Week One of the Unclutter Your Nest Bootcamp finds us in the bathrooms and bedrooms. I've gathered some Home Decluttering Ideas and Tips that I hope you will find useful as you dive into these areas.
Does it make me a tad weird that I have been as excited about the Unclutter Bootcamp as I was for Christmas? We will declutter our nest and lighten our load over the next month, starting with the Bathrooms and Bedrooms.
If you are just arriving at the bootcamp, go back here to get the printable calendar and discard list, as well as some additional home decluttering ideas to motivate you.
For each area:
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The bathroom is a conglomeration of cosmetics and medicine/first-aid items. In my home, it’s an area that is difficult to corral and keep clutter-free.
I go through a unclutter ‘process' almost annually, but there have been too many items that I overlook because A) I spent a lot of money on them or B) I might use them some day.
Case in point, hair products. I really don't like the feel of products in my hair, but I have accumulated 5-6 bottles of salon-quality products that I never use, but haven't parted with. I consider myself fairly savvy, but I have also been a sucker for marketing campaigns that promise porcelain skin and stronger fingernails.
All these purchases are now lying, unused, in various drawers in my bathroom, taking up space and requiring my attention when I need to move them to get to what I really need. After many years and many purchases, I now know that such purchases are a waste of my money and unnecessarily take up space in my home.
Mascara and Liquid Eyeliner 2-4 months
Liquid Foundations 12-18 months
Powder/Bronzer/Blush 2 years
Hair Products you don’t use or are past shelf life of 3 years
Perfume that is no longer ‘your style’ or that is older than 4 years
After you’ve determined what you want to keep, contain like items together. I love my label maker and used it to make container labels for “Pain Relivers”, “Digestive”, “First Aid” and “Cold/Allergies” . I consolidated like items together in their respective boxes.
I actually got rid of so much stuff that I also got rid of 6 storage bins in this unclutter! These are the mesh organizers I kept and used to organize my cosmetic drawer.
There is a huge benefit to taking everything out of your closet and examining each piece before you put it back in. It’s much easier to skip over an item that’s hanging up then it is to hang it back up once it’s already out of your closet.
If it does, then hang it back up in your closet. If it doesn’t then decide if it needs to go in the TRASH, DONATE or the SELL box.
Don’t consider how much you spent on that dress. Don’t consider that if you lost 7 pounds you could wear those pants again. If you haven’t worn the item in 1 year, it’s time to let it go to someone who would wear it.
I have to tell you that Marie Kondo's suggestion of taking everything out of your closets and drawers is spot on. We have gone through our closets many times in the past, but this time we were so much more effective.
There is no doubt it's because we laid everything out on the floor and had to pick up each item before we put it back in the closet.
While our focus is primarily decluttering right now, you might want to consider how you want to hang your items back in your closet. Consider grouping types of clothing by season and by color within each season.
While we're talking about SWM (socks without mates), as you go from room to room, collect them in a ‘SWM bag' to see if you can find any long lost mates before you toss them.
Instead of throwing out clothes that can't be worn in public, I have just added them to my ‘painting clothes' stack. When I went through them today, I realized that I had a different set of ‘painting clothes' for every day of the week! I threw out all except a set of ‘painting clothes' for warm weather and one for cool weather.
Do you have several sets of ‘special occasion' clothing when you only need one or two?
15 Pounds of Shoes going to the Nike Factory Store to be Recycled
Bookmark these Home Decluttering Ideas or pin the following image for your future reference:
If you want to skip ahead, here's what happened each week:
We just finished the first week of our Unclutter Your Nest and Lighten Your Load Boot Camp. Now, that wasn't too bad and don't you feel better? Isn't your home breathing easier with X pounds of stuff taken out of it? Aren't you breathing easier just knowing you have that fewer things to tend?
I'll be back next weekend with more home decluttering ideas for your office/craft room and kitchen. Until then, enjoy your lighter home.
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