Sunday, June 14, 2009


Over time our homes, especially if they are smaller homes, have a tendency to accumulate and collect all kinds of treasures, gems and keepsakes...otherwise referred to as "junk". Now we all know that one person's trash is another person's treasures, but our homes can only hold so much "treasure!!!" I have listed below several ways of going about the process of decluttering or decontamination, whichever term applies. Of course, this process will not be done in one day, after all it took years to make it this way. Start slow and take the time needed to follow through. You will find that decluttering is not as hard as you thought it would be.

1. Cupboards - Go through all your kitchen cupboards, one at a time of course, and you will be amazed at what you find that can be thrown out.
2. Bedroom Closets - The saying goes, "If you haven't worn it in a year, get rid of it." I am not sure I agree with that statement totally, but it is a good guideline to follow. I am always amazed at the clothes I get rid of (and how many I still have) when I clean out my closets!
3. Bookcases - We've all hung on to books for years that we knew we'd never use again. It's time to let go of your 1980 College Algebra book! Also, go through knickknacks, papers, magazines, or anything else filling up those bookcases.
4. Kids Room - This is something that needs to be done about twice a year. Go through their clothes, toys, video games, etc and out goes anything they are no longer interested in or doesn't fit.
5. Bathroom - We know how cluttered and overflowing those vanities and medicine chests can get. Go through all those goodies and if it has hardened, softened or changed color, get rid of it!
6. Linen Closet - Towels, sheets, curtains, etc, are also things that need to be periodically sorted and tossed.
7. Under Your Bed - This part of the decluttering can be quite scary. Proceed with caution and always have a weapon, such as broom, vacuum cleaner or bug spray with you! Who the heck knows what you will find under there, but I can bet a lot of it can go.
8. Organize - There are so many great products these days. Get some inexpensive plastic boxes and neatly store all your items that are not in display or not used daily.
9. Throw Out the Old - One thing you must absolutely remember when decluttering is you have to THROW AWAY the NOT USED or WANTED. Do not just take everything out and rearrange!10. Everything in its Place - Once you have everything decluttered and organized, get everyone to keep everything in its place and your home will remain organized and clutter free forever! Yea, right - nice dream, but decluttering and organizing can give you a sense of control and achievement. This might not mean much to some folks, but think a moment...if you can get control over this part of your life, maybe taking control of the big things will not be so hard!

The Butler Team
Tina & Mike Butler
(918) 740-1000


Lori Cain said...

OMG - how did you get a photo of my husband's office? LOL


I didn't know he officed in my house!


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