5 Tips For Planning Your Summer Routine With Your Kids

5 Tips For Planning Your Summer Routine With Your Kids


Here are 5 tips to help you make a good summer routine with your kids, so both they and you have an enjoyable summer holiday from school.

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Everyone looks forward to the lazy days of summer, especially after the end of school rush.

However, if you’re not careful the kids being home for the summer isn’t lazy and care free, but instead more exhausting and chaotic, because they’re home all day long.

But summer can be an enjoyable time for everyone, parents and kids alike, if everyone gets into a summer routine that accommodates the needs of your household as well as plans for activities everyone can enjoy.

Below I’ve listed five factors to consider when planning out your family’s summer routine so this precious time is all it can be, but nothing important in your life, or in your home, falls through the cracks.

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Don’t Schedule Too Much

When you hear the idea of a summer routine you may first think of activity jam packed days and nights, and while a few of these types of days can be loads of fun, doing it constantly is exhausting.

Your day-to-day summer routine is meant to make sure you’ve got time to get what you need to done, as well as make sure the kids have an enjoyable summer break.

But don’t exhaust yourself, or your kids.

You won’t stick to that kind of routine anyway, and no one will enjoy it long-term. Instead, allow the pace of summer to be slow. That’s what we all enjoy about it in the first place.

Make Sure Essential Household Chores Get Done

One of the facts of life is that even in the summer chores need to get done, like laundry, cleaning and tidying up, meal preparation, and more.

To keep yourself from getting stressed out by a messy house or piles of unwashed laundry make sure your routine provides sufficient time for getting essential household chores done.

Take a look at your current daily cleaning checklist and weekly cleaning schedule, as well as your laundry routine, and make sure you’re giving yourself enough time to accomplish these tasks.

Remember, with your kids at home it’s also the perfect time to get them involved in doing some of those chores (or teaching them new household skills), even if they don’t normally do them during the school year.

Make Sure Your Plans Include How To Keep Everyone Fed For All Meals

Everyone’s got to eat each day of the summer, just like the rest of the year. The difference during the summer is that kids eat all of their meals and snacks at home, unlike the school year where they eat some meals at school.

Don’t let this come as a surprise for you each day, but instead expand your meal planning to include those extra meals so you’re never struggling for something to serve.

(You can use this printable meal planner template form, which has spaces for planning breakfast, lunch and dinner, during the summer to help you with this task.)

You may already be used to fixing school lunches and snacks, and if so your routine just needs to shift some in the summer for serving those extra meals and snacks at home.

If not, you’ll need to make sure you carve out additional time for fixing more meals, as well as the time necessary for cleaning up the kitchen afterward.

I’ve also personally found I need to spend more time grocery shopping, as well as budgeting for the fact that my grocery bill increases during the summer months.

And just like with chores, getting your kids involved in meal planning and preparation is a great way to expand their life skill set during the summer months.

Make Time For Learning & Developing Life Skills

While summer for your kids should include a lot of time for fun and games, that doesn’t mean they can’t learn things during the summer as well.

Providing kids with a loose schedule and routine keeps them from being bored, getting into (too much) mischief, and allows you to plan fun activities for everyone.

Take some trips to a local museum, run to the library to check out books for daily reading time, or watch an educational documentary in the evening.

In addition, unlike during the school year, which can be quite busy with homework and after school activities, the long days of summer are a great time to teach your kids life skills they will need once they’re out on their own.

I already discussed, above, that summer is the perfect time to teach kids how to do household chores as well as getting them involved in meal preparation and cooking, but you can expand these lessons to anything you’d like for them to learn but hadn’t gotten around to teaching them yet.

Make Time For Physical Exercise & The Outdoors

Finally, make sure your summer routine makes time for you and your kids to get outside, and to enjoy play and physical exercise.

I think that’s what many of us really remember about summer — playing for hours and hours outside in the backyard or in the neighborhood, or at the pool.

If you get the essential household chores done, have planned to keep everyone fed, and haven’t otherwise overscheduled everyone, there should be plenty of time to have some fun and enjoy the summertime. That’s the whole point of a summer routine, after all!

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5 Guidelines To Identify Clutter In Your Home

5 Guidelines To Identify Clutter In Your Home


To be a clutter buster you’ve got to be able to identify which items in your home are truly clutter, and which are not.

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However, it’s not always easy to identify clutter.

Clutter can be insidious, because it can be almost anything, from obvious trash to the most expensive antiques.

Further, the same object that may be clutter for one person is most certainly not for another person.

That makes it very hard to get your mind around, doesn’t it?

Therefore, below are five criteria and guidelines you can use to decide if something in your house could be clutter. I emphasize the word “could” because what is really clutter in your home is such a subjective determination. You’ll notice that many of items that may be clutter have emotional ties to them, and we’ll be discussing some of those mental hangups that keep us from decluttering more next week.

This week, just think about this list, and what you’ve got in your home, to begin the process of identifying your clutter, and also identifying any emotions you’ve got that are keeping you from getting rid of it from your home.

1: Clutter Can Be Anything – Cheap Or Expensive, Sentimental Or Throw Away

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Before you can be a clutter buster in your home you’ve got to know what is, and is not, clutter. Many people’s preconceived notion of clutter is trash and cheap junk that fills our homes, and that we don’t care about at all.

While trash is most certainly clutter, that is about the only hard and fast rule about identifying clutter that there is. That is because, as the saying goes, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”

However, when you look critically at items in your home don’t automatically overlook something because it cost you (or a loved one) a lot of money to purchase it. Even the most expensive things can be clutter.

The same thing goes for antiques and family heirlooms. These items may be very expensive or valuable (or not — they could just have sentimental value), but don’t automatically discount these items as not being clutter in your home. Unfortunately, these items which were provided with love in mind may only clutter up your home, taking away the joy the gift was intended to bring.

2. Too Many Of A Particular Type Of Thing Can Be Clutter

There can, as the saying goes, be too much of a good thing. And that is exactly what can happen when we start amassing a large selection of a particular type of item.

An example of this can be collections, which can quickly turn from something that makes us happy and brings us joy into clutter if we’re not careful. That means you should be especially critical of any collections you do have, and do some serious soul searching to determine if these items are truly worthwhile to keep, or just items collecting dust and using precious space in your home.

Further, a few of a particular item, such as shoes, clothes, or kitchen gadgets, are a good thing since you have choices, variety, and appropriate things for multiple occasions. However, when you start to accumulate too many of a particular item what used to be a nice selection to choose from becomes an overwhelming pile of clutter.

