Concentrate on your Area of Focus each week for decluttering.
- Go out in front of your house and look at your front porch. Is the sidewalk an obstacle course? Is the front porch welcoming and neat. I need to wipe off the area around my door bell. I straighten my door mat whenever I notice it sliding out of place. Make it neat, make it pretty.
Moms include your little ones in your projects – they are diverted, they learn and it will make it easier to get things done.
Walk into the entry of your home. What can you do to make it neater, more welcoming, more user friendly. These areas are often the first or only areas seen by visitors. If these areas are orderly and pretty, they will assume that the rest of your home is too. This is your launching and landing pad. I have a place for things going out of the house in the entry. Mail goes in a sorter next to the front door along with papers and mail for my children who are no longer at home.
I have a stair step basket for things that need to go upstairs and for larger items that need to go home with my children and grandchildren. When my daughter and her family lived with us I had a shoe organizer for the many pairs of shoes that were left in the entry. It was a white organizer with cubbie holes.
Make sure your entry closet has space and hangers for guest’s coats. Remember, identify the purpose and function for each room/area and get the stuff that doesn’t have anything to do with that purpose or function out of there.
Take a look at your dining room and give some thought to what needs to happen there, just as you have the other areas. Again, purpose and function. Make it neat, make it pretty.