05 February, 2013

Sure Ways To De-Clutter Your Home!

New Year - New Clean Up!
                                      Palatial Living's TOP 5 Stress-Less DeClutter Tips

1. The Scout
If you love that family and friends can rely on you to handle any situation, but your tendency to keep things comes from the anticipation that you might need it someday, you might have a scout's organization personality. So in order to let go, try creating a catch phrase to ask yourself that will help you identify items you no longer use frequently. 
You can also set boundaries before you begin to declutter. Determine how many of the same type of item you should realistically keep, and then make yourself follow those rules.Try asking yourself, "How often am I really using this?" Or, "In what situation will I really need this?" You'll soon start to realize that you'll never need a lot of the items you're holding on to. 

                                                            2. Purge Old Paperwork
Getting rid of old office paperwork is extremely liberating. Tossing random notes and old checklists and files quickly transforms an office into a place where you can think. 
Create a box to hold papers that need shredding as you sort, and then shred them while you watch television to make the time go by quickly. When you've cut through the backlog of papers, start fresh and shred papers immediately after you've sorted the mail.

3. Restful RetreatMake your bedroom a haven by surrounding yourself with things that bring you comfort and peace. Let go of furniture and other objects in the room that take up space without adding value. If space allows, carve out a nook for a reading chair and ottoman or a chaise. You can also layer your bed with blankets that add color and warmth. Install artwork or use paint to customize and brighten your space.

                                                              4.Organize for Your Needs
An organized closet can help set the tone for the day ahead. When you can see everything you own, you can find things faster, get dressed with confidence, and feel ready to tackle the day. When deciding how you should organize a clothes closet, ask yourself the following: How do I look for things? How do I get dressed? How do I put things away? Sort your items into categories based on your responses. To make things even easier to find, try color-coding items within your categories.

                                                          5. Children's - Play Stations
When toysbooks, and dress-ups have proper homes, children can participate in the cleanup process and help keep clutter to a minimum. Consider dividing a bedroom or playroom into activity stations to create clear separation. Make sure children have easy access to items they gravitate to frequently, such as a basket for books. Avoid oversize containers that make it hard for children to find toys, and keep lids to a minimum -- except on items you want to control access to, such as art supplies.

With my first post of the new  year I do this some 5 weeks into the new year - A BIG Hello & Happy New Year to you! After coming back from holidays in wonderful Japan skiing and visiting Tokyo Disneyland I am back into it full mode! Hence my cleaning & de-cluttering post today!
I have gotten through all the washing from the holiday and tackled all Christmas things - away and sorted. Now I am planned to attack the office and the wardrobe!
What about you - what have you de-cluttered in your home recently?
Hopefully the tips here will give you a great guideline to get inspired to make some space i your life.

images & subtext via BHG.com & Palatial Living Pinterest

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