Sometimes the thought of de-cluttering your house can be so overwhelming you just want to bury yourself under a blanket on the couch. As with most big beast chores like cleaning out your whole house, the easiest way to do it is one step at a time. Here are 5 simple de-cluttering tasks to do this weekend.
Get rid of any non-essentials from your bedside table. Any books you’re not currently reading, old boxes of medication you’re no longer taking, stale glasses of water and any skin products you no longer use. Give it a good wipe down and dust and only put things back that are utterly essential. Throw away any rubbish and put everything else away where it belongs.
Ditch any crumbly old compacts, broken lipsticks and stiff make-up brushes. Pop your make-up bag in your next load of washing, wipe any dusty items with a make-up wipe and re-pack the bag with only the utter essentials that you use every day. If you don’t wear glitter eyeliner everyday, that novelty sparkly gel liner has no place in your makeup bag. Ditch it.
Take all the items out of your cutlery draw and put everything in the dishwasher. Once everything is clean, only put back items that you actually use. If you’ve got a pastry brush that you haven’t used in three years, ditch it. If there’s a scuzzy old fork that you refuse to eat off because it’s gross, ditch it. Give the drawer a good wipe down and only let the essentials back in.
For a basic clean you need to ditch any old receipts, loyalty cards you don’t use any more and vouchers and coupons that are expired. If your wallet is really out of control, then do a proper clean out with my How To Downsize Your Ridiculously Enormous Wallet article.
I’m a firm believer that coffee tables should bring you joy. They should only display very useful and very beautiful things. Kids toys, bills, dirty plates and crap that came out of your pockets should not live on your coffee table. Take everything off your coffee table, give it a good wipe over and only put back things that are beautiful or very useful. Plants, candles, beautiful magazines and books are welcome. Remote controls are fine but try popping them in a pretty box or basket. Anything else should be put away properly where it belongs.