10 Ways to Declutter Your Home

Cut the clutter and achieve an organized home with these handy hints


From old kitchen utensils to broken appliances, there are a lot of home items that can be discarded to maintain an organized and clutter-free home.

Check out this list of activities that you can do and make sure you turn them into clutter-busting strategies.


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Check your shoe rack.

Throw away slippers and sandals with missing pairs. Shoes you’ve kept for almost two years need to go, too. Pairs you haven’t worn for years tend to crumble and crack when you attempt to wear them again.

Go through your drawers.

Chipped glasses, crystals or serving ware must be properly discarded. These broken pieces can cut your lip or skin.

Check your shelves.

Old magazines – dating back to two-three years ago can be donated to schools for projects or can even be sold to those buying past issues.

Go through the refrigerator and pantry.

Expired food – canned, bottled, dry or liquid must be thrown way ASAP.

Check your storage room.

Appliances that are no longer working and broken gadgets must be discarded – especially if you’ve already replaced them.

Inspect your living room.

Old pillows and cushions must be replaced as soon as possible. Keep in mind that the older these are, the more dust mites will live in them. This is important for those who suffer from allergies or asthma.

Check your medicine kit.

Expired medicines must be thrown away ASAP to avoid any wrong intake that might cause a bigger health problem.

Go through your kids’ stuff.

Old toys that your kids have outgrown can be donated to charity.

Check your kitchen utensils.

Old cookware with peeling black and silver patches as well as melted or rusty cooking utensils must be thrown away or replaced ASAP. These items aren’t just taking up space, it might contaminate your food, too.

Check your furniture.

Pieces that you don’t use such as an old office chair or those with missing wheels or warped cabinets must be thrown out immediately.


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