CLEANING and decluttering your home can become a very overwhelming task if you wait until everything is a mess to do it.
A decluttering calendar might actually help you with that because not only will it help you stay on track each month, but you’ll tackle tasks you had no idea what you needed to do.
But why is decluttering so important?
Well, in addition to helping you get rid of items that may no longer serve you, a cluttered home can lead to a few health issues.
At the top of the list is sleep deprivation, as you may have trouble falling asleep.
It can also create unhealthy habits, as messes are often viewed as poor coping and avoidance strategies, as well as feelings of guilt for not having a tidy home.
On top of that, you might be suffering from more anxiety than normal because you’re constantly stimulated by clutter, according to packaging retailer RAJA UK.
Now that we’ve established that clutter is terrible for your health, let’s dive into what you should clean every month:
New year, new decluttering tasks.
After the holiday season, the first thing you need to tackle is removing all your Christmas decorations and storing them in bins to keep them organized for next year.
You should also get rid of packaging that no longer serves any purpose, as well as give or return Christmas gifts that you no longer want.
As the month of love approaches, you should spend some time in your kitchen.
Start reorganizing your pantry and checking the expiration date of foodstuffs – get rid of expired ones.
You can also donate any item that you know your family will not consume.
In February, you should also tackle your junk drawer and recycle old take-out menus and store important receipts.
In addition to this, you should also take inventory of your old devices and get rid of items that you no longer use or are broken.
As spring approaches, tackle your medicine cabinet and get rid of anything that’s expired.
You should also go through your beauty and skincare products and throw away any items you don’t use.
Now is the time to tackle your winter wardrobe and pare it down. Donate or sell parts that you no longer use or don’t fit.
Do the same with everyone’s closet, including your children’s.
As summer sets in, scan your storage unit, sheds, garages and/or attics.
Sort products by category and store them together.
- Take it one piece at a time: it will be less overwhelming and it will give you a sense of accomplishment.
- Use three piles: things to keep, things to give away, and things to get rid of.
- Be blunt: if you haven’t used something in six months, get rid of it.
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The last month of summer vacation is spent sorting out crafts like pens and paints.
Store the others in storage boxes.
Additionally, you need to sort your books, board games, DVDs, etc.
It’s time to sort through your linen closet.
Recycle tattered towels, sheets, blankets and liners and donate them to your local animal shelter.
As many return to school and work, start fresh by sorting through your home office space.
Invest in good desk organizers so you can keep important documents safe.
When you start pulling out your winter closet, go through it once more and look at the items you haven’t used.
You can donate them, reuse them, or even sell them to give others a chance to use them.
You’ll also want to store sandals and summer clothes.
As the holiday season approaches, review your decorations once again and check what you will be using this year.
Get rid of the ones you don’t want.
Go back to your kitchen and check that everything is still up to date before cooking big dinners.
Enjoy your home and get ready to declutter everything in the new year.
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