With summer finally coming to an end and school back in session, it won’t be long until the wind gets chillier and rain turns to snow. With this change it’ll be time to pull out the boots, hats, mittens, blankets, and more in an attempt to stay warm and toasty. As such, September is the perfect time to focus and prepare for de-cluttering, as parents especially know just how messy fall and winter can get. Let’s talk about the art of decluttering and get some tips and tricks to master it.
For most, one’s entryway and its closet are perhaps the most cluttered come the cold. All that winter gear can pile up and it is not uncommon to lose a few hats or mittens to the mess. Storage benches are a great way to both store winter necessities in colder months but also store sunscreen, hats, flip-flops, etc in the warmer ones. They also provide a great spot to sit whilst strapping or unstrapping those clunky winter boots or lacing up sneakers. For those with an entry closet, check out hanging shoe storage. Though intended for sneakers and sandals, these affordable options also work great for hats, mittens, and scarves. This can be extra helpful in preventing 1-mitten syndrome and, for those with children, try labelling pockets for extra organization.
For the living rooms or den, storage ottomans make a great hiding spot for those essential blankets. Check out our previous post for even more info on them! For those who really struggle with clutter, try the 20/20 rule; If it can be replaced for under 20$ or in less than 20 minutes, it’s likely not worth keeping. Try clearing out ratty or threadbare blankets, those old and lumpy throw pillows, and unused and under-appreciated toys. Cords are also a major factor in making a space appear cluttered, so try investing in a cord storage box or cable ties.