Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Decluttering for Busy Moms

As a mom of two boys, one a 3-year-old and the other a 17-year-old teenager, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to keep a house clutter-free. With toys, clothes, and school supplies constantly coming in and out, it can feel like a never-ending battle to maintain a tidy home. However, with a little planning and organization, it is possible to keep your house clutter free and make your life as a mom easier.

  1. Set a regular cleaning schedule. Setting aside a specific time each day or week to declutter and clean allows you to stay on top of the mess before it gets out of hand.
  2. Create designated storage areas. Having a designated place for everything, such as a toy box for your 3-year-old's toys or a closet for your teenager's clothes, can help keep things organized and make it easier to clean up.
  3. Encourage your kids to clean up after themselves. Teaching your kids to take responsibility for their belongings and to put things away after they are finished using them can make a big difference in keeping the house clutter-free.
  4. Donate or sell items that are no longer needed. By regularly going through your belongings and getting rid of things that are no longer needed or wanted, you can keep the clutter to a minimum.
  5. Make use of vertical space. Utilizing vertical space, such as wall shelves or hanging organizers, can help make the most of your space and keep things off the floor.
  6. Use clear storage containers. Clear storage containers, such as plastic bins or clear bags, make it easy to see what is inside, helping you to keep things organized and easily accessible.
  7. Utilize multi-purpose furniture. Furniture such as ottomans with storage or a bed with drawers can help keep things out of sight while providing additional storage space.
  8. Take it one room at a time. Decluttering can feel overwhelming, so breaking it down into smaller tasks and focusing on one room at a time can make the process more manageable.

As a mom, time is precious, and we often find ourselves short on it. To hack some time, consider these:

  • Make use of a timer when cleaning. Set a timer for a specific amount of time, such as 15 minutes, and focus on decluttering and cleaning one area.
  • Use a laundry hamper or basket in each room to quickly gather items that need to be washed or put away.
  • Keep a basket or bag in the car for donations or items that need to be returned to the store.
  • Set a reminder on your phone or calendar to go through your kids' clothes, toys, and books regularly to eliminate anything that is no longer needed.

By following these tips and using these hacks, you can make the task of keeping your house clutter free a little bit easier, giving you more time to focus on what really matters – your family. 

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