Anything in your home that you have a large selection of should be suspect, when evaluating your home to identify clutter as a clutter buster. That doesn’t mean everything will be clutter, but it could be if you’re not careful!

3. Items That Used To Be Functional Can Turn Into Clutter

It often happens that we use an item for quite a while, and then our circumstances change and it is no longer quite as useful to us anymore. That’s when the item begins to collect dust in a corner – becoming clutter.

That’s the thing about clutter — it may have been useful stuff in the past.

That’s why you’ve got to be ever vigilant in your home when you’re a clutter buster. You’ve got to question items every time you pick them up, to decide if they’re clutter or not, and pay attention and notice when you no longer use an item anymore, to consider that hey, that’s no longer needed anymore here in my house.

4. If You Don’t Have Room For It In Your Home It’s Clutter

You could have some really awesome stuff but if it doesn’t fit in your home in the storage or living space you have available it’s clutter.

This one is tough for even the most seasoned clutter buster, because people experience this all the time with downsizing, and it just doesn’t seem fair. However, the fact is that if it sits out collecting dust or becomes a tripping hazard all the time it just doesn’t belong in your home anymore.

Now, don’t start throwing out everything right now that you’re tripping over. This category of stuff is tricky because you need to first make sure you’re not devoting storage space to real clutter which could make room for this important item. If you can get rid of other stuff to make room for it, it’s not clutter at all and you’ve proven its worth by getting rid of something else instead.

However, sometimes tough choices must be made because you only have so much space available, and if you can’t make a home for something in your home, it unfortunately just doesn’t belong there.

5. If You Don’t Love Or Use It, It’s Clutter

This brings me to my final definition for clutter, and what ultimately sums up the other rules and guidelines above:

Clutter buster rule: If you don’t love or use it, it’s clutter.

Everything in your home should, ideally, serve a purpose so you can keep it clutter free. You should either use it, or love it, since then it either helps you with something or makes you feel something positive each time you see it.

The thing is, practically, if we’ve got too much stuff we can’t use it all. Now, I’m not saying you’ve got to use each item you own every single day, but practically you can only wear so many clothes or shoes in a year, for example.

Further, unlike with people, where your love can keep multiplying, it just doesn’t seem to be true for stuff. You can only truly love so many things, and take the time to care for them, before you just don’t feel that attachment to everything anymore. Keep what’s important and ditch the rest!

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As I mentioned above, identifying what is truly clutter in your home, so you can become a clutter buster, is as much about your emotions sometimes, as anything else. Therefore, this week, just think about some of these guidelines I’ve mentioned above, and look about your home, making some preliminary thoughts about what is clutter, for you. (I’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments!)

Then, next week as part of the decluttering your home series we’ll continue on with how to become a clutter buster, by identifying and discussing some of the mental hangups holding you back from getting rid of this extra stuff in your home and becoming a clutter busting machine!

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How {And Why} To Declutter Files From File Cabinet Annually

How {And Why} To Declutter Files From File Cabinet Annually


Today’s mission, as part of the Declutter 365 missions, is to declutter files from your file cabinet, and make it an annual occurrence.

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This mission is designed to be done while working on the Organize Home Filing System Challenge here on the site, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenges.

I’ve placed this mission within the Declutter Calendar to fall as the second day of decluttering your file cabinet, file box, or binders used for filing in your house for the reason that no matter how much you clear out of your home filing system now, later on you’ll need to clear out more.

That’s just the nature of paper clutter. Some papers you keep in your filing cabinet that are important now become unimportant with time, such as copies of old bills or bank statements, or information about events that have now passed, or papers about property you no longer own.

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In addition, with time you also receive new papers that are important to keep, such as your most recent bank statements, or the title to the new car you purchased. If you keep everything that has become obsolete in your filing cabinet, instead of clearing it out, you’ll eventually run out of room for the new stuff.

Today I want you to realize that clearing out your file cabinets the first time, thoroughly, may take you a while, but from now on you’ll regularly clear out these files, on an annual basis, so you’ve always got room for the currently important stuff.

When Should You Do This Decluttering Task, Annually?

If you follow along with the Declutter 365 missions each year, as many people do, so that they can maintain the clutter free environment of their home once they’ve got it that way, this mission reoccurs annually, and therefore you can use the Declutter 365 calendar and my reminders to help you remember to do this task.

However, since many of the files I suggest clearing out, annually, are those labeled from older years, another good time to do this task is around the beginning of the calendar year.

Others like to do it right after finishing their taxes for the year, as a way of clearing out old material after that big task is completed.

You choose which time seems best to you, just start doing it sometime, annually, from now on.

What Types Of Files Should You Declutter Annually?

Generally, when doing this mission, you’ll be looking for older files, such as ones with dates on them, like your paid bill stubs file or old tax return files, that have passed the date you need to keep them, so you can grab the entire file and get rid of all its contents.

(Remember, the documents within these types of files are typically things you want to shred instead of just throwing them into the recycling bin.)

To help you with this task, refresh your knowledge of how long to keep various types of papers with this article, so you can feel confident that you’re getting rid of the right old papers.

Declutter file folders

In addition, check out the general mission on getting rid of file clutter here for general details of decluttering the paper in your home files.

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Declutter file folders

Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?

declutter 365

I hope this mission has inspired you to declutter excess paper clutter from your file cabinets or binders regularly.

When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you’re loving the results you’re getting I would encourage you to keep going.

I’ve got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!

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Today’s mission is to get rid of file clutter from your home filing system, because you know not everything you once filed in there is actually worth keeping, right?

This mission is designed to be done while working on the Organize Your Home’s Filing System Challenge here on the site, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.

Organize Files Challenge

The reason this is such an important mission is that part of having an organized filing system in your home is making sure you’re only keeping things in it that you really and truly need. There’s only so much space in your file box, or the file drawer or cabinet, and if you’re trying to shove even more papers into a too crowded space it makes you not want to file at all.

Plus, getting rid of old and useless papers makes it easier for you to find the stuff you do really need to keep and access periodically with less frustration, and less time wasted.

How To Get Rid Of File Clutter During This Mission

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Depending on how many files you’ve got, and how old those files are, this may not be a 15 minute mission for you. Instead, this may be a 15 minutes at a time mission.

With any mission that you need to work on in 15 minute increments make sure to give yourself a few minutes of those 15, at the end, to do any clean up needed, so you don’t make a bigger mess in the process. That can include putting things away, putting stuff in the recycling bin, or shredding papers.

