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Hello friends! I am back after a little break. The stress of finishing college got the best of me. In my next post, I’ll talk more about that. In the meantime, I wanted to share my declutter and organization tips because I would like to consider myself a little Marie Kondo.

In all seriousness, I prefer to live a minimalist life as much as possible. Since graduating about a month ago, most of my free time has gone towards cleaning up the house.

I sincerely enjoy cleaning and organizing, so I’m pretty excited to share my tips!

Set the mood

When I’m doing a deep clean, I need to listen to groovy music. Listening to music will keep you motivated and you may even find yourself having fun cleaning.

One room at a time

In order to avoid feeling overwhelmed, start with one room only. I always start with the kitchen since I spend a lot of time in there cooking. I will sanitize, sweep, and clean the floor before moving on to the next room. This allows me to focus on one thing at a time.

Pull out everything

Whether it’s cleaning out my closet or a junk drawer, I pull everything out. This allows me to have a clean slate while having the ability to sift through everything. During this, I will figure out what to keep and what to get rid of.

One year rule

My rule of thumb when it comes to deciding what to keep revolves around the one year rule. If I haven’t used it in a year, I clearly do not need it and I can give it away. I find this extremely helpful when I’m going through my clothes.

Take advantage of drawers

My house lacks a lot of storage. In the next year, that’s something I really want to work on. In the meantime, I use a drawer for mail and important papers, makeup, and more. This is all stuff I want to hide from guests and even my eyes.

Clear off surfaces

One of my biggest pet peeves is a dresser or table that has tons of stuff on top. It makes the room look messy and gives me anxiety. Instead, use drawers and any storage available. This immediately opens the room and make it look sooo much more organized.

Use cute jars or boxes

If you find you no longer have storage in drawers or cabinets, use cute organizers that you won’t mind having showcased on your table. For instance, I store my deodorant, perfume, and tons of nick nacks in a wooden organizer on my dresser. I also have one of my drawings in the front of everything which hides my stuff.

Clean up the floors

When decluttering and organizing, don’t think about just cleaning tables or dressers. A floor full of stuff makes rooms look messy. In my living room, there’s always stuff on the floor from extra shoes to soccer bags and even my cat’s toys. Once I clean up the floor, the room looks bigger and instantly cleaner.

Work at your own pace

For me, cleaning up the house is a full day activity. Sometimes it can even go into a second day which is fine. Don’t rush cleaning. Take your time and work with purpose.

Take small steps to keep it clean

After deep cleaning and organizing, the last thing you want is to have to do it all over again. The best way to avoid this is to keep up with it. Take the extra time everyday or once a week to clean up and keep the house organized. This way, your hard work doesn’t go to waste.

I hope these tips are helpful!

XX,

Alisha