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Clear the clutter – how I do it.

Over the last long weekend we had I got a bee in my bonnet to do a big, ruthless clear out. I generally try every three months to go through the kids clothes and their toys. We hadn’t done it in a while so I thought I would combine it with a household de-clutter at the same time. After doing these clear outs I am always amazed by how much stuff we have that we don’t use and how much rubbish we collect. When I shared to social media that we had done it a few people said they had no idea where to start. So I thought I would share how I clear the clutter on my house.Clear the clutter|HarassedMom

Over the years I have learnt to be ruthless during these clear the clutter sessions. It is better to do them when the kids aren’t around but I managed to get the big two on board and they were actually a big help.

The easiest way to start is to just start. Pick a room and focus on that room. Don’t try to do the whole house in one go, it will be to overwhelming. 

I create separate piles of things. I have a donate, throw away, put in right room and wash pile. Everything has to go in a pile. I don’t have a “keep” pile because if I want to keep something in that room it must be placed in the correct place immediately. Clear the clutter|HarassedMom

Then comes the fun part, empty out each cupboard and drawer one at a time and assign things to each pile. I am ruthless here because we collect a lot of stuff we don’t need or use and it creates massive amounts of clutter in our house. If you haven’t used it in the last few months it must either get thrown away or donated – it is that simple. If it is broken – get rid of it. I had a cupboard full of mugs. It would drive me mad because we only drink from one of 4 but we had about 15 in the cupboard, some chipped, one had the handle broken off. I threw them all out! My cupboard now looks amazing. It has the cups we actually use, not the ones we are holding on to for some unknown reason and never use. 

Once you have your piles, you need to take action immediately. I pack the donate pile straight into my car. If I leave it in the house, the kids invariably find a reason to unpack it.  Put the pile of things for the other rooms in those rooms in their correct spots immediately. I generally put all the downstairs stuff on the table and then once I have done the lounge, kitchen and toy room and put everything in the right place. 

If I don’t do this regularly our house actually feels heavy. Do you do regular “clear the clutter” sessions?

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  1. 10 May, 2017 / 1:13 pm

    I did 3 areas in the dining room and lounge over the long weekend and A’s clothes this weekend. I love the feeling but have so so much still to do
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  2. 10 May, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    Hi I’m Lebo, and I’m a hoarder. Gosh friend I honestly keep rubish and now have created a little rubish collector who is my daughter. I am going to throw things away as soon as I get back.

  3. 10 May, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    This ties in nicely to the post I wrote on Monday. I’d love to know where you are on the inner or outer order scale, Laura.

    Good job on that clear-out. It really helps to just get going when you get the bee in the bonnet thing πŸ™‚
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    • Laura-Kim
      11 May, 2017 / 7:38 am

      I need order at home. On the weekend when its chaos I can’t sit and chill if there is chaos around me.

        • Laura-Kim
          22 May, 2017 / 12:33 pm

          Definitely. Sundays are my WORST days if we are at home. My kids turn the house upside down and I can not cope at all.

  4. 10 May, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    I’m actually gearing up for another big de-clutter myself. We did one while we packed to move last year, then another in December, before we went on holiday, and now I feel it’s time again.
    I like your idea of the 4 piles; I’ve always followed something loosely like this, but I think being more structured about it will make the whole exercise faster. I’m also often guilty of leaving the bags full of stuff to be thrown out somewhere in the house and, as you say, the kids invariably find a reason to get in there and wreak havoc.
    I can’t wait to tackle the boys’ rooms, but have also got SO much crap that I think is going to end up at the Hospice shop.
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  5. stephanie videira
    10 May, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    This post came at the perfect time we moving soon so have slowly started to sort and de-clutter the 4 pile idea going to be a big help

  6. 11 May, 2017 / 7:16 am

    I did a declutter of the kids’ room just 3 weeks ago and it is a mess again! I packed away a whole lot of their toys, but I think the dress up box is a culprit… I am dreading doing it again, but will have to make the time. I also need to go through the whole house again soon 😣😣😭 Thank you for your tips, I’m coming back to this post when I do tackle it.
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