve got twice the amount of stuff. While duplicates of one item may seem harmless, consider for a moment what multiple duplicates will do for a single filing cabinet, closet, or room. That’s a lot of extra stuff to deal with daily, isn’t it?

To start decluttering duplicates, the first thing to do is be as realistic as possible about your needs. How many spatulas do you use at a time? One. And how many pairs of black socks can one actually need? Probably not as many as you currently have. But of course, some duplicates serve a purpose, and the size of your family will determine the right amount of each item to keep. The idea here is to open your mind to thinking about places where you collect too much. Here’s how you can start decluttering those:

Duplicate spatulas in kitchen drawer

Locate your useless duplicates

Think about areas in your home that may be overrun with duplicates. Good candidates for eliminating duplicates include sheets, towels, cleaning supplies, gardening tools, home office supplies, toys, books, and kitchen accessories. Here’s a list that will help you pinpoint duplicates more easily:

  • Kitchen Utensils: spatulas, whisks, spoons, rolling pins, mugs, peelers, measuring cups, storage containers
  • Kitchen Accessories: items that do the same thing, such as rice cookers, slow cookers, and instapots
  • Drawers: pens, pencils, notepads, bag clips, take-out menus, rubber bands, scissors
  • Closets: purses, shoes, jackets, t-shirts, scarves, hats, sandals, flip-flops, heels, boots, sneakers
  • Linens: sheets, blankets, bath and hand towels, beach towels, washcloths
  • Children’s Toys: puzzles, balls, sets of blocks, books, dolls, puppets, stuffed toys
  • Hobby Materials: tools, paints, sticks, brushes, fabrics
  • Sports Equipment: boards, skates, shoes, boots, balls, sticks, bats

Be honest about whether or not one is enough

Many factors play into how many items you should keep, especially those related to your family’s needs and dynamics. Some people keep only one set of sheets per bed. They wash and dry and return to the bed on laundry day. While that’s feasible for some families, it is absolutely impossible for others.

So, as we already mentioned, it is extremely important that you understand your reality before decluttering. To make things easier, you can begin by decluttering more personal items, such as clothes and accessories, and then slowly start dealing with areas/objects that concern the whole family. Just keep in mind that, the less stuff you own, the easier it is to keep things in order.

Do you feel like you’re living under the burden of clutter? Do you trip over things, can’t find what you need, and end up wasting money all because you have too much clutter in your home? One of the easiest things you can do to make quick progress is to think about duplicates. However, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or can’t find the time to begin the process, it’s probably better to hire a professional service to assist you. At CluttlerBGone, we offer you a free telephone consultation so that you can tell us all about your goals for a clean and comfortable environment. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today!

Curb Online Shopping

5 Ways To Curb An Online Shopping Habit

Online shopping is incredible. It’s convenient, quick, and easy, and it doesn’t even require you to get up off the couch – or out of bed! Moreover, entering a card number online became so ridiculously easy that no one thinks twice before clicking on “proceed to payment”.

However, online shopping can be extremely costly when you make unplanned purchases, go over the budget, or buy things you don’t really need or want. Even when you know there are many better ways to spend your time and money, it can still be hard to stop. As a result, you usually end up accumulating unnecessary things, along with guilt and regret. So let’s look at 5 strategies you can use to curb your online shopping habit:

Block the online stores

Scrolling through an online shop might give you a few minutes to unwind, but if you end up buying something you don’t need or can’t afford, it’s probably time to find a better way to relax. Thankfully, there are several apps that can help you, such as StayFocused or LeechBlock, through which you can block specific websites during specific times.

Delete shopping apps

While most shops also have websites, they’re typically not built to cater to the same level of impulsiveness as apps. Therefore, if you have shopping apps on your phone, it’s time to hit the “delete” button! By removing highly engaging shopping apps from your device, you limit the access brands have when it comes to your attention.

Online Shopping Apps

Remove your saved credit cards

Convenience makes us all easy prey to guilty pleasures such as online shopping. And since our devices conveniently store the passwords to our credit cards, buying anything is literally a click or two away. A good idea to avoid this urge is to “forget” your credit card details online. This can be as easy as clearing your cookies and caché or removing your saved credit cards from your browser.

Make yourself wait

Most people make unplanned purchases when they see an item has gone on sale or when something catches their eye while browsing. And while it’s OK to treat yourself once in a while, making frequent unplanned purchases can quickly affect your budget… and add to the clutter! To avoid making hasty decisions, try to implement a mandatory waiting period before you buy something online. You might find that, after as little as 24 hours, you no longer feel the urge to buy that item you wanted so badly!