To go through these files, you’re going to approach it in the exact same way that you approach big stacks of paper you’ve got lying on flat surfaces. The advantage you have with your filing is that you’ve most likely already done an initial sort with it, and have it labeled, at least partially, with what it is.

Therefore, you’re likely to find that going through these files actually takes less time to sort through than a large stack of random paper piles you’ve got lying around.

To help you, here are a few resources on the site you can use:

    • 4 Questions To Ask Yourself When Decluttering Paper – This article will help you feel comfortable in making decisions of what to keep and what to get rid of, because it can be a bit nerve wracking sometimes, especially when decluttering file folders, because, after all, at one point you thought this was something you needed to keep.
    • How Long Should You Keep Papers {Including Printable Cheat Sheet} – this article explains how long to keep various documents, such as tax returns, bills, insurance paperwork, and more, which is exactly the type of stuff you will come across when decluttering file folders
  • 15 Types Of Documents You Should Shred – when you do decide to get rid of certain paperwork from your old files, some of it can go in the recycling bin, but other papers should be shredded for your privacy. Here’s how to know what types of papers need to be shredded.

Make It A Habit To Purge Old Files Annually To Keep File Clutter At Bay From Now On

Declutter files from file cabinet annually

Once you’ve cleared out perhaps years of accumulated paperwork from old files, you know you never want to take on such a huge decluttering project again.

But here’s the thing. File clutter is going to creep back up on you, inevitably. That’s because I suggest, as part of your weekly paperwork session that one of the tasks you do is file more paperwork that comes into your home. Over time it builds up.

So what’s the best way to deal with that paperwork from now on, so the task never gets too overwhelming? It is to do an annual purge of your file folders, looking through everything and getting rid of anything that has gotten too old to need to keep, or that is no longer useful or relevant to your life.

You can learn more about how to declutter files in your file cabinet annually here.

Make Sure You’re Ready To Shred A Lot Of Paper When Doing This Mission

When doing this annual purge, or the initial decluttering session of these files, make sure you either have a

paper shredder on hand

to shred any documents that should not be trashed (and recycled) whole, or that you use a shredding service if you’ve got a lot.

This can be a very satisfying decluttering mission, because you’ll most likely get rid of a lot of paper clutter and really consolidate the contents of your file drawers. To get you inspired I’ve collected some photos sent in by readers, below, who’ve already done the mission, so scroll down to check them out.

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Results When You Declutter Old File Folders

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As promised, here are some photos from readers who’ve already done this mission, to show you what you can accomplish with 15 minutes of effort, at a time.

The photos above were sent in by a reader, Tamara. She said of the first photo, “Went through an older file cabinet. I have nothing left in it. I moved a few files to another location but now the cabinet is empty! Do I get rid of the cabinet? Something to think about.”

You too may find yourself getting rid of lots of files during this mission, because one, you may have saved things you didn’t need, ever, or you may have needed them at the time, but after several years they became less useful and could be tossed (or shredded, or recycled).

Then, Tamara explained about the bottom photo in the collage, “This is what is left!” In addition, she said, “I have removed all five of the file boxes that have been accumulating over the last several years. It was a lot of work but I had to attack it all at once so that I wouldn’t get discouraged. I scanned a whole bunch of things and filed some that way.”

Once you’ve gotten rid of the clutter you’ll be left with a lot less stuff in those file drawers making it so much easier to find what you need more quickly!

Lots of bags of shredded paper accumulated by a reader, Taig, who decluttered her file drawers {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}

This photo above is from another reader, Taig, who also worked on this mission. She said, “This is the shredded paper from 3 file drawers. In addition, about 10 pounds of un-shredded paper and files went to recycle this week. Only 5 more drawers to go!”

Great job Taig! When you’re working through this mission you’re likely to accumulate a lot of paper that needs to be disposed of in one fashion or another. Make sure as part of your 15 minutes at a time that you’re disposing of the paper, and not just letting it sit there. After all, it’s still clutter in your home until you completely remove it from your home!

You can throw it right into the recycle bin, shred it as you go, if you’ve got a home shredder, or if you’ve got a lot it may be worth it to you to use a commercial shredding service that shreds the paper right in front of you, just so you don’t have to spend more time shredding it slowly, yourself.

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How {And Why} To Declutter Files From File Cabinet Annually

How {And Why} To Declutter Files From File Cabinet Annually


Today’s mission, as part of the Declutter 365 missions, is to declutter files from your file cabinet, and make it an annual occurrence.

How, and why, to declutter files from your file cabinet annually, including the types of files to get rid of, and how this helps you keep paper organized in your home {a #Declutter365 mission on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

This mission is designed to be done while working on the Organize Home Filing System Challenge here on the site, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenges.

I’ve placed this mission within the Declutter Calendar to fall as the second day of decluttering your file cabinet, file box, or binders used for filing in your house for the reason that no matter how much you clear out of your home filing system now, later on you’ll need to clear out more.

That’s just the nature of paper clutter. Some papers you keep in your filing cabinet that are important now become unimportant with time, such as copies of old bills or bank statements, or information about events that have now passed, or papers about property you no longer own.

How, and why, to declutter files from your file cabinet annually, including the types of files to get rid of, and how this helps you keep paper organized in your home {a #Declutter365 mission on Home Storage Solutions 101} #DeclutterFiles #PaperOrganization #PaperClutteruse this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

In addition, with time you also receive new papers that are important to keep, such as your most recent bank statements, or the title to the new car you purchased. If you keep everything that has become obsolete in your filing cabinet, instead of clearing it out, you’ll eventually run out of room for the new stuff.

Today I want you to realize that clearing out your file cabinets the first time, thoroughly, may take you a while, but from now on you’ll regularly clear out these files, on an annual basis, so you’ve always got room for the currently important stuff.

When Should You Do This Decluttering Task, Annually?

If you follow along with the Declutter 365 missions each year, as many people do, so that they can maintain the clutter free environment of their home once they’ve got it that way, this mission reoccurs annually, and therefore you can use the Declutter 365 calendar and my reminders to help you remember to do this task.

However, since many of the files I suggest clearing out, annually, are those labeled from older years, another good time to do this task is around the beginning of the calendar year.

Others like to do it right after finishing their taxes for the year, as a way of clearing out old material after that big task is completed.

You choose which time seems best to you, just start doing it sometime, annually, from now on.

What Types Of Files Should You Declutter Annually?

