I was staying at home last week for pet sitting at the same time they had hired someone to come organize and declutter their kitchen and butler’s pantry. After semi-watching the process over 3-4 days, I realized a few things:
- There is no magic to decluttering and organizing. It takes time, the ability to purge, and patience.
- I can’t afford to have someone else do this for me.
- I was tired of living in everyone else’s home and going home to clutter.
Decluttering – One Thing at a Time
So I came home and spent a few hours every day this week on decluttering and/or organizing a different area of my home. I started with the kitchen counter on Monday and knocked that off pretty quickly – about 90 minutes in total!
Then I moved onto the pantry on Tuesday…that took 2.5 hours total but that also included bagging the non-expired stuff that we weren’t keeping, listing it for free on Nextdoor.com, and it being picked up by a family that just became single income suddenly with four kids. Woot!
Wednesday and Thursday were dedicated to my bedroom, about 6 hours in total.
I forgot to take before and after photos until I was nearly done, but here is a sadly good representation of what my side of the room looked like on Wednesday morning:
Taking care of the laundry was only the majority of the job. Then the top of my chest of drawers needed a complete overhaul since it was covered in old paperwork, mail, and random pet sitting stuff from the last 12 months at least! Then I tackled the rest of my side of the room while my husband did his half. After 3-4 hours on Wednesday and 2-3 hours on Thursday, here’s what the area looks like now:
It feels amazing and open in my kitchen and bedroom again! Totally worth all of the time, and I didn’t even have to pay $20-$100 an hour for it! I’m running out of steam but plan to tackle the main downstairs closet and filing cabinet next week. Maybe my office at some point too…
How do you tackle decluttering and organizing in your home?