Happy New Year! We hope you had a blessed Christmas season and feel refreshed with the coming of 2018. Maybe you’re still catching up from rest after all the social gatherings, or maybe you’re using this time to get some much needed projects done around the house. Often times we like to use the month of January to set goals and give our homes a good cleaning out! Most of us know what to do when decluttering our homes, but have you considered what NOT to do? Adopting some the following ideas may help you get through the big project of decluttering just a little easier!

1. Think rationally when making your plans to declutter — how much can you really handle in a weekend? If you’re planning do begin your cleanout this weekend, make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew. Is it your goal to clean out your entire home in a matter of two days? I don’t know about you, but this sounds almost impossible! Be realistic and set some achievable goals so you’re not disheartened by Sunday night when you still have a disorganized home.

2. First organize, then determine what storage solutions to invest in. Nothing is worse than spending a couple of hours in the Container Store then realizing most all of what you purchased isn’t necessary. We strongly recommend you clean out and organize first, then assess how many storage bins, boxes, and baskets you need.

3. Finish what you started. Nothing makes decluttering more difficult than starting a project and moving on to the next before finishing. If it’s your goal to clean out the hall closet, make sure it’s satisfactory before walking away, and if you have bags than need to go to Goodwill, go ahead and drop them off as to not clutter another area of your home with those bags. You’ll find decluttering much more efficient if you finish what you start!

4. Don’t get discouraged when things get messy again. This is one of our pet peeves, but it’s inevitable that the closet you cleaned out or those cabinets in the kitchen will get out of sorts again! You shouldn’t feel like a failure when this happens. Everyone has experienced this in their home — even the cleanest of people! Just do your best to keep it as clean as possible and just know another January will come along to give you time to reorganize.

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