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The Most ~Forgotten~ Areas In Your Home That *NEED* Decluttering

Don't overlook these spots!
Decluttering Your Home: Neglected Areas
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Several areas in a home may need decluttering but are often overlooked. We usually focus on the closet because that's probably the most overwhelming spot we encounter every day. But, decluttering your home should include even the most unsuspected locations in your house. You may not be aware that you're accumulating unused items that are just taking up space.

When you're ready to tidy up your life, be sure to add these locations to your decluttering project:

The Places In Your Home That You May Be Forgetting To Declutter

  • Junk drawers

    We all have that one drawer or area where we tend to throw miscellaneous items that we're not sure what to do with. These areas can quickly become cluttered with items that we don't need or use. Old phone chargers, cables, or even random buttons could fall under this category. Expired credit cards, membership cards, and old receipts? You also don't need them. (Remember to dispose of any item that has your personal information properly. Cut them up or shred them!). 

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  • Kitchen cabinets and pantry

    Over time, kitchen cabinets and pantries can become cluttered with never been opened or expired food items, as well as unused or duplicate kitchen gadgets and tools. Throw away expired food and make sure to take note of them so you won't make the mistake of wasting food and money again. Donate food that won't expire for at least six months. Also, check cleaning products that may need to be disposed of.

  • Medicine cabinets

    Over time, medicine cabinets can be just storage for expired medications. It's important to regularly go through your medicine cabinet and dispose of any expired items safely. We prefer to flush these in the toilet, but if you have any other suggestions please do let us know!

  • Linen closets

    We are guilty of hoarding pretty bedding in 2021. Our excuse was that we were power nesting. Now that we've finally learned what ~home aesthetic~ really works for us, we have accepted that it's time to let go of some of our home budols. Our linen closets can easily become cluttered with old towels, bedsheets, and pillowcases that we no longer use. Consider donating any items that are in good condition but no longer needed.

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  • Storage areas or the "bodega"

    If you have a storage room or space, it's important to periodically go through the items stored there. It can be super tempting to just dump everything there and forget about them. Although those items are out of sight and out of mind, these are still clutter! You must gather the willpower to check them out and let go of the items that are no longer needed or used.

  • Digital clutter

    This spot is the most neglected one because it's not that "visible." Our digital lives can become just as cluttered as our physical spaces. Take some time to declutter your email inbox, delete unused apps from your phone, and organize your digital files and photos.

Decluttering can be overwhelming but is an ongoing process. It's not an overnight thing that magically happens! It's important to regularly evaluate the items in your home to ensure that they continue to serve a purpose and bring you joy. 

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