Black Friday is a beautiful time. Stores have massive blowout sales and people go crazy for these items. However, if you aren’t in a shopping mood or don’t want to be fighting over products with strangers, stay at home and clean your place.
These hacks should help you fight the winter blues, and declutter your home long before the dreaded “spring cleaning” rolls around in April.
The first trick to decluttering your home is to focus on one room at a time. When you’re done with one room, move onto the next one.
In The Bathroom
The easiest way to declutter your bathroom is to pull everything out at once. Discard anything that’s outdated and toss hair ties or clippers in the garbage. You should stick to one item at a time.
It will help cut down on the number of products you have out at one time.
Sort Clothes And Shoes
Going through every piece of clothing is a daunting task. But, it can be simple since the clothes you don’t wear, you can just toss out or donate them. It’s best to start by clothing type. So, shoes, shocks, t-shirts and so on.
Trust me, when you do this, you’ll realize you don’t need to buy new clothes.
Tackle The Kitchen
If there are items you no longer use or they’re broken, toss them out. Or donate your plates. You should also consider ways to store your spices, like on the side of the fridge.
You can even get roll-out cabinet drawers to help you stay organized and cut down major clutter.
Create A Command Center
This will be an excellent place to keep mail and bills you can’t tend to at the moment. Even add a calendar so that way, everyone can use it and nobody will miss an appointment or their kid’s soccer game.
This message center will go a long way to keeping your life organized.
Sort Mail Everyday
Don’t let that mail pile up. Mail is a significant source of clutter in many homes. Make a little resolution for yourself and sort through your mail every single day.
Toss out the junk into the recycle bin and create a space to keeps bills so you don’t lose track of them.
Toss Out Those Useless Menus
The reality is, you end up stuffing all of that wasted take out paper in a drawer. Menu after menu can really add up, and it’ll become difficult for you to close your kitchen drawer.
Toss those suckers in the recycling bin and stick to looking up menus online.
Install A Cosmetics Organizer
Give all of your cosmetics a new home. With this easy-to-use organizer kit, this will keep all of your items out of sight and in the proper spot behind the cabinet door.
The organizer will certainly help you get ready whenever you’re in a rush to get out the door.
Install Laundry Room Cubicles
If your laundry room lacks storage space, create your own. Buy inexpensive plastic crates to make into wall cubbies. Screw them to the wall studs using a fender washer in the upper corner of each box.
The crates hold a ton of supplies, keeping things like your iron from falling over.
Fruit Might Be Better In A Basket
Coming from the grocery store and seeing you have no space in the fridge for fruit sucks. One stylish solution would be to hang a single or tiered wire basket from the ceiling.
You can store apples, bananas, or any dry fruit. Also, hanging a basket adds visual interest to your kitchen.
Find Unused Storage Space
Maximizing your home’s storage space by thinking outside of the box is the go-to here. Using gutters as storage shelves on the side of kitchen cabinets is a clever home hack.
They come in 10-foot long sections so that you can cut them up with a power saw or even a hacksaw.
Organize Your Laundry Room
Laundry rooms are cramped spaces. To keep your area clear of clutter, set up a drying rack to hang your clothes.
Even add a shelf unit for laundry products, and if possible, you can create a spot to fold and iron all of your clothing needs.
Having bins are great, but remembering what’s inside of them is difficult. Instead of labeling your containers on a small label, mark them with large numbers. Each number corresponds to a page in a binder that lists what exactly is in those bins.
Using adhesive storage pouches will let you slip index cars in and out.
Flip-Down Paper Tray
When the tray is closed, it’s usually hidden by the cabinet face frame. Hinges and magnets hold this tray in place under an upper cabinet. To install, screw on the hinges first.
Next, open up the cabinet door above to clamp the tray to the underside of the cabinet.
DIY Tiered Hangers
If you’re short on space, use a lightweight piece of chain to stagger hanging clothing in tall closets. All you need to do is loop the first link of the chain over the first hanger, then hang other hangers on every other link afterward.
If you want to be crafty, build a melamine closet storage system.
Coral Sports Gear
The sturdy ball corral holds a herd of balls. The hooks on the bungee cords can be a safety hazard for kids and adults alike. Just cut the hooks off the cables and thread the cord through predrilled holes and secure it with knots.
Drill holes that are slightly larger than the cables itself.
Closet Nook Shelves
Salvage the hidden space at the ends of your closets by adding a set of wire shelves. Measure the width and depth of the area, then get a salesperson to cut the racks in length for you.
Buy a pair of end mounting brackets and a couple of plastic clips for each shelf.
Kitchen Cabinet Organizer
Metal file organizers are perfect for kitchen necessities. You can pick one up for a dollar at a dollar store. It will keep the organizer from sliding around.
For baking sheets, cutting boards, and pan lids, use rubber shelf liner or attach a hook-and-loop tape to the cabinet case and the bottom of the organizer.
Save That Six Pack!
The answer to those wayward bottles is a recycling bin. To keep all of your condiments under control, use an empty six-pack and place your seasonings in there.
The organization of a six-pack is perfect for transporting your sauces for a backyard BBQ or picnic.
One way to curb your clutter is to purge more often. Set aside some time a few times a year to get rid of clothing you don’t wear or ditch those useless kitchen items.
The hardest part of decluttering is cutting through all the mess, so don’t let it build in the first place.
10 Minutes Each Day, That’s All It Takes
If you take 10 minutes each day to clean, that’s more than an hour a week to clear clutter! While some rooms may take a little more time to clean, bathrooms usually take less time.
Hopefully, if you aren’t hovering on the internet on Black Friday, you’ll be ahead of the cleaning game!