Decluttering Your Home

March 20 is the first official day of spring, which means it is time to give your home a deep spring cleaning! If your home has developed a lot of clutter it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. So here are some tips to help you declutter your home. Focus on one room (or even one zone within a room) at a time. Complete each job fully before moving on to the next space.

Bathrooms: Start by discarding outdated medications, makeup, and skincare products. If you’re holding onto a product that only has a little bit left, give yourself a month to use it – if you don’t, throw it away.

Bedrooms and Closets:  One of the most common culprits for clutter is laundry. Make sure your laundry baskets are easy to access so you won’t be tempted to leave dirty socks on the floor, and establish a spot to neatly store clothes that you intend to wear again. Kids’ toys can be kept in baskets, toy chests or even shelves in the bedroom. If you find yourself running out of space for toys, it’s probably time to donate.

Kitchen: Go through the dishware, glassware, cookware, and cooking utensils from your drawers, cabinets, and kitchen countertop. Determine which items you actually need and use regularly, and donate anything you haven’t used in a year or two.

Living Room: Empty the bookcases, side tables, entertainment centers, etc. and then return the contents to their proper storage spaces. Remove everything that is not connected to your television or home theater system and discard any remotes or cables that are no longer used.

Consider donating any gently-used items to our readers’ recommended charitable and community organizations:

Christ’s Haven For Children, Women and Children’s Shelter Keller, The Chosen Ones, Community Storehouse of Keller, Second Glance, Stepping Stones Foundation, Mission Arlington, St. Jude

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