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March’s – The 31 Day ‘Declutter’ Detox – A simple plan to declutter your home in just 15 minutes per day!

by Carla Ditzel, Feb 2018

The idea is to develop some simple habits to help you stay tidy and organised by gradually clearing out all of the obvious unwanted and unused “clutter”.  Think of it as a detox diet for your house!

The Plan

Day 1: Paperwork – Do you have a pile of paperwork collecting on your kitchen counter or anywhere else in the house?  Go through bills, receipts, and any other paperwork, filing or shredding as you go.

Day 2: Hallway – Donate any coats, shoes, or accessories that you no longer use.  If you are short on space, put items that are out of season into storage somewhere else in your home.

Day 3: Purse – Empty out all rubbish and items that you do not use regularly.  Dispose of any old receipts, and file away those important ones.

Day 4: Cleaning supplies – Go through your cleaning supplies and get rid of anything you don’t use. Switch to multi-purpose cleaners wherever possible.  If you have multiple partially filled bottles of the same product, combine them into one bottle.  Throw old cloths away – they just harbor dirt.

Day 5: Fridge and freezer – Remove all items that have expired.  Minimize packaging to save space, recycling as you go.

Day 6: Pantry and other dry food storage – Dispose of all items that have expired and get rid of anything that you know you will not use.  Don’t forget to check the spices, too.  Place items that will be expiring soon towards the front of the cupboard, and use them up first.

Day 7: Free for all – This is your catch-up day if you didn’t finish any of the above areas.  If you are all caught up, pick the most cluttered area in your home to go through.

Day 8: Kitchen cabinets – Look for any kitchen items that you do not use or no longer have room for. Ensure that all Tupperware has matching lids and eliminate as many unnecessary kitchen gadgets, cookbooks, and utensils as you can.

Day 9: Medicine cabinet/First Aid supplies – Medicine is best stored in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.  Go through all medications and look for items that have expired or no longer needed.  Return expired medications to your local pharmacy for safe disposal.

Day 10: Dining area – Commit to keeping your table clutter free.  Find storage solutions for all items that frequently accumulate on the table.  Donate any dishes, or other items that you do not use to the local charity shop.

Day 11: Entertainment area – Dispose of CDs & DVDs.  Music and videos are so easily accessible through our computers and mobile devices, that CDs and DVDs are a thing of the past… clutter!

Day 12: Magazines and books – Let go of your magazine hoarding and get rid of any outdated editions.  Cut out pages that you would like to keep and stick in a scrapbook.  Recycle or donate old books that you will no longer read.

Day 13: Junk drawer – Get rid of everything that is not needed.  If you have time, use inexpensive plastic containers to store similar items together.  Pop take-away menus into a folder.

Day 14: Free for all – This is your catch-up day, if you didn’t finish any of the above areas.  If you are all caught up, pick the most cluttered area in your home to go through.

Day 15: Desk – File away any important paperwork and shred remaining papers.  Sort smaller office supplies and only keep products that you use.

Day 16: Bathroom cabinet – Go through all cosmetics and keep only what you really use.

Day 17: Linen closet – Donate any bedcovers that you no longer use and dispose of any items that are not suitable for the charity shop.

Day 18: Make-up – Dispose of anything that has expired, cracked or is no longer in style.  Pick your favourites and get rid of the numerous lipsticks that you never wear.

Day 19: Jewellery – Sort through all of your jewellery and decide what items you still wear.  Donate or dispose of rest!

Day 20: Bedroom closet – Sort through all clothing and ask yourself if you would still wear it, really?  If not, it is time for it to go!

Day 21: Free for All – This is your catch-up day if you didn’t finish any of the above areas.  If you are all caught up, pick the most cluttered area in your home to go through.

Day 22:  Sock and underwear drawer – Go through all of those socks and underwear.  Make sure you have matching socks with no holes and only keep what you still wear.

Day 23: Bedside table – Clear off the table top and sort through drawers keeping only what you would need before bed or use during the night.

Day 24: Kids’ toys – This is always a fun one.  Sort through toys to see what your kids still use (they can help out if they’re old enough).  Check to see that toys have all parts and are in working order before donating or selling.

Day 25: Kids’ closets – Check to see what clothes still fit and donate the old ones or sort them into a labelled storage bin if you are saving them for younger children.

Day 26: Craft space – Be ruthless and really evaluate what items you still need and use.  Schools will often take extra supplies that you are looking to get rid of.

Day 27: Laundry room – Sort through cupboards for any laundry products that are old or not used.

Day 28: Free for all – This is your catch-up day if you didn’t finish any of the above areas.  If you are all caught up, pick the most cluttered area in your home to go through.

Day 29: Basement – Chances are this is one of the biggest source of clutter.  Set a timer and try to get rid of as many items as possible.  Use large bags or transparent boxes to store seasonal items together.

Day 30: Garage – This one is also a big clutter offender.  Again, set a timer and collect as many items as you can that you no longer use or need.  Your £50,000 car should be in there, not your £50 Flymo.

Day 31: Car – Grab two bags, one for rubbish and one for anything that needs to go back into the house.  Put everything away in its proper place that you bring back into the house.