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Clearing up the clutter on Valentine’s Day is a practical way to love your home. Here are some organization and storage tips to help you get there.

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In between relationships right now? Skip the chocolates and flowers this Valentine’s Day and instead go straight for the clutter. One of the best ways to say I love you to yourself and your home is to get rid of the mess and create a tidy house. When it comes to loving your lovely abode, here are a few tips for making it a decluttered Valentine’s Day.

Create an organization system

Okay, so you probably don’t need to go the color-coordinated route when organizing your home, but an organization system doesn’t hurt. An organization system isn’t necessarily a way to declutter your home, but rather how to keep your home clean and tidy on an ongoing basis.

For starters, you’ll want to control your clutter by having a designated spot for everything from your car keys to your daily mail. Likewise, you’ll want to keep organization in the forefront of your mind by putting things back where you found them and encouraging your family to do the same. Organization is a team effort, especially when it’s a full house.

Let the shredder do the dirty work

Arguably one of the biggest clutter culprits in any home is paper. Old bills, junk mail, random documents, notes from your ex, maybe? They all take up valuable space in drawers, cabinets, and closets. For non-sensitive paper items, the recycling bin is always a great way to cut the clutter.

However, if you have old tax documents and bills riddled with your account numbers, then a paper shredder is a home organizer’s best friend. Shredding and bagging those piles of paper will help you get your clutter under control without compromising your sensitive personal information.

Attack your closets

Also known as clutter dungeons, your closets are more than likely stuffed to the ceiling with things you haven’t seen in years. Fortunately, decluttering and rearranging your closets is as easy as sorting through their contents over the weekend.

Chances are everyone in your home has his or her own closet, so why not throw a closet cleaning party? Choose a weekend day when everyone is home and have your family members sift through their closets in search of old clothing and random items. You’ll have a clutter pile the size of your car before you know it.

Have a yard sale

One family’s clutter is another family’s treasure, which is why having a yard sale is a smart move. Not only do yard sales help you clear your clutter and organize your home, but they also create a little revenue on the side. Just don’t go spending all that yard sale money on more eventual clutter.

If you don’t use it, don’t keep it

When it comes to having a clutter-free Valentine’s Day, adopting a “don’t use it, don’t keep it” attitude is a step in the organized direction. Donating your old clothing, baby toys, and space-eating knickknacks to donation centers like Goodwill and The Salvation Army is one of the best ways to rid your home of the hodgepodge. Not only that, you’ll also get a tax write-off on your clutter.

If you really want to love your home this year and for years to come, keep it clutter-free by following the pointers above.

 

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Cate Morgan-Harlow

Cate Morgan-Harlow is an all arounder, writing about how-to, DIY, and design with gusto. She is a shadowy figure with a mysterious past.