If you were hiding under a rock this late Spring and missed #MagsRoomChallenge2015 then I applaud you. Perhaps. Now that you’re here, you should know that you are just in time to have every glorious detail spread out before you.
Not in this post.
We’re going to ease into, go through, and then finish up so freaking fabulously the whole darn thing; but FIRST – we’re going to (really quick) learn 8 easy steps to completely de-clutter ANY room! You should probably know that I made this up. Completely. It began because I was at my wits’ end with the kiddo’s room. Inspired by that, we are now tackling every room of the house, using the 8 simple steps outlined below. As for the – making it up part – how does anything fabulous get started? Someone somewhere makes it up.
So here we go…
8 Easy Steps to Completely De-clutter ANY Room!
This very important first step must be done completely. And depending upon what room you are in, you might consider how fast you’ll need to finish the entire task. But no matter, this first step (I’m saying it again) must be done completely. Every nook and cranny of the room must have every bit of removable item cleared. You may leave the larger – furniture type – items in place.
2 – Place all items into a large unsightly (and horribly disgusting) pile in the middle of the room.
Another key step in the process, this will spur your progress of completing your 8 easy steps to de-clutter any room. You may use bins, boxes, barrels, or laundry baskets to handle this task. But it must be done. Completely. Just pile on EVERYTHING together in one spot so that you can visually take in all that you’ve accumulated in that space. This will matter down the road a piece. Let’s not wallow in it for now, however…
3 – Decide furniture placement; then clean.
Depending upon the size of the room you are de-cluttering, this step may be interchangeable with numbers 4 and 5 but it must also be done smartly. If you’ve been considering a furniture rearrangement in (whatever) room, now is the time to make the change. While you’re at it, give everything a good scrub. Dust, vacuum, and go on – wipe down the walls, too. Why not? This is the best time to (spring) clean it all, after all.
4 – Get rid of the trash.
Stop staring at the pile and dig in. Grab several garbage bags and sit right down. Your focus is TRASH here. Just trash. I cannot stress this enough. Trash. We will be going through the pile several times but trash first is most important. And not just trash that you know is trash. Make sure to consider stuff you haven’t seen in 6 months or more. If it’s trash, throw it out. You don’t need it.
5 – Organize your pile.
Keep – what you absolutely need to function within this room. Don’t lie to yourself about it. Use the 6 month rule, if you haven’t seen it in 6 months or more, chances are that you don’t need it.
Give Away – what you don’t need but what someone else might find handy. If it’s in good condition but just not for you, pass it on.
Throw Away – whatever else is no good for anyone. (see below)
Now, I know we already eliminated all the trash (most important, trust me, you’ll thank me for this step if you follow it smartly) but once you begin to organize your pile, you may realize you have more trash. No worries. You can certainly throw more away. And not feel the guilts for what you’ve accumulated; it happens. Going forward, we will be less cluttered and that is a very good thing.
So. Now your pile is actually three. What you are keeping, what you are giving away, and perhaps – more trash.
Please note: You have not put ANYTHING AWAY YET. If the room you are de-cluttering is a high traffic area, this will determine how fast you work on all 8 steps.
Your three piles should be organized accordingly and you may now move out of the room: the trash and give away piles.
Please note: If you waited for step 3, now is the time to implement this here. Rearrange and clean; realizing how lovely it will be (but not yet) to put all your “new” things away in a fresh space.
6 – Remove items that do not belong.
Whatever items you have left in your keep pile should be ready to be put away. But first, you must make sure that everything going back into this room belongs here. So go through your keep pile once more and remove anything that doesn’t go. Remove it and put it where it goes. If it’s going to a room that hasn’t been de-cluttered yet, no worries – you’ll get there. With these 8 easy steps to de-clutter any room, you’ll soon have the entire house in order in no time.
Oh, how fun. Now that you have eliminated all the trash, everything you don’t need, and given away a bunch of stuff you know others can use, you get to put away all the stuff you are keeping. Hopefully, that “stuff” is a seriously smaller pile than when you began this task of de-cluttering your room. And it really is fun to be able to put your things away without shoving, stuffing, praying, pleading for it all to fit within the space. Take your time with this step and make it functional, focused, and fabulous (more on THAT when we get to #MagsRoomChallenge2015).
8 – Regroup.
Now is the time to step back and regroup. Your room is de-cluttered, rearranged (perhaps), and cleaner than it’s been in months or maybe even years! Just look at the possibilities going on here. And I am NOT talking about adding more stuff back in; rather, you may consider what the room is about, what you want to do with it going forward, and how to make it the best space for you and your family. As with step #7, function, focus, and fabulous are what matters here. Maybe you’ve always wanted to paint an accent wall or build a menu board. Or now that your guest room isn’t being used for storage/crap you don’t use anymore, you can do something amazing for your house guests…
The possibilities are endless, here. In fact, I’ve started a board on Pinterest just for Room Redos. I must admit, I’m just getting into the pinning thing more. There are several reasons for this that I won’t get into now but if you’d like to follow me around over there, you’ll see what we’re pinning (from here and others) and also what projects will be going on as we tackle more room makeovers. Later on this summer, a friend and I plan to redo her kitchen a bit. WooHOO! Stay tuned.
Okay, tell me true, how do you feel now? 8 easy steps to de-clutter ANY room. Pretty simple, really. When we began with Mags’ room, it was quite a challenge. So much so that I’ve developed an entire series which will reflect our experience there. But that’s the beauty of it, too. She and I learned a LOT through it all. Especially what worked for her and for me. And now I get to share that with all of you.
It’s not rocket science. But it works. For any room. As I’ve proven here with my desk area – I had really let it go before writing this post; however, even on my best cleaning day, it had been cluttered for quite some time. By following these 8 easy steps, you can have a completely de-cluttered functional, focused, and fabulous room in no time at all.
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