Generally, when doing this mission, you’ll be looking for older files, such as ones with dates on them, like your paid bill stubs file or old tax return files, that have passed the date you need to keep them, so you can grab the entire file and get rid of all its contents.

(Remember, the documents within these types of files are typically things you want to shred instead of just throwing them into the recycling bin.)

To help you with this task, refresh your knowledge of how long to keep various types of papers with this article, so you can feel confident that you’re getting rid of the right old papers.

Declutter file folders

In addition, check out the general mission on getting rid of file clutter here for general details of decluttering the paper in your home files.

.

Declutter file folders

Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?

declutter 365

I hope this mission has inspired you to declutter excess paper clutter from your file cabinets or binders regularly.

When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you’re loving the results you’re getting I would encourage you to keep going.

I’ve got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!

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How To Get Rid Of File Clutter {15 Minutes At A Time}

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Today’s mission is to get rid of file clutter from your home filing system, because you know not everything you once filed in there is actually worth keeping, right?

This mission is designed to be done while working on the Organize Your Home’s Filing System Challenge here on the site, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge.

Organize Files Challenge

The reason this is such an important mission is that part of having an organized filing system in your home is making sure you’re only keeping things in it that you really and truly need. There’s only so much space in your file box, or the file drawer or cabinet, and if you’re trying to shove even more papers into a too crowded space it makes you not want to file at all.

Plus, getting rid of old and useless papers makes it easier for you to find the stuff you do really need to keep and access periodically with less frustration, and less time wasted.

How To Get Rid Of File Clutter During This Mission

How to declutter file clutter 15 minutes a time, to clear out your file drawer or cabinet of old papers and make room for the stuff you really do need to file in there now {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Depending on how many files you’ve got, and how old those files are, this may not be a 15 minute mission for you. Instead, this may be a 15 minutes at a time mission.

With any mission that you need to work on in 15 minute increments make sure to give yourself a few minutes of those 15, at the end, to do any clean up needed, so you don’t make a bigger mess in the process. That can include putting things away, putting stuff in the recycling bin, or shredding papers.

To go through these files, you’re going to approach it in the exact same way that you approach big stacks of paper you’ve got lying on flat surfaces. The advantage you have with your filing is that you’ve most likely already done an initial sort with it, and have it labeled, at least partially, with what it is.

Therefore, you’re likely to find that going through these files actually takes less time to sort through than a large stack of random paper piles you’ve got lying around.

To help you, here are a few resources on the site you can use:

    • 4 Questions To Ask Yourself When Decluttering Paper – This article will help you feel comfortable in making decisions of what to keep and what to get rid of, because it can be a bit nerve wracking sometimes, especially when decluttering file folders, because, after all, at one point you thought this was something you needed to keep.

    • How Long Should You Keep Papers {Including Printable Cheat Sheet} – this article explains how long to keep various documents, such as tax returns, bills, insurance paperwork, and more, which is exactly the type of stuff you will come across when decluttering file folders

  • 15 Types Of Documents You Should Shred – when you do decide to get rid of certain paperwork from your old files, some of it can go in the recycling bin, but other papers should be shredded for your privacy. Here’s how to know what types of papers need to be shredded.

Make It A Habit To Purge Old Files Annually To Keep File Clutter At Bay From Now On

Declutter files from file cabinet annually

Once you’ve cleared out perhaps years of accumulated paperwork from old files, you know you never want to take on such a huge decluttering project again.

But here’s the thing. File clutter is going to creep back up on you, inevitably. That’s because I suggest, as part of your weekly paperwork session that one of the tasks you do is file more paperwork that comes into your home. Over time it builds up.

So what’s the best way to deal with that paperwork from now on, so the task never gets too overwhelming? It is to do an annual purge of your file folders, looking through everything and getting rid of anything that has gotten too old to need to keep, or that is no longer useful or relevant to your life.

You can learn more about how to declutter files in your file cabinet annually here.

Make Sure You’re Ready To Shred A Lot Of Paper When Doing This Mission

When doing this annual purge, or the initial decluttering session of these files, make sure you either have a

paper shredder on hand

to shred any documents that should not be trashed (and recycled) whole, or that you use a shredding service if you’ve got a lot.

This can be a very satisfying decluttering mission, because you’ll most likely get rid of a lot of paper clutter and really consolidate the contents of your file drawers. To get you inspired I’ve collected some photos sent in by readers, below, who’ve already done the mission, so scroll down to check them out.

How to declutter file clutter 15 minutes at a time, to clear out your file drawer or cabinet of old papers and make room for the stuff you really do need to file in there now {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

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Results When You Declutter Old File Folders

How to declutter old files from your filing cabinet or file box so you can get rid of the paper clutter and instead fit in the new papers that you do need to keep {on Home Storage Solutions 101}

As promised, here are some photos from readers who’ve already done this mission, to show you what you can accomplish with 15 minutes of effort, at a time.

The photos above were sent in by a reader, Tamara. She said of the first photo, “Went through an older file cabinet. I have nothing left in it. I moved a few files to another location but now the cabinet is empty! Do I get rid of the cabinet? Something to think about.”

You too may find yourself getting rid of lots of files during this mission, because one, you may have saved things you didn’t need, ever, or you may have needed them at the time, but after several years they became less useful and could be tossed (or shredded, or recycled).

Then, Tamara explained about the bottom photo in the collage, “This is what is left!” In addition, she said, “I have removed all five of the file boxes that have been accumulating over the last several years. It was a lot of work but I had to attack it all at once so that I wouldn’t get discouraged. I scanned a whole bunch of things and filed some that way.”

Once you’ve gotten rid of the clutter you’ll be left with a lot less stuff in those file drawers making it so much easier to find what you need more quickly!

Lots of bags of shredded paper accumulated by a reader, Taig, who decluttered her file drawers {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}

This photo above is from another reader, Taig, who also worked on this mission. She said, “This is the shredded paper from 3 file drawers. In addition, about 10 pounds of un-shredded paper and files went to recycle this week. Only 5 more drawers to go!”

Great job Taig! When you’re working through this mission you’re likely to accumulate a lot of paper that needs to be disposed of in one fashion or another. Make sure as part of your 15 minutes at a time that you’re disposing of the paper, and not just letting it sit there. After all, it’s still clutter in your home until you completely remove it from your home!

You can throw it right into the recycle bin, shred it as you go, if you’ve got a home shredder, or if you’ve got a lot it may be worth it to you to use a commercial shredding service that shreds the paper right in front of you, just so you don’t have to spend more time shredding it slowly, yourself.

Are You Ready To Declutter Your Home?

