Did you make a New Year’s resolution to declutter your North County home, but you’re feeling kind of “meh” about it? We get it. Cleaning and decluttering isn’t high on the list of everyone’s favorite things to do, especially right after the holidays. The good news is, you can be lazy and still get a handle on your home’s mess. Read on to find out how!
Determine your “hot zones”
Do you have a space or two in your home that just tends to be the clutter hot zone? You know what we’re talking about – that countertop, closet, drawer, or even room where all the miscellaneous stuff seems to pile up? Take a walk around your home and make a list of those spaces that bother you the most. Then pick one as a starting point.
Decide on a timeline
We’re not suggesting you eliminate all your clutter in one day, or even one weekend. That’s not how us lazy people do it. Instead, decide on a schedule that gives you plenty of time to complete your tasks. Maybe you decided to tackle one hot zone a week, or even one a month. Write it down in your schedule and give yourself a deadline so you’re more likely to stick to it.
Set a timer
It’s extremely hard to motivate yourself to devote an entire day to cleaning one of your hot zones. So start small. Set a time for five minutes. Declutter what you can in that amount of time. If you feel like doing more, set the timer again. If not, congratulate yourself on getting started and commit to keep going later.
Keep cast-offs organized
Another hurdle to decluttering your home is deciding what to do with the things you don’t want. So set up two boxes to use while you’re decluttering. One box will be for trash and one box for things you don’t want but aren’t yet sure what to do with. As you declutter your home, you will fill up each box. Obviously, you can toss or recycle the items in the trash box. For those items that are in the other box, you can decide if you want to donate the items or sell them. There are many places in the North County San Diego area that accept your donations, and some of them will even pick them up from you at your home!
Be gentle with yourself
It’s OK if your home isn’t as tidy as Marie Kondo’s. Not everyone enjoys cleaning and decluttering as much as she does. It’s not a moral failure if your home is a little messy. As long as you are happy and comfortable, that is all that matters. After all, it’s your home! So be gentle with yourself and manage your expectations.