How to declutter your entire house without losing your mind, plus tips and a free printable to make the process easier and more efficient.
Nesting has STRUCK, y’all! I’ve been bound and determined these past couple of weeks to declutter every nook and cranny in our house.
To be fair, I always get on a decluttering kick in the spring and fall anyway (there’s just something about the change in weather that does it). So I guess we’ll call this a head start on the season.
When I first started though, I came up with a system that was centered around one little goal- get rid of 1 bag of clutter a day until the whole house is purged. I don’t even know how it’s possible that we’ve collected so much stuff in a year and a half since our move.
And in the process, I came up with a checklist to set my goal in motion to have every room decluttered by the time Baby Regan arrives in a few weeks.
So if purging your entire house seems way too overwhelming for you, I put it all together in a day-by-day checklist printable as a 28 Day Whole House Declutter Challenge in hopes that it will help ease you into the task.
You can download the decluttering checklist printable in my printable library, if you’re already a subscriber (password is at the bottom of every email I send). Or you can sign-up to get access by clicking here or the button below:
They say the most efficient way to eat an elephant is with one bite at a time. (Who else is grossed out by the saying?) When you declutter your house one bite at a time, it doesn’t seem quite so elephant-like, right?
I’ve gotten Olivia and Robert in on the action to sort through their closets and dressers to get rid of any clothes and shoes that don’t fit or need retiring.
Olivia and I sorted through all of her toys in the playroom the other day to donate any she didn’t play with anymore since it was getting to be way too much.
And while we were sorting and organizing her playroom back into shape with her toy basket label system, we had a conversation about how she’s very blessed to have toys because there are so many kids in this world who only get a shoebox of items at Christmas all year long, if they’re even that lucky.
I’m not a super neurotic mom when it comes to keeping spaces super tidy day-to-day, but I do hope doing the decluttering and donating regularly teaches her to appreciate what she has.
I swear, this mommy-ing thing teaches me more and more about being a grown-up every day. 😉
I’ve mentioned before that I struggle with anxiety sometimes, and hitting this third trimester has kicked it into high gear. I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a weight is lifted when I purge a closet or clean out a cabinet too long neglected.
And when I make it “pretty”, I’m more motivated to keep it that way. This linen closet has continued to look this organized for 7 months now. Gotta be a record breaker!
Doesn’t hurt that it makes us way faster and more efficient in the mornings when we’re rushing around getting ready for school and trying to find things.
Our pantry cabinet is my life-saver for throwing together lunches in hurry.
We still have a few spaces left to tackle like our laundry room that really needs tending…
But since Olivia starts Kindergarten today (eep!), it won’t last long. I’m comin’ for ya, crazy corner of chaos.
After you’re finished decluttering, if you want to go on a super cleaning spree, you can get my whole house deep cleaning checklist printable here too:
There’s a good chance I’ll be scrubbing every floor in this place, if this kiddo stays baking past her due date. 😉
Woot woot! Starting this school year off RIGHT!
Do you have any decluttering tips of your own? Or organization discoveries that have helped you in the day-to-day? Share them below! We always can use more around here.