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I hope seeing these pictures has inspired you to get rid of your old file clutter in your home.

When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you’re loving the results you’re getting I would encourage you to keep going.

I’ve got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!

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Simple Habits to Keep You Organized and Clutter-free

Simple Habits to Keep You Organized and Clutter-free

What’s the secret to keeping a clean and clutter-free home? Well, the secret is there isn’t one! It’s being intentional every day. Cleaning up messes before they get out of hand, following through with routines, and putting a few simple systems into place will definitely help.

There are 9 things I do on a daily or weekly basis that help our family maintain a clean and clutter-free home. These are things that took effort in the beginning, but have since become habits that now are part of our regular routine. If you are struggling to maintain a clean and clutter-free home, I highly recommend starting with these 9 tasks.

Read more: 9 Habits for a Clean and Clutter-free Home via The Simply Organized Home

Practiced daily, these habits take only a few minutes to complete. But together, they leave your home in a perpetual state of clutterfree.

I discovered almost immediately that the less stuff you own, the more organized and clutterfree your home becomes. Go figure.

We would soon discover 21 benefits of owning less and decide that we’d never go back to our old lives of mindless consumption.

In addition to a significant purge that cleared the space for clutterfree living, we developed simple habits to keep our home clutterfree. They were not obtrusive or burdensome in anyway. Just the opposite, in fact. Practiced daily, they take only a few minutes to complete. But together, they leave our home in a perpetual state of clutterfree (or at least, close to it).

Here are the habits I most recommend: 7 Daily Habits for a Clutter-Free Home via Becoming Minimalist

13 Habits to keep your kitchen organized and clutter-free

Decluttering is an important part of simplifying your kitchen, your home and your life. If you have too much stuff, it’s impossible to keep your home or your kitchen organized and clutter-free. But decluttering isn’t the end. Once you’ve gotten rid of the clutter, you also need habits, systems and routines to maintain your clutter-free space. Today I’m sharing 13 simple habits to keep your kitchen organized and clutter-free now and in the future.

Be sure to check out the previous posts in my kitchen decluttering series linked below. Find great info to help you get decluttering and create the clutter-free kitchen you’ll love!

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Ways to Declutter Your House

This genius step-by-step guide is a must-read for everybody who embraces minimaist lifestyle. Practice these hacks to declutter your entire home in just a week. Embrace more free space and embrace more peace in life.. #clutter #declutter #simple #simplicity #minimalist #minimalism #home

This genius step-by-step guide is a must-read for everybody who embraces minimaist lifestyle. Practice these hacks to declutter your entire home in just a week. Embrace more free space and embrace more peace in life.

Declutter your home quickly in these 7 practical steps.

Let’s go!

Read more: 7 Practical Steps to Declutter Your Entire Home in A Week via One Does Simply

declutter your home

Clutter, or mess, is an annoying thing. Your home needs to be neat with only things around that you are able to manage. However if you surround yourself with every possible thing on earth, it literally becomes too much to handle. If such is the situation at your home, ‘declutter’ is what you need to seriously consider. Decluttering your home not only tidies up the place but makes life easy and organized as well. Decluttering provides more space, at the same time, gives you control and easy access to the things you need.

Read more: 20 Best Decluttering Your Home Advice Out There via Home By Jenn

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The amount of clutter one can accumulate in their home is baffling. I know personally, right after the madness of the holiday season, I have to wade through all of the stuff in my house.

While it may just be a little clutter at the moment, trust me where there is a small amount, there will inevitably be way more! Well, I’m here to tell you today that you no longer have to live in a cluttered home. Follow these nine useful tips I’ve used to declutter your home quickly.

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Tips to Create an Organized Filing System

Tips to Create an Organized Filing System

 

Papers! They seem to multiply creating piles everywhere. If I’m being honest, papers are one of the hardest things for me to stay on top of. There is just so many of them and trying to find the time to sort through everything before they become a cluttered pile can be exhausting. However, having a properly organized filing system can make a huge difference.

This filing system is based off the same principles used in the Freedom Filer system. When I set this up, I read about the Freedom Filer system and liked the concepts just not the price. So I tweaked a few things and created a DIY system that works for me and my family.

If you want to set up your own simple filing system to keep you organized for the new year, just follow the steps below!

Read more: Create an Organized Filing System via The Simply Organized Home

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Paperwork! If you’re like most people, you probably feel overwhelmed at times with all the paper clutter you need to deal with and organize. Unless you’re getting e-bills only, then you’ve got monthly bills and account statements to sift through, on top of junk mail, medical records, insurance documents, warranties, receipts, manuals, your kids’ school papers, tax documents, and more! That’s a lot of paperwork to keep track of! And the bad thing is that you could be in big trouble if you wind up needing one of those documents and aren’t able to find it. Luckily, there are many different ways to get a handle on all the paper in your life! Check out these 10 Handy Ways to Organize Your Personal Papers!

Read more: 10 Handy Ways to Organize Your Personal Papers via A Culticated Nest

Many owners view filing systems as a necessary evil since by taking the time to set it up and maintain it doesn’t help make money for their business. So, they quickly file papers in groups that may or may not be appropriate just to get it out of the way and give them more time to do things that help them make money. But, then they get frustrated when they can’t find what they were looking for in the future. The reality is all businesses need to keep retrievable files and need to have systems in place to manage this paperwork no matter how large or small the business is.

Here are some suggestions for what to keep in your small business files. Review and set them up sooner than later. You will be happy that you did.

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What’s on your bucket list? Maybe you want to travel to Paris, hit a hole-in-one, or simply spend more time with family.

Each of us has a unique list of things we want to accomplish in life, but one activity that should be on everyone’s to-do list is getting affairs in order. This includes gathering and organizing personal information, financial records, and legal documents.

After a death occurs, loved ones are often tasked with many responsibilities. By compiling, sorting, and organizing these important papers, you can relieve your loved ones of this work.

Continue reading to learn the most important personal information you need to gather and how to organize it.

Read more: How to Organize Your Personal Information via Busch Cares

This article on important planning documents is provided by Everplans — The web’s leading resource for planning and organizing your life. Create, store and share important documents that your loved ones might need.

Your personal information will be essential for your family to wrap up your personal affairs.

By organizing your personal information, you can help your family more easily:

Read more: Personal Information, Documents, And Accounts To Organize And Share via Everplans

Learning how to organize personal information, is very important and should be one of your categories when you set up your paperwork system. On the page which discusses your home filling system, I talk you through picking a consistent system, which will work for your needs and the way you think. However, when you organize your personal information there tends to be a mix of paper based and electronic files, not to mention all those codes and numbers which belong to each individual person nowadays. This page looks at all of those tricky bits of information and aims, to give you a host of ideas which will help you to organize personal information in your household.

