Friday, 22 October 2021

The 5 Day Declutter Challenge

Let’s face it, with the change of the season comes the desire or need to clean, organize, declutter, and even change the look of our homes. The holiday season is right around the corner, the time for family gatherings and celebrations. Before that time arrives, do our 5 Day Declutter Challenge!


Day One - Planning


First, things first. Have a plan. Will you be needing someone to assist in moving furniture or have you been storing items for a family member or friend? Once you have them scheduled for their help, give Bin There Dump That a call to schedule your dumpster. The dumpster can be there at the beginning of your challenge to help it go smoothly. Next, will you be donating any items? Will those organizations pick up or will you need to drop off? Today is also the day you will need to purchase any organization materials, such as storage containers.  


Day Two - Closets and Bathrooms


Start small. Well, relatively speaking. Your smallest areas may be your most disguised. Closets and bathroom cabinets can hide a lot of clutter. Day Two should be dedicated to these areas.


Bathrooms are pretty simple when it comes to decluttering. The goal with bathrooms is to rid them of any expired items and all broken/unusable items. Closets are usually more involved. Closets can get so packed that you will need to pull out stuff to get to the other items. That is a sure sign decluttering needs to be done. With closets, you will need to decide what items will still need storing away and what items it is time to throw out or donate. A good standard with clothing is... if the clothing does not fit anymore, is in need of repair/soiled, or you have not worn in 2 years, it is time to donate or throw away. Other items in closets can be sorted along those standards with keepsakes in safe storage, unusable items in the dumpster, and forgotten items that are no longer used, donated. 


Day Three - Bedrooms


Bedrooms will be much easier once you have tackled the closets. With bedrooms, other storage places, such as dressers and nightstands can be done on Day Three. Have trash bags ready to quickly collect old and unwanted items for disposing in the dumpster. And don’t forget under the bed! That old laptop that is out of date can be finally thrown away because Bin There Dump That will take all e-waste. Once these areas are cleared, decide if any decoration or furniture needs to be removed. Just 2 more days in the challenge and you will be done!


Day Four - Attic and Garage


Day Four is for the attic and garage. Both these places can end up being a storage place for items that are in need of repair or donation. Now is the time to dispose of that broken weed eater and lawn chair. And depending on the time of year, it could be a good time to go through seasonal items that you use annually.


Day Five - Kitchen and Living Areas


The final day of your Declutter Challenge is the kitchen and other living areas. Again, the challenge with clutter is deciding whether it is worth keeping. Do you have an extra coffee maker that is in a cabinet, two blenders? These decisions whether to store away for future use or to clear out space is a personal one. Maybe you have cleared out space elsewhere during the challenge. Or maybe it is time to finally let it go. It will be such a relief when all the lids match their containers once again!


And why not take advantage of your Declutter Challenge by disposing of old shower curtains, bedding, pillows, and drapes. Often these can collect harmful dust. Replacing at this time will bring a new look and healthier home.


You’re done! In just 5 days. Glad we could help!