When you’ve finally got your little one piled out of the car after a full day of running from store to store in a frantic attempt to get all of your shopping done without a tantrum, and you’ve got dinner left to get on the table, walking into a home coated in clutter is anything but a pleasant experience.
Between those dust-covered boxes and bags, stored away in inopportune places and the out of control meds and cosmetics slowly overtaking your bathroom counters, there are bastions of disorder spread throughout your home.
Don’t let the chaos overtake your stylish space and rob you of your home’s true potential.
Take the time to stop packing more things into those already-overstuffed corners, grab up a few bags, and take a trip down to the local thrift shop to get rid of all of that extra unused clothing and those out of date decorations, and you’ll net more than just some free space in return.
These Are the Things That You Need to Do Right Now to Take Your Cluttered Space From Overwhelming to Well-styled
Doctor’s Orders: When it comes to dangerous disorganization, medicine cabinets are one of the most rarely considered spots for cleaning.
Make sure that you are regularly checking the expiration dates on any bottles, both prescription and non-prescription, and if you’re not able to read the label, it’s time to pitch it.
Try to keep your cabinet arranged neatly by both person and in order of expiration date, and make sure that the locking mechanism on your cabinet keeps it well enough closed that your little ones won’t have an easy time getting in.
Little Tip: Over the counter or prescription, if you’ve got expired meds, talk to your local pharmacy about disposal ordinances. Many cities have specific protocols to ensure the safe removal of old and potentially dangerous drugs.
Stocking Up: From dust coated boxes filled with tasty treats that you told yourself you’d make at some point, to faded out cans full of unknown substances, the pantry is another area of your home that often sees a considerable buildup of clutter.
While having a larder stocked to the point of bursting may seem like a good thing, if yours is packed with outdated and expired foods, it’s not doing your carefully curated aesthetic any favors.
When you are cleaning up all of those old boxes, cans, and jars, be sure to check the expiration dates on the food, and if you can’t seem to find one on the packaging, it’s best to expect the worst.
Little Tip: If there is food that has not yet reached its expiration date, it can be donated if you don’t plan on using it. If the food is expired, try composting, for an environmentally friendly solution.
Hit A Spare: While having a spare room to use for whatever purpose you need might be nice, cramming it full of sealed boxes and old furniture isn’t adding to your lovely home.
Clean up those cluttered boxes, donating anything that is still good, and throw away anything that is no longer usable.
Little Tip: If you’re in need of a little extra space for yourself, turn that room into an office or a studio. Getting a little place of your own where you can get away from the chaos is not only a wonderful way to refocus your mind, but a great motivator to get that room straightened up.
Junk In The Trunk: Old tools, car parts, and debris from trips long past tend to accumulate in the trunks of many a well-meaning mom’s ride.
Take the time to clean out your entire vehicle thoroughly, from the glove compartment up front, to the taillights in the back, and make sure that any kid friendly clutter is bagged up and organized or removed.
Use the consoles and pouches throughout the car to keep your little’s must-haves organized and ready to go to keep them occupied on long trips, and make sure that the interior is wiped down so that you’re not showing off old stains every time you get out of your car.
Little Tip: Most modern trunks contain a wheel well for storing any tools or supplies that you commonly need while on the road. Make sure that you’ve got a donut or backup wheel, and an emergency kit stored away inside in case of any roadside disasters.
Monsters In The Closet: Closets tend to accumulate everything from old outerwear and shoes to moth-eaten shirts you haven’t thought about wearing in years.
Go through both your closet and your child’s closet, and pull out anything that hasn’t seen active use.
If you’re planning on, or already have another baby, some clothing may be able to be passed down, otherwise, if it’s not badly damaged, it can be donated to the local thrift store.
Little Tip: Make sure you’re keeping track of what you donate, and ask for a receipt when you drop the items off. Come tax time, you’ll get a handy little write off for doing the right thing.
From Top To Bottom: Aside from spare rooms, attics and basements tend to see the most boxes, bags, and long-term storage totes out of anywhere in the house.
Don’t let that old clutter rob you of space that you could be making use of, clear out those dust-covered boxes and donate your outdated duds and decor to help free up some extra room that could be a playroom for your little ones or an office for you.
Little Tip: If you’re looking to score a little extra cash from cleaning, try taking any clothing you find to a reseller near you, and any decor that you’re no longer using to a consignment store.