Hosting family or friends this holiday season? 

Looking to start 2022 with a fresh, clean living space?

Image of an organized office.

We have some handy clutter-busting tricks up our sleeves that will help you transform your disorganized space back into the home you originally fell in love with. 

Let’s get started!

  1. Keep flat surfaces clear. This step is CRUCIAL to maintaining an organized home! Countertops, tables, and nightstands seem to be the biggest clutter magnets in our houses. To fix this, avoid storing small items — keys, wallet, mail, papers, and books — on these surfaces, and store larger objects in cabinets, closest, and bins as much as possible. 
  2. Take advantage of hidden storage spaces. When it comes to storage in a small living space, you’ve got to think creatively. You can probably fit more under your bed — and the guest bed — than you think. Closet and pantry doors are also the perfect place for over-the-door organizers. 
  3. Be honest about what you actually NEED to keep. If you haven’t used an item in the last year or it doesn’t hold any special meaning, get rid of it. Whether it’s a piece of clothing, game, or kitchen appliance, there’s no reason to keep items that don’t give you joy. To avoid hoarding, grant yourself only 1 large bin for keepsakes.
  4. Get a second (objective) opinion. Recruit a family member or friend who will give you honest advice and help you decide what’s worth holding on to.
  5. Implement smart storage. From drawers and hooks to baskets and bins, there are countless storage pieces you can use to clear up your living space. Think vertically with wall shelving and clean up your pantry and fridge with clear, airtight food storage containers. 
  6. Give every item a “home.” Once you do this, you (and your family) will be more likely to put things back where they belong.
  7. Label storage container. It’s challenging to remember where everything belongs. Labels make it easier (especially for young children). 
  8. Designate a specific space for clutter. A certain amount of clutter is hard to avoid. But instead of leaving items on the table or countertop, choose a closet, shelf, or drawer that will provide a temporary home for any miscellaneous items.
  9. Create a catch-all clutter station near the door. You’ll need a place for your keys, wallet, coat, shoes, hat, umbrella, and...of course...the mail. 
  10. Capture before and after photos. Not only will you wonder at the amazing decluttering work you’ve done, but you will have a way to remember what the space should look like when it feels cluttered again. Just try to replicate the photo.
  11. Pick furniture that conceals the clutter. Think smart AND stylish with 2-in-1 furniture pieces, such as sofas and ottomans with blanket or board game storage and bed frames with drawers.
  12. Don’t forget to consider room flow. As you rearrange the furniture and storage pieces in your home, try to keep a distance of 3 feet between each furniture item.
  13. Look at the space through the eyes of your guests. After you’ve been living in the clutter for too long, your eyes may glaze over parts of the mess. If you were seeing your home for the first time, where would you want to sit or stand? What spaces might make you feel claustrophobic or cramped?Woman going crazy because of her disorganized home.
  14. Set small goals for yourself. Create mini goals that are specific and attainable. It’s the best way to set yourself up for success. Whether your goal is to clear out 1 room or 1 drawer in 1 week, breaking up your decluttering work into smaller tasks — and rewarding yourself — will help you avoid burnout and procrastination.
  15. Create a “donate” pile. What better way to celebrate the holidays than to donate your unwanted clothing and items to the people who need it. Whether you give to Goodwill or charities like a women’s or homeless shelter, there are numerous ways to give to your local neighbors in the Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach communities. 
  16. Build a better organization plan. To keep clutter from building up again and again, try buying only the essential food and supplies you need for each week. 
  17. Develop a 1-in-1-out rule. To prevent clutter build-up, simply keep fewer items in your home. Any time you purchase a new item, find an object of similar size to toss or donate.

If you follow these 17 home decluttering tips, your house will be ready for holiday celebrations and the New Year in no time!

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