Declutter Your Living Space

Posted by on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018 at 2:59pm

According to the source Becoming Minimalist The average person will spend a total of 3680 hours, or 153 days of their life, searching for misplaced items. Whether you are moving or just want to save time and space there is an easy five bin approach that may simplify your living environment.

The 5 Bin approach

Bin 1: Items that need to be put away. Place items that belong somewhere else in the home in this bin. Your intention should be once you have finished the area you are clearing you will put the items in the bin in their dedicated spots.

Bin 2: Items to be fixed. Place items that you plan to fix or that need to be washed or cleaned(toys, dirty clothes, or scuffed shoes)

Bin 3: Items to donate. items in this bin are in good condition, but you no longer need or use them. 

Bin 4: Items to be recycled. This is where you'll place items made of paper, plastic or glass that you don't want to keep.(magazines, newspapers)

Bin 5: Items to discard. Place expendable items in this bin that you can't recycle or donate.

When it comes to sentimental items (memory or sentimental feeling attached) decide if it's worth keeping. (If you use or enjoy the item),  choose a few items that remind you of a loved one. (if you've inherited many heirlooms, see if other members of your family would like some & donate the rest) keep in mind; you can get rid of an item without getting rid of the memory. (take a photo of the item to place in a journal or scrapbook and write why it means so much to you.)

Organization tips for each room of the house

Kitchen- The kitchen is the hub of hub of the home, and it tends to collect the most clutter from tother parts of the house. Start clearing one area of the kitchen at a time, beginning with storage spaces, including the pantry, cupboards, and drawers. In the pantry: Throw away stale or expired items and donate canned goods that you know will go uneaten but are still edible. In the cupboards: Remove chipped dishware, as well as utensils, pots, pans and bakeware that are damaged beyond repair. Keep kitchen clutter free: Put items where they belong and leave a small bin to collect items that don't belong there.

Living room-Too much clutter makes it difficult to relax. The mantra for this room is, "A place for everything; everything in its place." Create easily accessible permanent storage space for items you use most often, such as the remote control. Fold throws and place in a decorative basket within reach of the sofa. Sort through your electronics to determine what works and if you still use it. Store your frequently used electronics where you tend to use them. Recycle back issues of magazines and newspapers you've already read. Donate books you don't want to keep and categorize the others in your library.

Bedrooms- In the bedroom, clutter seems to centre around storage areas, such as closets, drawers, and nightstands. Clear out dressers, wardrobes, and closets by removing non-seasonal clothing you haven't worn in more than six months and items that no longer fit. Sell or donate pieces that are still in good condition. Organize your drawers by function: undergarments, activewear, t-shirts etc. Depending on your bedroom, purchase a hanging storage unit or floor shelf for shoes. Separate anything that should go to the cleaner or a tailor. Remove items from nightstand and place items that belong elsewhere in bin#1

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