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Decluttering Jobs To Get You Organized

We start the new year
with high hopes
of weight loss or
eliminating unhealthy habits. At
home, thoughts turn to slimming
down too. Minimalism is trending
now as stuff has overtaken our
homes, making them an unruly
mess. This year, take on small
decluttering jobs that you can
do quickly rather than massive
undertakings. Over the year, it can
result in a pared down home that’s
lighter and more organized.

BATHROOMS
The countertops in bathrooms
are often overflowing. Buy a
stackable countertop organizer
that can corral beauty items.
Better still, borrow an idea from
the kitchen and install pull
out drawers on a free weekend
afternoon. This will enable you
to pull out items, see what’s on
hand, and keep the counters clear
and neat. Edit the shower and
cabinets, tossing out any unused
bathroom items. Even if you paid
good money for the shampoo that
never lathered, you’re not getting
your money’s worth if you’re not
using it. Dump the contents and
recycle the containers.

BEDROOM
Take a cue from hotel rooms,
and work to clear off the tops of
dressers and tables. If you use lots
of nighttime lotions and potions,
put them in a decorative box or
basket that that keeps them neatly
in one place. If shoes are spread
out on the floor, contain them in
a tub that’s tall enough to hold
them, but still slip under the bed.
Work at paring down artwork and
pictures in the bedroom. Opt for a
simpler look to make the bedroom
into a tranquil oasis. Place a box
in the bedroom closet to collect
clothing to donate throughout the
year. Be sure to edit the linen
cabinet, throwing out worn,
mismatched or damaged sheets
and towels.

KITCHEN
Install cabinet door organizers on
the sink cabinets to hold cleaning
products you use every day, like
spray cleaner or dish soap. Add a
small basket inside the organizer
to hold dishwasher detergent tabs.
Place other cleaning items under
the sink that you use less often
in a basket on one side, keeping
the items you use the most, like
trash bags on the other side, rather
than haphazardly putting anything
anywhere. This keeps the sink
cabinet neater.
In the pantry and the
refrigerator, remove any items that
have been haunting the shelves
too long. Specialty gourmet items
you thought you’d use and haven’t
should go in the trash.
Clear out a shelf to put the
toaster and other appliances
inside a cabinet. If you don’t use
it daily, put it away. Throw out
all mismatched items, like plastic
or dinnerware, and donate any
doubles. Make it a point to wipe
down refrigerator shelves each week
before you go grocery shopping.
Your refrigerator will be more
streamlined and cleaner.

RECYCLING CENTER
To encourage getting rid of
things, create a recycling and
donation center at the back door.
Junk mail can be dropped in
easily on the way into the house,
and when you’re in the kitchen,
throwing away plastic or glass
containers is in easy reach. Be
sure to include a bin to hold
items for donation. When you
have a dedicated container for
donations, you’ll use it more
often and it’ll encourage more
decluttering.

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