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How to Organize Your Personal Files

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What’s on your bucket list? Maybe you want to travel to Paris, hit a hole-in-one, or simply spend more time with family.

Each of us has a unique list of things we want to accomplish in life, but one activity that should be on everyone’s to-do list is getting affairs in order. This includes gathering and organizing personal information, financial records, and legal documents.

After a death occurs, loved ones are often tasked with many responsibilities. By compiling, sorting, and organizing these important papers, you can relieve your loved ones of this work.

Continue reading to learn the most important personal information you need to gather and how to organize it.

Read more: How to Organize Your Personal Information via Busch Cares

This article on important planning documents is provided by Everplans — The web’s leading resource for planning and organizing your life. Create, store and share important documents that your loved ones might need.

Your personal information will be essential for your family to wrap up your personal affairs.

By organizing your personal information, you can help your family more easily:

Read more: Personal Information, Documents, And Accounts To Organize And Share via Everplans

Learning how to organize personal information, is very important and should be one of your categories when you set up your paperwork system. On the page which discusses your home filling system, I talk you through picking a consistent system, which will work for your needs and the way you think. However, when you organize your personal information there tends to be a mix of paper based and electronic files, not to mention all those codes and numbers which belong to each individual person nowadays. This page looks at all of those tricky bits of information and aims, to give you a host of ideas which will help you to organize personal information in your household.

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Declutter Musical Instruments

How To Declutter Musical Instruments

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Today’s mission is to declutter musical instruments.

This is one of those kind of random missions that either applies to you or doesn’t. But I put it in the Declutter 365 missions for a reason.

Many of us played a musical instrument forever ago, but haven’t touched it in years, either because of a conscious decision, or because life just got busy.

If it isn’t our own, perhaps it is one of our kids’ instruments instead.

Today’s your day to make some hard decisions about these instruments.

I say they’re hard because often decluttering objects like this is less about the object itself and instead more about coming to some conclusions about your life, and deciding, no, “I’m not going to play that trombone ever again, that time in my life has passed,” or whatever other decision you’ve got to make.

Everyone’s hesitation about decluttering these objects is a bit different. Perhaps you somewhere in your thoughts “hope” that you’ll start playing again sometime in the future, or perhaps we think, “I paid good money for that” instrument, and hate to get rid of it.

If those thoughts sound familiar make sure to read my article about the 6 emotions chaining you to clutter and how to break free here.

Now, if you truly want to begin playing again I’m not telling you to give up your dream and chuck out that old instrument anyway. Instead, use this mission as a prompt to get you pursuing that dream again, instead of waiting until later.

On the other hand, remember the power of just letting something go that no longer fits your current lifestyle and dreams. Getting rid of the instrument can let you get rid of guilt or just be a weight off your shoulders because you no longer have to feel an obligation about something you no longer really want to do.

So just take fifteen minutes and get this mission done. Below I’ll give you some ideas for what you can do with these old instruments when you decide to get them out of your home.

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Ideas For What To Do With Old Musical Instruments

Once you’ve made the decision about getting rid of whatever musical instruments you’ve got in your home the next step you need to do is decide what you’ll do with them.

Your Choices: Sell, Donate &/Or Trash

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The first thing you need to decide is whether to sell, donate and/or trash the instrument.

Sometimes these items are valuable enough that it is worth your time to try to sell them. And often times, they’re not worth the effort. You need to make that call.

First, be practical. The old band instrument your child used in middle school is probably not worth a lot, so it may not be worth your time to try to sell it.

On the other hand, the professional grade violin your great uncle played in the orchestra may be worth getting appraised to determine value before you make a decision of how to get rid of it.

I suggest starting with your local music store to see if they sell used instruments. If necessary get an appraisal, such as from an auction house, if there is a possibility it is worth a significant sum of money.

If all that seems like a lot of trouble, especially if you suspect the instrument has more sentimental value than monetary value, I definitely recommend donating.

Some places that may really appreciate such donations include school music departments, churches and retirement homes.

If an instrument is damaged significantly, or needs extensive repairs, that may also make it harder to sell, and perhaps to donate, although perhaps not. Some places will accept donations of instruments that need to be fixed again, because they have programs set up for refurbishing them.

Please don’t donate trash though, so make sure the place you are choosing to donate a damaged instrument is aware of that damage and still would appreciate it anyway, if you decide to go that route.

Trashing an instrument is definitely not high on my list of suggestions, but in some instances, if it has been severely damaged it may be your best recourse.

Special Note About Large Musical Instruments Such As Pianos & Organs

The thought of decluttering large instruments, such as a piano or organ, can cause a sense of dread just because of the logistics of getting rid of it.

I understand.

Ideally you’d be able to find someone who’d purchase it, and then take it away for you. But life is not always ideal.

Even if you find somewhere which will take the donated piano or organ you may still need to pay to get it to their location.

Sometimes decluttering costs money, but such is life.

I suggest calling professional piano movers to do this job, otherwise you’re very likely to damage the instrument and make it worthless in the process of trying to get it out of your home, plus hurt your back in the process.

Further, depending on the condition of the piano or organ you may just need to pay to have it hauled off with no one willing to take it. Then, it is again just something you’ll have to do to get that space back in your home.

I would love to hear other people’s thoughts and suggestions for what to do with old musical instruments in the comments below, so tell me all about it!

Plus, once you’ve done this mission I would love to hear your results. Tell me what you got rid of and how you decided to deal with the item. You can even submit photos here of what you decluttered and I’ll add them to this page.

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How To Declutter Shoes

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Today’s mission is to declutter shoes. Actually, since this can be quite a task it is a mission that I’ve got on the Declutter 365 mission calendar for the next several days.

Organize Shoes & Boots Challenge

This mission is designed to be done while we work on the

Organize Shoes & Boots Challenge

here on the site, as part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge. Of course, you can do it whenever you want or need to in your home.

When working on these missions, for adult shoes, kids shoes, those by the entryway, and any additional shoes like boots and more that you’ve got in your home, make sure to always work 15 minutes at a time, so you don’t get overwhelmed.

In addition though, get rid of the no brainer types of shoes to declutter first, and then focus on decluttering shoes from each set of categories for each person in your home, so you make sure to keep the shoes you will actually need but get rid of the excess.

