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If you’ve been around my blog for any length of time, you have probably noticed that I love to simplify everything. One of the biggest areas of my life that I have simplified is the “stuff” in my home and the most major move we ever did to simplify was to actually downsize our home. I’ve written about decluttering with kids (I have four, almost five), organizing small areas of your home, and how to live simply in a complicated world. I have found, especially as a homeschooling mother, that decluttering is not something that can be done just at once. It has to be done in chunks, and you have to be willing to continually remove things that come into your home that you don’t need. If you want to know how to declutter your whole house, check out my five tips.
Choose a time when you can really focus to declutter
Don’t start the decluttering process when you know you won’t have time to thoroughly go through that linen closet or those kitchen cabinets. Set aside time when someone else is helping you with the kids and then get ruthless. I’m currently working my way through the Your Simple Home Handbook by Elsie Callender. I love the way she says, “reevealute every item in your home, –every book, game, sweater, serving platter, blanket, and lipstick that you own.”
Sometimes I need to focus on decluttering and I know that I only have 20 minutes. In that case, I will choose one small area that I can quickly handle and do a mini decluttering session.
For example, yesterday I noticed that the “junk” drawer in my kitchen was overflowing. I didn’t even know what was in it. The baby was napping and I figured I could use her naptime to clear out that drawer and reorganize it. I threw away all the things that were either trash or pointless to keep and then I reorganized what was left. I accomplished a lot on that one space in half an hour and I felt good because I did it!
Click next to see the next step I take when I’m decluttering my whole house!