Ways to declutter your home in 2019

Dated: 01/06/2019

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The new year tends to spark motivation in many people.  Cleaning motivation something you are looking for?  The below info is tips on how to declutter your property.  

Michelle Foreman

Fourth Generation Realtor, Texas Urban Living

C: 214-394-2487



How-To: Declutter Your Home in the New Year


How-To: Declutter Your Home in the New Year

  • Create a drop station to hold your daily items: keys, mail, purse, or wallet. Make sure to pick baskets and bins that will adequately hold everything to keep your entryway neat.

  • Placing a bench with a basket by your front door gives your guests a subtle hint to take their shoes off when they come into your home.


  • Keep your living space clutter-free by carefully curating what is displayed on shelving and on top of your coffee table. If you no longer love looking at something, give yourself permission to donate it or put it in storage.

  • If you have young kids, give them a basket in the room for them to own. They can fill it up with whatever toys they want, and switch out the contents as often as they like. This will keep the quantity of toys limited, the items contained, and your space organized.


  • Edit out old kitchen utensils you no longer use or have in multiples. Use drawer inserts to contain things so that they stay neat and organized.

  • Use countertop canisters for either basic baking ingredients or to house your coffee and tea. It’s an inexpensive way to add extra storage and accessorize your kitchen.


  • Take the one-year rule seriously. If you haven’t worn it in the past year, it’s likely you won’t wear it again. Donate it, give it to a friend, or put it in a sentimental box if it has nostalgic value. But leaving items you don’t wear in your closet just crowds your space and makes it harder to find the things you do wear.

  • Keep all your hangers uniform. We are partial to slim velvet hangers, but no matter what you like best—just make sure you invest in a matching set. It’s the single biggest game changer for any closet and instantly elevates your space. From there, group tops, pants, and dresses together and color code within each category.

  • If your shoes don’t fit nicely, try using clear shoe boxes. You can select sizes for heels, boots, or flats, and can easily stack them to triple your space.


  • Place your laundry products in bins, and a couple of products in labeled jars. Your shelving stays neatly organized and a few canisters add an upgraded look to your space.

  • Keep a bin in your laundry room for mismatched socks. Think of it like soles without mates. You’ll eventually find what you’re looking for and save yourself the frustration!


  • Kids grow out of toys as quickly as they grow out of clothes. We recommend editing your kids’ items twice a year to clear out the clutter.

  • Focus on simple systems that are intuitive to learn, and easy to maintain. Start by grouping all the similar categories together and position items on dedicated shelves. (Frequently used items should be kept down low, and sentimental items on the top shelves.) Color-coded toys, books, and clothes make it easy for kids to find what they are looking for and easy to put away at the end of the day.

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Michelle Foreman

Michelle Foreman isn't one to focus solely on getting the job done but instead on getting the job done RIGHT. Michelle, a Fourth Generation Realtor, is certified as both a Senior Real Estate Speciali....

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