Understand your urges

It’s helpful to remember that shopping is, quite often, entirely psychological. 90% of the time, we don’t even need the things we buy online. Instead, we make purchases because it makes us instantly happy. Buying something new is a way of distracting ourselves from uncomfortable feelings, and online shopping only amplifies this issue. Our immediate and easy access to online stores means we can make instant purchases and instantly self-soothe. Knowing this, the next time you feel the urge to buy something, pay attention to what is triggering you. Understanding the mental process behind this need can prevent unnecessary purchases.

Online shopping has many perks. It saves the time and hassle of in-person shopping, which is incredibly convenient if you have a busy life. However, many people frequently spend more than they planned, ending up with debts and an unnecessary accumulation of material goods that in no way contributes to a peaceful and clutter-free lifestyle. The trick here is to become more aware of our motivations and intentional with our spending. That is one of the most powerful ways we can create freedom in our lives. The more you remember this, the easier it will be to walk away next time you feel the impulse to “add to cart”.

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Clutter-Free Ideas For A Simple (And Fun) Halloween

For many people, Halloween is the most wonderful time of the year. After all, it comes with a whole lot of fun: scary movies and stories, haunted houses, seasonal sweets, spooky decorations, costume parties, and of course, the mythical night of trick-or-treating. However, with all the costumes, candles, decorations, and trinkets, the clutter situation can get quickly out of hand in our homes. If you’re trying your best to keep a neat, organized, and clutter-free environment, here are a few ideas for enjoying Halloween without making a mess:

Pumpkins and Squashes

Pumpkins and squashes have become a symbol inseparable from Halloween. If you decide to carve a few pumpkins or squashes to make jack-o’-lanterns, you can compost them afterward. No residual clutter! And if you just decorate the outside, you can peel them and make a delicious meal later on. The great thing about these fruits is that they last a long time without rotting. You can use them to decorate your house during the whole month and eat them once Halloween is over.

Paper Decorations That Can Be Recycled

There are so many fun things you can make for Halloween with paper! With only paper, scissors and glue, you can create flying bats, ghosts, skeletons, and all sorts of scary monsters. In addition, this is also a great activity to do with the whole family. After Halloween, you can simply recycle the decorations and forget they ever existed!

Paper Halloween Decor

Door Decoration

Decorating your door is a great way to show off your love for Halloween, without making a mess inside the house. Moreover, with a small amount of effort, your door can transform your house into the talk of the neighborhood! You can wrap your front door with black paper and decorate it with white spider webs, create a cyclops monster by using one big eyeball decal and some colored butcher paper or simply add little paper spiders to it. Fun, inexpensive, and clutter-free!

Costumes Made of “Real Clothes”

Aren’t you tired of cheap-looking costumes from the store that never are worn again? This year, you could try to use costume elements you already have or things you can reuse as regular clothing. And if you really want an authentic look with your costume, you can opt to only purchase a few key accessories that will bring the look together.

… or Borrowed!

As an alternative, you can always borrow from family, friends, or stores. This way, you will save money and keep your house free from clutter. Furthermore, you can also borrow Halloween books, music, and movies from the library to enjoy the festivities without giving up storage space in your home.

 Focus Pocus!

It’s normal to feel tempted to decorate your house and buy all sorts of decorations related to Halloween. But you must stay focused and resist the impulse – especially if you’re embarking on a decluttering journey. Borrowed costumes and media and temporary decor you won’t have to store afterward until next year is key to getting into the mood without spending too much or creating useless clutter.

And if there’s nothing as terrifying for you as the clutter you can’t really seem to manage, don’t forget that our ClutterBGone team is here for you!  We will be delighted to offer you a free telephone consultation so that you can tell us all about your goals for a clean and comfortable environment. Decluttering doesn’t have to be scary!

Home Organizing Mistakes

The Worst Home Organizing Mistakes People Make

You look around your house and everything seems fine. It is fairly clean, and there aren’t teetering piles of clutter scattered around. But is it truly organized? Is it efficient? Can you locate anything you might need quickly and effortlessly? Truth is, some organizing mistakes can reduce the form and function of your spaces, which eventually can lead to great disorder. The benefits of a clean and organized home are outstanding and long-lasting, which is why it’s worth learning how to do it right. In this article, we’ll pinpoint the six top organizing mistakes you might be making.

Avoiding Decluttering

Clutter isn’t just about the stuff. It has more to do with what your belongings represent to you. Items can evoke strong memories and give you comfort, security, and even a sense of identity. That’s why decluttering can become the type of task most people avoid. But as you know, failing to declutter is definitely one of the biggest organizing mistakes you can make. If your closet is overflowing, no amount of containers will create a tidy, organized space. When you have too much stuff for a space, you’ll never succeed. The only solution here is to roll up your sleeves and face that you need to start decluttering.

Forgetting Efficiency

Sometimes, we get so obsessed with the best organizing solutions that we end up making things harder. As tempting as some organizing strategies may seem, you have to ask yourself: are they really useful in my particular situation? For example, a common pitfall to avoid is overfilling spaces and containers. A suitable organizing system is easy to access and has room to grow. To get it right, you should always keep efficiency in mind – and how it relates to everyone in your household.

