Five Minute Decluttering Tips

IMGP1609Over the years I’ve collected many pages of tips from magazines, newspapers, and even internet articles. I have them in several file folders in a filing cabinet. I decided it was time to go through these folders and find tips I can share with you. They aren’t doing you or me any good if they stay hidden in the drawer.

I’m narrowing these tips to ones that can be done usually in 5 minutes or less. Many times we overestimate how long something takes to do so we don’t even start the project.

Well, if you spend 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there decluttering before you know it you’ve made a big dent in the mess. I learned from that babysteps will add up quickly.

Sometimes it’s hard to know what can be done in such a small amount of time. That is why I’m researching for as many small tips as I can find.

I’m going to be putting these tips on my Facebook Page, CutClutterWithScissors. I’ll also have occasional blog posts listing several of these tips.

Here are a few tips to get you started. I think I’ll go do a few of them myself right now.

1.  Clean out old sponges and outdated cleaning products from under the kitchen sink.  This can be done while talking on the phone or waiting for your coffee or tea to brew.

2.  Clear out old leftovers out of fridge and throw out any expired foods from the fridge and pantry. This is a good habit to get into the day before trash pick-up.

3.  Throw away old cosmetics, lotions, and other unused items.  They can harbor bacteria over time. Old shampoos and soaps can be used to clean toilets and bathtubs. They are a lot safer than the harsh chemical cleaners.

4. Declutter a junk drawer. Organize like items in small containers with or without lids. Small ziplock bags also work well. Snack and sandwich size work best.

If you have a 5 minute tip you use please share in the comment section. Thanks.

To a lighter load along the way.


4 thoughts on “Five Minute Decluttering Tips”

  1. There are facilities which specialize in these items where you can drop them off so that you will no longer have to worry about the clutter anymore. Many would think that recycling and re-purposing old items such as paper documents and even electronic devices is helpful but they can also pose a threat to humans and the environment if they are done the wrong way.

  2. Nice post Janice. Usually people keep collecting items and storing them in homes even if they are not required later but it is a human nature. And as much as it seems hard, is good to de-clutter at one point and moving is just a great time to do so. I also recommend to take the 12-12-12 Challenge. A simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be put where they belong to. Greetings

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