Type Of Shoes You Should Declutter

When doing this mission, make sure you get rid of these types of shoes for each person in your home:

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    • Those without a matching pair

    • Too small

    • Hurt your feet

    • Out of style (either out of style completely, or no longer your particular style)

    • Bought for a specific outfit, but you no longer wear or have that outfit

    • Have holes, excess wear or are damaged (and you know you won’t spend the time and money to repair them — be honest with yourself!)

  • Haven’t worn them in 6 months to a year

Decide How Much Space You’ve Got For Shoe Storage And Then Stick To That Amount Of Shoes

If digging through your closet you find some shoes you’d forgotten about but are now excited to wear again, great!

However, it is possible to have too many shoes, meaning that there is really no way you could wear them all frequently enough to enjoy them.

For that reason I find it is helpful, when decluttering shoes, or anything else you can collect and love, to decide how much room you’ve got in your home for shoe storage, and then to keep decluttering your shoe collection until you winnow it down to the amount that will fit into the designated space available.

That requires you to keep decluttering until you’re just left with the very best ones. That can be tough, but you’ll be thankful with yourself when the job is done.

What you don’t want to do is save only shoes you LOVE, without thinking of the shoes you also practically need.

Therefore, it’s best to declutter by category of shoes, to make sure you keep the necessities first, for each category, and then you can fill up the rest of your shoe storage area however you want, with whatever type of shoe you love the most.

I know it can be difficult to decide how many of certain items to keep when decluttering, so below I’ve provided some guidelines you can use to help you make sure you keep at least the necessities in each shoe category for each family member.

Top photo in decluttering mission collage courtesy of Stacy and the bottom photo courtesy of Mark Quintanilla

Guidelines For How Many Shoes Kids & Adults Need

As mentioned above, it can be difficult to decide how many shoes to keep when you take on the task of decluttering.

Below are some guidelines and thoughts to use when making this very personal decision.

I say it’s personal, because it really is. There is generally, a minimum number of shoes you need — one pair, so you’re not shoeless, but beyond that it is based on your needs, your desires, and often the most limiting aspect of all, how much room you’ve got for shoes.

I’ve listed some guidelines for the minimum amount of each time of category of shoe that most people, typically, need. Make sure you have these and then keep whatever additional shoes will fit into your designated storage area until it gets full, and get rid of the rest.

Athletic

If you regularly work out, or play a sport, you know you’ve got to have the right footwear for these tasks. If you don’t, you won’t be able to do these activities you enjoy or choose to do for your health.

Therefore, keep at least one pair of shoes necessary for each athletic activity you do.

Depending on how dirty the shoes get, or how often they need to be rotated, you may want to keep one spare pair as well.

For example, my kids all play tennis, and there are specific shoes to wear on the tennis court. They generally keep the one pair they’re currently playing in, and one older pair that is still in good condition just in case something happens to their main pair (assuming those shoes still fit, if they don’t, or the old pair that fits has a hole, they just don’t have a spare pair).

Casual

You typically only “need” (notice I didn’t say “want”) one to two pairs of casual shoes, assuming you choose shoes that will go with a variety of outfits.

When looking through the shoes you’ve got think about which pairs you wear, over and over again, with multiple outfits. Those are the types you want to keep, and perhaps buy those same brands and styles again in the future, since you know you like them and they go with many different things you currently wear.

If you wish to have more casual shoes than that, go for it, but know that they are a “want” and not a “need,” so only keep extras after you keep some from each of the additional categories listed.

Work or School

Sometimes where you work or go to school requires, as part of a uniform, or for safety reasons, a specific type of shoes. Obviously, keep those shoes to be able to do your job, or go to class.

The same reasoning goes for whatever other activity you regularly have to, or wish to do, that requires specific footwear. Keep those types of shoes.

If your work shoes, or school shoes, aren’t required to be a specific type, then they can probably be the exact same shoes designated for a different category, such as casual shoes, or dress shoes, depending on the place you work or go to school.

(You can get more tips for decluttering workwear from your closet here.)

Evening or Dress

You should have at least one nice pair of dress shoes that you can wear when you put on prettier clothes, or are dressing more formally, such as for an evening out, or to go to church.

Ideally, choose a pair that will go with a variety of outfits, such as standard colors. Often, people will have a couple of standard colors, such as black, navy and brown, to go with a large variety of outfits.

Again, you can have lots more pairs of dress shoes if you so desire, assuming you’ve got the space to hold them all in your home.

Seasonal Shoes (I.e. Boots, Sandals, Etc.)

What you need in regard to seasonal shoes depends a lot on the climate that you live in, and what types of outdoor activities you normally do.

For most people, one pair of boots and one pair of sandals will suffice, but if you live in a very hot climate you may not need boots at all, or if it rains a lot waterproof boots will make more sense than snow boots, etc.

The important thing is to make sure you’re prepared to move around outside safely and comfortably in the types of weather you normally have.

Spare Pairs For Emergencies & Messy Situations

If you really want to be minimalistic about the number of shoes you have, you really don’t have to have many at all.

But I will caution you that shoes do get excessively dirty, you might step in something unpleasant, and sometimes they either wear out or even just break unexpectedly.

Because these things can happen, and I bet they’ve happened to you in the past, you should keep a spare pair or two.

With anything spare or extra you can take it too far, and really use it as an excuse to keep a bunch of shoe clutter. Don’t do that.

However, one spare pair that you could wear to the store to buy new shoes, or one pair that is old and doesn’t matter if they get dirty, and therefore spare your nicer pair from getting dirty in some situations, can often come in handy.

Therefore, be sure to designate a pair for such purposes when decluttering, and pull them aside.

Special Note For Kids Shoes

Kids feet grow quickly, and sometimes unexpectedly, so that “new” pair of shoes you bought for them may only last a few weeks before they’re outgrown.

Therefore, I caution you to be especially careful about getting too many shoes for kids. It can be a budget buster without even giving you the joy of seeing them wear them very often before they’re outgrown.

On the other hand, kids can be very hard on their shoes, so if they are going to wear one pair a lot it is often better to purchase one sturdier pair instead of several pairs that will fall apart more quickly.

I know some people will disagree with me, but as long as the shoes are in good condition when one sibling finishes with them, I’ve often saved the shoes for the next child. After all, I do not waste money unnecessarily.

Therefore, when doing this mission there may be some kids shoes that you remove from their closet, for example, in the short term because the shoes no longer fit the older child, but instead of decluttering them completely from the house, you may want to set them aside, labeled and stored in a place you’ll find them again later, so later the younger child can wear them.

