|Clearly the "just put it here and we'll sort it later" room|
|At least we have the tubs and cupboards for future sorting.. they're mostly empty at this point.|
It's a work in progress for sure, but here's a snapshot of our system for clearing out:
1. Designate 5 workspace areas: trash/recycle, sell, give, keep, and an open area to go through one box at a time.
2. Ask yourself the following questions when going through the stuff (list I borrowed from Popsugar):
3. Sort it back. When you decide to keep something, give it a clearly designated spot. Home decor goes together by season, small craft supplies get separated by baggies, bathroom toiletries get put into a few smaller boxes rather than one huge drawer, etc. My labelmazer became my best friend, which made it so much more fun to give everything little matching name tags on where they should go. It honestly reminds me of organization in a preschool room...
|I am 100% going to do this with our kids' toys... once I make it out of cleaning the basement.|
Source: Small Potatoes
4. Ask for help. I found a lot of great tips from Nadine, Haley, and a myriad of other Pinterest suggestions. I also, very realistically, needed assistance from my super-strong hubby, to move heavy things for me (especially up and down the stairs) so I could stay on a roll sorting. I've heard of the Konmari method, but I'm not quite familiar yet (if it's tried and true in your home, let me know; I'm up for anything!)
"Spring cleaning" is a thing, but I'm determined to make this fall/winter cleaning (Let's be realistic, with 2 under 14 months it'll probably take me that long). Hopefully I can chip away at the mountains downstairs and eventually I'll have an amazing reveal post for you later on (dream big!). :D
How do you declutter when the time comes? Do you have any tricks of the trade to share? Feel free to message me or comment below!