Confusing Clean With Organized

In our minds, clean and organized generally go together, but in reality, one does not necessarily indicate the other. It’s very possible to have a clean home that’s very cluttered or an organized home that’s actually dirty. So don’t confuse the two and put equal effort into both. Declutter, organize your belongings and clean your home regularly.

Leaving Out The Labels

When it comes to organizing, it’s the little things that matter most! You can have the prettiest bins and baskets in the world, but if they’re not labeled correctly, they’ll just become containers for clutter. That is why labels are key. They can be simple, written by hand on little cards, or printed. In truth, it doesn’t matter what form the labels take. All that matters is that they are made and structured to keep your items adequately classified into categories.

Clean the Junk Drawer

Keeping A Messy Catch-All

We all have that place in our homes where miscellaneous items automatically get thrown. We often call them junk drawers or catch-all. The thing about these places is that they go against the entire organizational system. And although cleaning up the messy closet in the garage is one of those unpleasant home organization tasks we put off for as long as possible, it’s something that should be tackled. If you truly want a tidy storage space that serves your home’s storage needs more effectively, it’s something you should do.

Failing To Maintain

Living an organized life is more than a weekend pantry makeover – it’s making an effort to keep it that way. Although it might seem challenging, maintenance doesn’t have to be that difficult. It can take as little as 10 minutes a day. To make things even easier, you can follow an organized system of simply returning things to their proper places daily. This mindset will make it easier to keep your home organized and neat on a regular basis.

Organizing your home is never a “one and done” activity. It requires constant attention to putting things where they belong, getting rid of what you no longer need, and adapting your methods to maintain a neat, functional, and decluttered space. If you feel like you need some extra help decluttering and organizing any space in your home, don’t hesitate to get in touch with ClutterBGone for a free consultation! We will be delighted to offer you some tailored solutions.

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How To Declutter Your Home When Moving

Let’s cut to the chase: moving into a new house can be very stressful. And, as most people admit, it’s only when you do so that you realize how much stuff you own – and how futile and unnecessary most of it is.

And even if you think your home is not that cluttered, once you start the process, you might be surprised to find that you own a lot more stuff than you ever thought. Chances are, you have a ton of items lying around that you barely remember at all.

Packing your belongings is the most time-consuming and challenging part of the relocation process, and that is why it should always be preceded by decluttering.

Decluttering before moving to a new house allows you to take inventory of everything you own and only keep what you truly need and use. In short, decluttering will save you valuable time, money, and effort. Let us help you make the process easier with a list of things you should purge in each room:

The Kitchen

Expired food, sauce packets, old cookware, broken tools and utensils, cookbooks… In the kitchen area, you need to get rid of anything that is broken, mismatched, surplus, or simply never used. Kitchens are always full of “what if” and “just in case” items, but you should only keep the things you realistically use and need regularly.

decluttering the kitchen

Living Room

Living rooms are shared spaces that collect items from every person in your household. Although it may not seem like it, it is one of the most difficult areas to declutter. Here, you must check for old books, DVDs, VHS, tapes, and cassettes that have surely fallen into oblivion by everyone. Game consoles, DVD players, useless controllers, and magazines should also be reviewed.

The Bathrooms

Similar to what happens with kitchens, bathrooms accumulate items with a shelf life. That’s why you should begin by checking your medicine cabinet, vanity drawers, and under-sink storage. Chances are, you will find a lot of expired medicine in those places, along with old cosmetics and beauty supplies that no longer serve you.

Bedrooms

Here what you need to worry about are the closets and dressers. Get all your clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories out. Anything that no longer fits, you haven’t worn in over a year, or you simply no longer like or want should be donated or sold.

Home Office

If you have a home office, this space is very likely filled with old paperwork, old cellphones, and other electronics gathering dust in a drawer, along with instruction manuals, magazines, broken pens, and all sorts of useless tools. Time to get rid of those!

Other Things To Consider

After going through each room, there’s another subject you need to consider: your current furniture. Will all of it fit in your new home? If you’re downsizing, this question will become vital to your decluttering process. Furniture is bulky and heavy – so be sure to only take what you truly need in this new chapter. And finally, another category that seems to accumulate before you even know it is home decor. This includes holiday decorations, centerpieces, artwork, and all sorts of items that you strategically place in your home to give it a touch of personality. Remember that the pieces you have may not fit or even work in your new space. This is a great opportunity to review everything and discard what you no longer need.

And if you feel like decluttering and organizing your belongings is just too much work, you can always think about hiring a professional service to assist you. At CluttlerBGone, we offer you a free telephone consultation so that you can tell us all about your decluttering goals. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today!