10 Day Declutter Challenge
We're all spending more time inside these days...
If you’re like me the words “spring” and “cleaning” in the same sentence usually make me turn the other way, but in an effort to add some structure to our days and get ahead on spring cleaning, I've started a 10-Day Declutter Challenge! Whether you're waiting on this uncertainty to pass before listing your home for sale this spring or you just want to tidy up a bit around the house - this challenge is for you! Before you deep clean everything, you need to declutter. The less stuff you have, the less stuff you need to clean. My 10-Day Declutter Challenge will help you slowly tackle decluttering your home to make it a little less daunting and a little more fun if you’re the type of person who likes to cross things off a to-do list every day. Happy decluttering!
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Junk Drawers & Countertops
Before diving too deep in grandma’s china we’ll start small. Everyone has at least one (or two) junk drawers in their kitchen. Clean these out first, throw away any actual “junk” and organize the rest. Trust me, if you have not used it in a year then you never will!
Pantry, Refrigerator, and Freezer
Remember those frozen pretzels you bought last year when you were craving them? They’ve probably expired or will stay in there for another year so it’s probably best to toss them. Go through your pantry, fridge and freezer to get rid of all expired and unwanted food items.
Now we can dive into the good stuff. If you’re the type of person who loves getting free cups at every event you go to or has way too many plates it may be time to part ways. You can donate anything you don’t need or toss anything that’s been used too much.
The Living Room
Books, Movies, and the Mail Pile
Unless you’re stuck in the ’90s or like to collect DVD’s there’s no reason to keep piles of them. You can toss them out, give them away, or put them in a box tucked away.
Toys, Games, and/or Office Supplies
If you have kids, it’s likely you have a lot of toys laying around. Go through the toys and games they’ve outgrown and set them aside to donate to hospitals, family centers, or neighbours and friends.
After decluttering your living room, there are some tips on how to stage if you are considering selling soon. Is having a few handy tips important for you? If so, email me and I'll send you my hot list of things that help prepare the home for sale.
If you haven’t heard of Maire Kondo yet, she has great tips on how to sort through your clothes that actually work. Check them out here.
Shoes and Accessories
Just like with your clothes, sort through your shoes, belts, bags, hats, and anything else that may be hiding in your closet. Throw out or donate things that don’t fit or are not used anymore.
Under the Sink
The space under your sink is probably filled with a couple of things... cleaning products, old lotions, and a few half-used bottles of shampoo. Take some time to go through which products you'll actually use and toss the ones you know you won't or those that have expired.
Linen Closet and Medicine Cabinet
Did you know that medicine expires? It does, so those old prescriptions and cough medicine should probably get tossed out. This would be a great time to put old towels in the garage for chores and to refold all the towels in that one perfect way.
Nightstands and Tops of Dressers
For the last day, let's clear off your nightstands and the top of your dressers and first give them a good dusting. I find that these areas are often neglected and tend to collect a lot of dust. Then, re-evaluate what you have on top of these spaces - is everything functional? Do the remote batteries need to be replaced? Can you get rid of anything here?
When showing clients various homes in the GTA it's always a distraction seeing cluttered tops and takes away from visualizing your own furniture in the room. So consider putting items that are on top away unless it is absolutely a functional need.