Whether you decide to clean your home or downsize, decluttering an entire home requires time and effort. The best way to tackle cleaning is in stages, focusing on one room, one space, or even one zone within a room and completing the job before moving on to the next space.
You can use different labeled bins, baskets, or even just cardboard boxes to put away items, recycle, fix, trash, or donate.
At Johnston Casuals, we put together ideas on how to use these bins while decluttering each room in your home.
How to Declutter Room by Room
1. The Bedroom
First thing’s first, make your bed. It’s going to be a hard process decluttering a bedroom with an unmade bed. Next, remove anything on your nightstands that doesn’t belong there and put it in your “Put Away” bin.
This may include books you’ve already finished reading, broken eyeglasses, pens and paper, and mail. Throw out or recycle anything that you no longer use, such as empty tissue boxes, dried-out pens, or chargers that no longer work.
Do the same with the tops of your dressers, chests, and desk. Collect anything that needs folding or hanging and place it in the “Put Away” bin. Go through your drawers and take everything out. Pull out anything that is no longer worn and put it in your “Donation box.
Fold and store everything you’re keeping. Return items to their proper places and continue to the next room. It’s incredible how much better you’ll feel for decluttering your room.
2. The Bathroom
Start with your medicine cabinet by taking everything out and discard outdated medications, makeup, and skincare products. Put everything you’re keeping back into the cabinet, storing the items you use most often at eye level and organized.
Next, move onto the cabinet drawers. Remove everything, decide what you’re keeping and why you’re tossing. Put the items you’re going to keep back into their drawers, with the items you use most often in the top drawer.
Do the same thing with your shower/tub. Then pull everything out from below your bathroom sink and declutter the items there. Lastly, everything that did not have a home can be quickly sorted into bins such as put away, recycle, fix, trash, or donate.
3. Closet and Clothing
Now, it’s time to tackle your closet. The easiest way to declutter a closet is to first declutter your clothing by type. Start with organizing your shoes, then dresses, jeans, and shirts. It’s much easier to decide to toss or keep something if you’re looking at your entire clothing collection at once.
So start pulling out different types of clothing and decide what you’ll toss and keep. Once you’ve gone through each type of clothing you will have four piles to handle:
- Put away things that were simply in the wrong spot.
- Put any dirty laundry into the hamper or bring it to the laundry room.
- Anything that needs to be repaired should go to the tailor or dry cleaner.
- Donations and consignments go to a donation center or a consignment store.
4. The Entryways, Mudroom, and Foyer
You may not have a mudroom or foyer, but you have an entryway. No matter how small it is, the best way to make an entryway clean is to declutter it regularly. Start with any desk, console, or side tables you have in your entry.
Go through each drawer and over the tops of each desk or console, removing the contents, and make a quick decision to toss or keep each item.
Make sure everything is accessible and not too crowded. This will make it easier to leave the house with what you need each morning. The entry is another area that picks up a lot of clutter from other rooms. Spend time putting away things from other rooms that have made their way to the entry.
5. The Kitchen
Keeping your kitchen clutter-free is a challenge because so many different activities occur there, such as cooking, eating, and socializing. As a result, the kitchen has many different types of storage for items.
Focus on one category of items at a time when you decide to declutter your kitchen. The first step is to empty each space, assess each item, and put everything back where it belongs.
Start with your storage spaces, such as the pantry and upper cabinets. Then move onto the lower cabinets, drawers, and the space under the sink. Clean and organize your countertops. Keep only what you use every single day on the countertops. Finally, take your “Put Away” bin and return anything that doesn’t belong in the kitchen to its rightful storage space elsewhere in the house.
6. The Living Room
The living room is one of the hardest rooms in your home to keep clean. It gets a lot of use, and living rooms don’t usually offer a lot of storage features.
You should decide on permanent storage spaces for commonly used items such as remote controls, magazines, and books. Regularly declutter this space by starting with bookcases, consoles, and side tables.
Then move on to your coffee table and entertainment center. Empty them, assess the items they store, and then return them to their proper storage spaces. Store items like chargers, gadgets, and gaming equipment near the places where you use them most often.
7. Consider Getting Rid of Old Furniture
Many of us have seen excerpts of Marie Kondo, or at least have an idea of her premise on clutter. Ask yourself, Does this bring me joy? After you’ve decluttered, it’s easier to look around and choose what you truly want to have surrounding you.
If you have spent years with the same old objects, consider selling or giving away those pieces and replacing them with something fresh, new, beautiful, and functional..
The team at Johnston Casuals is here to help you choose new pieces for your home. We have been making hand-crafted furniture in America for over three decades.
Our permanent factory is located in the foothills of western North Carolina, and we ship all over the United States and around the world.
Contact us for more information about the highest-quality furniture made in the beautiful Carolinas.