De-clutter Friiiiday Friiiday Friiiday

Friday Rebecca BlackIs the blog title too old of a pop culture reference since it’s a few months ago? I think not. I think it’s a wonderful reminder of such a fantastic song that brought so much joy to so many people. And, it’s tied in with the topic of today’s blog post. Well…because today is Friday.

Friday is traditionally the day when I try to wrap up outstanding items from my weeks to do list (on good weeks, I’ve at least made a good dent in the list) and starting to think about what I need to do on the weekend. This morning my husband and I (still getting used to that phrase!) were discussing how we still need to get our home cleaned out. Spring cleaning was also during wedding planning so we have some catching up to do. But also, my sister-in-law is moving out of her apartment and going through a similar pack and purge process. I figured, with Memorial Day weekend coming up, the end of the month when leases expire and people have to move as well as a gamut of other reasons, I’d research some ways of de-cluttering apartments or homes. So here we go:

  1. Pick an area or room to start. It’s best to start with the most cluttered area (bedroom, kitchen, etc)
  2. Start with a single corner of that area and lay out everything in that corner. This helps you visualize what is actually in that space.
  3. Sort the things in order of value (1. I MUST keep this or I’ll start crying. 2. This hasn’t been used for 2 years but is still in good condition, maybe I should donate it – shameless plug for Zealous Good. 3. This really should have been thrown out months/years ago)
  4. Get a strong trash bag and toss the stuff that is no longer good and need to be thrown out.
  5. Decide what is still in good condition, but no longer needs to be taking up space/gathering dust in your house and submit a form to donate by clicking here. Another shameless plug, sorry!
  6. Arrange the remainder of the stuff neatly so it is more accessible going forward.
  7. Repeat this process in all corners, all areas until you crash on your couch in exhaustion.

That wasn’t so hard was it? Remember, that stuff you haven’t used for a little while, it could really benefit a local non-profit in need! Happy de-cluttering!


Brittany Martin Graunke is the founder of Zealous Good, an in-kind donations marketplace in Chicago. You can find Brittany on Google+ or on Twitter at @ZealousBrittany. You can find Zealous Good on Facebook and Zealous Good on Twitter at @ZealousGood.

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