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Simple Habits to Keep You Organized and Clutter-free

Simple Habits to Keep You Organized and Clutter-free

What’s the secret to keeping a clean and clutter-free home? Well, the secret is there isn’t one! It’s being intentional every day. Cleaning up messes before they get out of hand, following through with routines, and putting a few simple systems into place will definitely help.

There are 9 things I do on a daily or weekly basis that help our family maintain a clean and clutter-free home. These are things that took effort in the beginning, but have since become habits that now are part of our regular routine. If you are struggling to maintain a clean and clutter-free home, I highly recommend starting with these 9 tasks.

Read more: 9 Habits for a Clean and Clutter-free Home via The Simply Organized Home

Practiced daily, these habits take only a few minutes to complete. But together, they leave your home in a perpetual state of clutterfree.

I discovered almost immediately that the less stuff you own, the more organized and clutterfree your home becomes. Go figure.

We would soon discover 21 benefits of owning less and decide that we’d never go back to our old lives of mindless consumption.

In addition to a significant purge that cleared the space for clutterfree living, we developed simple habits to keep our home clutterfree. They were not obtrusive or burdensome in anyway. Just the opposite, in fact. Practiced daily, they take only a few minutes to complete. But together, they leave our home in a perpetual state of clutterfree (or at least, close to it).

Here are the habits I most recommend: 7 Daily Habits for a Clutter-Free Home via Becoming Minimalist

13 Habits to keep your kitchen organized and clutter-free

Decluttering is an important part of simplifying your kitchen, your home and your life. If you have too much stuff, it’s impossible to keep your home or your kitchen organized and clutter-free. But decluttering isn’t the end. Once you’ve gotten rid of the clutter, you also need habits, systems and routines to maintain your clutter-free space. Today I’m sharing 13 simple habits to keep your kitchen organized and clutter-free now and in the future.

Be sure to check out the previous posts in my kitchen decluttering series linked below. Find great info to help you get decluttering and create the clutter-free kitchen you’ll love!

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Ways to Declutter Your House

This genius step-by-step guide is a must-read for everybody who embraces minimaist lifestyle. Practice these hacks to declutter your entire home in just a week. Embrace more free space and embrace more peace in life.. #clutter #declutter #simple #simplicity #minimalist #minimalism #home

This genius step-by-step guide is a must-read for everybody who embraces minimaist lifestyle. Practice these hacks to declutter your entire home in just a week. Embrace more free space and embrace more peace in life.

Declutter your home quickly in these 7 practical steps.

Let’s go!

Read more: 7 Practical Steps to Declutter Your Entire Home in A Week via One Does Simply

declutter your home

Clutter, or mess, is an annoying thing. Your home needs to be neat with only things around that you are able to manage. However if you surround yourself with every possible thing on earth, it literally becomes too much to handle. If such is the situation at your home, ‘declutter’ is what you need to seriously consider. Decluttering your home not only tidies up the place but makes life easy and organized as well. Decluttering provides more space, at the same time, gives you control and easy access to the things you need.

Read more: 20 Best Decluttering Your Home Advice Out There via Home By Jenn

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The amount of clutter one can accumulate in their home is baffling. I know personally, right after the madness of the holiday season, I have to wade through all of the stuff in my house.

While it may just be a little clutter at the moment, trust me where there is a small amount, there will inevitably be way more! Well, I’m here to tell you today that you no longer have to live in a cluttered home. Follow these nine useful tips I’ve used to declutter your home quickly.

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Tips to Create an Organized Filing System

Tips to Create an Organized Filing System

 

Papers! They seem to multiply creating piles everywhere. If I’m being honest, papers are one of the hardest things for me to stay on top of. There is just so many of them and trying to find the time to sort through everything before they become a cluttered pile can be exhausting. However, having a properly organized filing system can make a huge difference.

This filing system is based off the same principles used in the Freedom Filer system. When I set this up, I read about the Freedom Filer system and liked the concepts just not the price. So I tweaked a few things and created a DIY system that works for me and my family.

If you want to set up your own simple filing system to keep you organized for the new year, just follow the steps below!

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Paperwork! If you’re like most people, you probably feel overwhelmed at times with all the paper clutter you need to deal with and organize. Unless you’re getting e-bills only, then you’ve got monthly bills and account statements to sift through, on top of junk mail, medical records, insurance documents, warranties, receipts, manuals, your kids’ school papers, tax documents, and more! That’s a lot of paperwork to keep track of! And the bad thing is that you could be in big trouble if you wind up needing one of those documents and aren’t able to find it. Luckily, there are many different ways to get a handle on all the paper in your life! Check out these 10 Handy Ways to Organize Your Personal Papers!

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Many owners view filing systems as a necessary evil since by taking the time to set it up and maintain it doesn’t help make money for their business. So, they quickly file papers in groups that may or may not be appropriate just to get it out of the way and give them more time to do things that help them make money. But, then they get frustrated when they can’t find what they were looking for in the future. The reality is all businesses need to keep retrievable files and need to have systems in place to manage this paperwork no matter how large or small the business is.

Here are some suggestions for what to keep in your small business files. Review and set them up sooner than later. You will be happy that you did.

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How to Organize Your Personal Files

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What’s on your bucket list? Maybe you want to travel to Paris, hit a hole-in-one, or simply spend more time with family.

Each of us has a unique list of things we want to accomplish in life, but one activity that should be on everyone’s to-do list is getting affairs in order. This includes gathering and organizing personal information, financial records, and legal documents.

After a death occurs, loved ones are often tasked with many responsibilities. By compiling, sorting, and organizing these important papers, you can relieve your loved ones of this work.

Continue reading to learn the most important personal information you need to gather and how to organize it.

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This article on important planning documents is provided by Everplans — The web’s leading resource for planning and organizing your life. Create, store and share important documents that your loved ones might need.

Your personal information will be essential for your family to wrap up your personal affairs.

By organizing your personal information, you can help your family more easily:

Read more: Personal Information, Documents, And Accounts To Organize And Share via Everplans

Learning how to organize personal information, is very important and should be one of your categories when you set up your paperwork system. On the page which discusses your home filling system, I talk you through picking a consistent system, which will work for your needs and the way you think. However, when you organize your personal information there tends to be a mix of paper based and electronic files, not to mention all those codes and numbers which belong to each individual person nowadays. This page looks at all of those tricky bits of information and aims, to give you a host of ideas which will help you to organize personal information in your household.

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