Call it a guide, call it a bucket list, call it whatever you want. Either way, we’re going into some of the deepest darkest places of our homes and getting them decluttered this summer! There’s no time like the present to create the organized home you’ve always dreamed of, so here are a few things to declutter this summer:
When it comes to decluttering your kitchen, I want you to focus on two things. 1) utensils and 2) expired food that is stuffed in the back of your fridge and pantry. Single use gadgets and novelty tools are one of the biggest wastes of space in your kitchen and I honestly think that we should all stop buying these items. Next up: check the back of your cupboards for anything you don’t need, never used, or no longer want. Tins and packets often accumulate over time; within half a year you end up with half eaten condiments, stale spices, and who knows what in the deep freezer. The end of summer is a great time to properly clean out your fridge, freezer, and pantry looking for items passed their use by date or foods good for donation. Food banks will be grateful for any unopened overspill you may have, and anything that won’t get eaten or can’t be eaten should be thrown away so you can give your kitchen a good deep clean.
Old beauty products
Don’t even worry about the expiration dates so much, but instead, focus on the items you actually use. Just the other day, my friend decluttered her bathroom sink (and under it) and you wouldn’t believe how many makeup related items she found in there that needed to be tossed. I mean, you could have hired a dump truck to take it all away! It was crazy. Unfortunately, I’m sure that a lot of us have sinks that look pretty similar to how hers looked. If so, start decluttering asap and free up some space!
Your shed or garage
Don’t limit your summer declutter to your kitchen or bathroom, search in your shed or storage, too. If you find any untouched tools or rusty items, throw them in the bin. These pointless tools and utensils are a waste of space. I’m not sure about you, but my garage gets trashed every few months. I dump things in there as I get them out of my car and they just sit, soaking up dust. Instead of letting them sit around with no use, toss them or find a space for them (if they are actually useful). Cleaning out my garage always makes me feel better.
Clothing and linens
The best time to tackle the decluttering of seasonal clothing is when the season has only just ended. Any seasonal items you didn’t wear can be easily identified and considered for donation. This might mean: old swimsuits, worn out sandals, threadbare beach towels, and broken sunglasses, if it is summer, or jackets, long johns, etc. if it is winter. All of the things you pull out can all be tossed or donated (preferably) to make a little extra room in your wardrobe. If you leave decluttering until winter rolls around, the summer heat becomes a distant dream and you’ll be tempted to cling onto those warm weather pieces “just in case.”
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