Week Two of the Unclutter Your Nest Bootcamp finds us in the kitchen, office and craft room. I've gathered some Home Decluttering Tips that I hope you will find useful as you dive into these areas.
Hello Decluttering compadres! So, how did you do last week? I hope you are having great success during this Unclutter Your Nest and Lighten Your Load Boot Camp. The 207 pounds of stuff that we took out of our home from our bedrooms and bathrooms has really energized and motivated us to keep at this declutter process.
Now I'm chomping at the bit to get the decluttering going on in other areas of our home and share with you the home decluttering tips that have worked for us along the way.
If you are just starting the Unclutter Your Nest and Lighten Your Load Boot Camp, then pop back here to get your calendar and discard sheets.
I’ve got to be honest, while weighing it is one more step to take, it has been so motivating. If you are a goal oriented person, seeing those numbers on your scale increase will surely motivate you to keep going. And if I’m at 95lbs, I promise I’ll find something that weighs 5 lbs to take it to 100.
Oh, and I KNOW you are going to have many pounds of discards…so…check out this page for WHERE TO RECYCLE AND DONATE YOUR DISCARDS.
During this process, it has occurred to me that I am attempting to lay hands on just about every item in my home. That’s quite an undertaking, but it’s been so invigorating to use these home decluttering tips to shed our home of unnecessary and unneeded stuff and it is reassuring to know exactly what is in my home.
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
If you are at all like me, the kitchen is a clutter gold mine. I am on record as being a sucker for kitchen gadgets. Maybe ‘sucker’ is too nice a word…the truth is that I think I have a kitchen gadget ‘problem’.
My brief stint at Williams-Sonoma only enabled my ‘problem’. So that said, my first order of business was to really examine all my kitchen tools and to aside all my favorite kitchen gadgets and cookbooks to protect them from the tsunami of the unclutter machine!!!
And remember that ‘Christmas’ feeling you might get when you discover some long lost item? Well, I was reminded that I needed another shield for my KitchenAid Mixer to prevent the flour from flying out of the bowl because I had lost half of the one I had, probably when we moved 10 years ago.
So in this decluttering process, I threw out the ½ of the shield that I still had and wrote down on my ‘gift ideas’ list that I needed a new shield. Well, when I went digging into cabinets later that day, you’ll never guess what I found? The missing half!!
OK, so we've tackled our kitchens, let's take our home decluttering tips to our offices and craft rooms.
These rooms are full of paper. Paper is one of those things that comes in so frequently and we don't know quite what to do with it, so we file it away. Because you need to lay your hands on every sheet of paper, the office takes a good amount of time.
It may be that you put all the papers you need to go through in a box as you work through your office with the intent of ‘processing’ some of them this week and the rest over the next week or couple of weeks. Just make sure you stay on it.
Once I'm done with this Boot Camp…I really want to move our home to be as paperless as possible.
Through this process, we've recycled 315 pounds of paper that we just didn’t need to have because it was outdated or otherwise unnecessary. Let me say that again…315 pounds of paper!!
Most of the 315 pounds of paper were professional documents from my husband's business, but we all hold on to documents in case we need them for taxes or other purposes.
There are some statute of limitations after which you can safely discard your documents. Suze Orman has detailed what should be kept for how long here.
If you are like me I know this will cause you to panic a bit, but you have the digital versions now and can access them anytime. I made duplicate copies and put an extra set in our safe deposit box at the bank just in case.
This will take some time and you may not get it all done this week, but if you plan to do a little bit a day, you can work through it.
Once again, put them all in a box and spend an hour a day weeding through them. I have an HP Envy 7645 which is a printer/scanner/fax machine/copier and it works perfectly for this. I would imagine most machines with a scan capability would accomplish this task.
I made a file for each year and saved each photo to the appropriate year.
As an update to this…we just recently had to evacuate our home due to Hurricane Florence. When we were packing up, trying to figure out what we needed to take with us, I didn't even give my photos a second thought as I knew that we had the CDs with all our memories safely in our bank's safe deposit box.
While my Pixma would have worked just fine, I got a Fujitsu ScanSnap for Christmas which is the BOMB. It makes scanning receipts, and other documents, so effortless that there really is no excuse for me to not do this on a regular basis.
The software that comes with the scanner is well integrated such that when you scan a receipt or document, you are immediately prompted as to how and where you want to save the document/receipt.
I would imagine most crafters have a drawer (or 2), a box (or 2), a cubby (or 2) or a bag (or 3) of ‘best-laid plans’ craft supplies. You know what I’m talking about..don't you? I hope you do. Please tell me you do.
I once purchased ALL the fabric necessary to make a queen size quilt, although I had never ever quilted before. I had great plans, but they never got off the ground and that fabric found a home somewhere else along the way, though I don’t quite remember where.
So here's our tally thus far:
Office/Craft Room 485
808 pounds of stuff has been taken out of our home! Holy Cow!
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We're starting the second week of our Unclutter Your Nest and Lighten Your Load Boot Camp. Isn't your home breathing easier with X pounds of stuff taken out of it? Aren't you breathing easier just knowing that you have fewer things to tend? I'll be back next weekend with home decluttering tips and suggestions for your laundry room, den and linen/coat closet. Until then, enjoy your lighter home.
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