November has arrived! As fall becomes winter and temperatures outside begin to drop, many of us will take shelter from the cold in the warmth of our homes. Not only is this extra time inside the perfect opportunity to snuggle up with a blanket and a hot drink; it’s the perfect opportunity to declutter your home! And by decluttering now, you’ll get a head start on cleaning before you entertain guests for the holidays. In this post, we offer some tips for cleaning and organizing your house this winter!
Decluttering your entire home can be a daunting task. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember that you don’t have to tackle an entire room at once. Break each room down into sections–the closet, the chest of drawers, underneath the bed–and treat each section as a separate project. This allows you to clearly see the work that needs to be done and approach it in an organized way.
It can also be beneficial to begin a day of decluttering with the smallest project you plan to do that day. This way you can swiftly check something off of your to-do list, leaving you with a well-deserved feeling of accomplishment and motivating you to keep going.
Divide Your Time
Remember that you don’t have to declutter your entire home in a day. By cleaning different rooms on different days, you’ll make steady progress (and you’ll avoid feeling like you’re tearing your house apart!). To make decluttering even more manageable, divide a room into a few separate projects and tackle one each day.
Use Bins and Labels
Decluttering involves more than just getting rid of items you don’t use. It also involves organizing what you have left. Using bins with labels makes it easy to find what you’re looking for and maximizes your space.
Organizational containers come in a wide range of shapes and sizes to fit every storage space, from drawers to cabinets to closets. And if you feel like getting creative, many are easy and fun to DIY. (Discover more organizational tips in this blog post!)
Get the Whole Household Involved
Getting your family involved not only makes the decluttering process more efficient; it also makes it a lot more fun! If you have children, assign them small projects. Many kids enjoy being given responsibilities, and it’s beneficial for them to develop teamwork and organizational skills from an early age.
Older kids and teenagers, for example, can go through their old toys and games and decide what they no longer need. Kids can even help organize a yard sale if you choose to sell unused items. By working together, the whole family can share in the feeling of satisfaction of having completed a project. So get the family together, put on some music, and get to work!
Donate or Sell
With November comes Thanksgiving, and decluttering your home provides a wonderful opportunity to embrace the spirit of the season.
Give back to your community and the environment by donating unused items. Donating not only benefits recipients who may otherwise not have access to those items, but also benefits the earth by reducing waste and giving unused items a second life. If you decide to sell your unused items, consider donating part of the profits to a charity whose mission you care about
While these tips make it easier to declutter your home, it’s still a time- and energy-consuming task. And whether you’d still like to tackle it by yourself or if you’d prefer someone else did it for you, the Everyday Helper is here to assist you.
Not only can the Everyday Helper help you with cleaning and organizing your home; we also offer errand running, personal assistance, child transportation, dog walking, pet sitting, and senior companion services. By taking over any of these tasks, we give you back free time. And, if you have something else in mind that you’d like help with, we’d love to talk and see if we can make it happen!
Decluttering your home is a great way to spend time indoors this winter. While it is a huge project that requires a substantial investment of time and energy, the returns to you, your family, and your community are invaluable. And with help from the Everyday Helper, decluttering your home this season is totally achievable!