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31 Days to Declutter Your Home & Live Life Simply: Bills My bill area is usually a pile of papers on top of our buffet table. By the end of the week it becomes a mountain. Organizing your bills with a simple filing system can be manageable. It will create less clutter and will keep your bills from getting lost. If you have the option for a bill to be paperless, they will also eliminate the clutter of paperwork. How to Organize your Bills Sort thru your bills and separate by date they are due. Set up a filing system…

31 Days to Declutter Your Home & Live Life Simply: Defining Clutter Let’s take a break from decluttering for a day and think about the definition of clutter. Each person might have a different definition. When I looked it up the definition of clutter, this is what I found. Clutter – a collection of things lying about in an untidy mass. Let’s identify the different types of clutter. Sentimental Clutter – You may feel like you can never let go of the sentimental items. Go thru these items to see if there are things you can let go or if…

31 Days to Declutter Your Home & Live Life Simply: Emails Do you find that every time you open you email account you see tons of emails that have not been answered or have been but still sitting there? Yes, that is my problem. I always browse thru the emails and find the important ones to read and respond to and then ignore the rest. Pretty soon I have almost 1,000 emails to get thru. Yikes! There are some simple tasks you can do to stop that clutter in your inbox. Unsubscribe to lists you no longer wish to be…

31 Days to Declutter Your Home & Live Life Simply: Organizing System By now you should have several rooms or areas decluttered. But have you set up an organizing system to get it done in a more timely manner? Choose from boxes, storage bins, trash bags, or plastic bins and make sure you have 3 of them. Label each one Donate, Throw Away, For Sale. As you are going thru each room, set up the bins and  put the items you want to Donate, Throw Away, or Sell into the correct box. This will make it easier when you are…

31 Days to Declutter Your Home & Live Life Simply: Kids Bedroom (Part 2) Today I tackled my youngest son’s bedroom. It ended up being an all day event because of how many toys, clothes, etc. I could not believe how much stuff was in his room that he no longer played with, didn’t fit, or was broken. We threw out 2 bags of trash and donated 3 bags to Goodwill. He is so excited to be able to find what he needs without having to dig thru all of his toys. And he didn’t get upset about items we…

31 Days to Declutter Your Home & Live Life Simply: Kids Bedroom I am working on the kids bedrooms this weekend and have to say I am quite embarrassed at how they were in the beginning. Between Christmas and Birthday’s their rooms were cluttered with unwanted items. Younger kids often claim they still play with the toys even though it has been awhile since they have. Sometimes it is easier to go thru the rooms yourself since you know what needs to stay or go. This is my daughter’s bedroom and as you can see it has been ignored for…

31 Days to Declutter Your Home & Live Life Simply: Toss or Keep Today is Day 5 of the declutter challenge and I would like to give you an assignment before we move on. For the weekend I will be taking on the kids bedrooms which will be a big project. I hope all of you can join me on getting some big rooms done this weekend too. I would like you to review the questions listed below to get prepared when delcuttering each room. Toss or Keep: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Have I used this in the last…

31 Days to Declutter Your Home & Live Life Simply: Junk Drawer Oh the famous junk drawer! Everyone has at least one or more. How often do you clean it out? I have to be honest I don’t clean it out as often as I should. What exactly is a junk drawer? A junk drawer is a place to put items that don’t have a home or an important purpose. Soon enough we forgot about what we put in the junk drawer and that is when it becomes “junk”. It was time to clean out my junk drawer as I…

31 Days to Declutter Your Home & Live Life Simply: Office/Desk Feel like you have a mountain of papers taking over your desk? That was my situation and getting so bad that I didn’t have space to work. Paperwork can accumulate fast from kids school work, bills, etc. We often get busy and put paperwork in piles throughout the week hoping we get back to them later. Then, when we need a paper we can no longer find it as it has been long gone and buried. I know how it is because I am a victim of doing this…

31 Days to Declutter Your Home & Live Life Simply: Bathroom Cabinet Shutting the bathroom cabinet door is so easy to do and we all do it from time to time. I always seem to be looking for a hairbrush, hair tie, etc. and can never find it. Today, it was time to tackle my bathroom cabinet under the sink. It may not look like I did a lot to it. Believe it or not I threw a grocery bag of expired products and junk that was just taking up space. I organized each side to what I use the…